Commissioning of USS Washington

NORFOLK, Va (WVEC) – The Navy's new submarine officially became "USS Washington" at its commissioning ceremony Saturday.

The sub is the first to be named after the state of Washington.

More than 100 sailors man the vessel which is the second Virginia-class type submarine to be stationed at Naval Station Norfolk.

Navy officials said the sub is meant to operate in deep ocean waters and conduct anti-submarine warfare, strike warfare and combat search and rescue, to name a few.

It also is equipped to launch 12 Tomahawk cruise missiles.

The submarine completed trials at sea, and some sailors have been on board for two years.

Third-generation seaman Kevin Wilson is honored to be a part of the crew.

"I feel like I'm just continuing on with what [my father and grandfather] are doing," said Wilson. "The family on board Washington is very strong."

The submarine's sponsor is Elisabeth Mabus, daughter of the 75th Secretary of the Navy, Ray Mabus.

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