USS Indiana (SSN-789)

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USS Indiana (SSN-789)
Name: USS Indiana
Awarded: 22 December 2008
Builder: Newport News Shipbuilding
Laid down: 16 May 2015[1]
Launched: 9 June 2017[2]
Sponsored by: Diane Donald
Christened: 29 April 2017[3]
Motto: "Silent Victors"
Status: Launched
General characteristics
Class and type: Virginia-class submarine
Displacement: 7800 tons light, 7800 tons full
Length: 114.9 meters (377 feet)
Beam: 10.3 meters (34 feet)
Propulsion: S9G reactor
Speed: 25 knots (46 km/h)[4]
Range: Essentially unlimited distance; 33 years
Test depth: greater than 800 feet (240 meters)[5]
Complement: 134 officers and men[4]

USS Indiana (SSN-789) will be a Virginia-class submarine. The contract to build her was awarded to Huntington Ingalls Industries in partnership with the Electric Boat division of General Dynamics in Newport News, Virginia on 22 December 2008. This ship is the sixth of the Block III subs which will feature a revised bow, including some technology from Ohio-class SSGNs.[6] The Commanding Officer is Commander Jesse Zimbauer, the Executive Officer is LCDR Ryan Heineman, and the Chief of the Boat is Master Chief LaFrederick Herring.


The gold torch and stars are symbols from the State Flag of Indiana. The torch represents liberty and enlightenment; the rays surrounding the torch represent their far-reaching influence. The stars in a circle surrounding the torch signify each state to join the Union before Indiana, which was the 19th state. Two battleships, silhouetted above "SSN 789", represent BB-1 and BB-58, the vessels that previously bore the INDIANA namesake. Three gears and a head of wheat on either side of "SSN 789" represent the agriculture and industry native to the state of Indiana. The stylized "USS INDIANA" banner and the finish line racing flag pay tribute to the state of Indiana's famous speedway and IndyCar heritage. Silver and gold dolphins on either side of the head of wheat and gears represent the technical prowess of the enlisted and officer submarine community. The crest is encompassed by a gold outline of the state of Indiana.

Ship's History[edit]

The keel for the USS Indiana (SSN 789) was laid on 16 May 2015[1] and was launched on 9 June 2017.[2]


  1. ^ a b "News Shipbuilding Celebrates the Keel-Laying of Virginia-Class Submarine Indiana (SSN 789)" (Press release). Huntingdon Ingalls Industries. 18 May 2015. Retrieved 18 May 2015. 
  2. ^ a b "Huntington Ingalls Industries Launches Virginia-Class Submarine Indiana (SSN 789)" (Press release). Huntingdon Ingalls Industries. 9 June 2017. Retrieved 9 June 2017. 
  3. ^ "Huntington Ingalls Industries Christens Virginia-Class Submarine Indiana at Newport News Shipbuilding" (Press release). Huntingdon Ingalls Industries. 29 April 2017. Retrieved 29 April 2017. 
  4. ^ a b "The US Navy – Fact File". Retrieved 5 July 2007. 
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  6. ^ "Virginia Block III: The Revised Bow". Retrieved 20 May 2008. 

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