US Navy lays the keel of future Virginia-class USS Idaho attack submarine

On 24th August 2020, the U.S. Navy held a keel-laying ceremony in Groton and officially began the construction of a new Virginia-class attack submarine "USS Idaho".
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US Navy lays the keel of future Virginia class USS Idaho attack submarine 925 002Representative image Virginia-class attack submarine USS Delaware (SSN 791). (Picture source: US Navy)

The Navy held a ceremony with former Idaho Governor Dirk Kempthorne Monday to name Nicholas Meyers as the USS Idaho commander. Its crew of 135 sailors will also feature three native Idahoans.

General Dynamics is constructing this $2.44 billion piece of equipment at a shipyard in Quonset Point, Rhode Island. The submarine is 377 feet long, can travel up to 25 knots and is capable of diving 800 feet.

The future USS Idaho (SSN 799) will be the fifth U.S. naval vessel named after the Gem State. The USS Idaho will be the 26th submarine of the Virginia-class which is the most advanced nuclear submarine of the U.S. Navy.

The USS Idaho will be the fifth ship to represent Idaho, but the first in more than a century. The last one was a battleship that played a crucial role in the Battle of Iwo Jima during World War II.