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Construction to Begin Saturday on USS Indiana

Attack submarine will be first Navy ship named for Indiana since 1963

The Navy formally begins construction Saturday on the U.S.S. Indiana.

Newport News Shipbuilding will hold a keel-laying ceremony with Navy brass at its Virginia shipyard. It'll likely be a couple more years before the sub launches.

The Navy announced in 2012 it would name one of five new attack submarines after Indiana. It's the third Navy ship to bear Indiana's name. The last U.S.S. Indiana was a battleship which saw action at Tarawa, the Philippine Sea, and the Marianas Islands during World War II.

The ship was scrapped more than half a century ago. Its anchor is on display at Memorial Coliseum in Fort Wayne, while the prow of the ship is at IU's Memorial Stadium.

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