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Coliseum to stream sub event

September 27, 2018

Memorial Coliseum announced Wednesday that it will show live video footage of the commissioning ceremony for the new USS Indiana submarine, which will be held Saturday morning in Port Canaveral, Florida.

The free screening will be at 10 a.m. in the Appleseed Room at the Coliseum. The video stream is being provided by the USS Indiana Commissioning Committee.

The USS Indiana is a nuclear-powered fast-attack sub that can be used in warfare and for intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance missions, according to the Navy. Saturday’s commissioning will mark its official entry into the Navy’s active-service fleet.

The vessel is nearly 380 feet long, weighs 7,800 tons, is armed with torpedoes and Tomahawk cruise missiles, and carries a crew of 150 sailors. The submarine’s periscopes are infrared digital cameras.

Construction began in September 2012 on what is the Navy’s 16th Virginia-class fast-attack submarine, which launched in June. It was built in Newport News, Virginia, by Huntington Ingalls Industries and General Dynamics. The submarine cost a reported $2.56 billion.

The sub is the Navy’s third vessel named for the Hoosier State. The first was a battleship commissioned in 1895 that served in the Spanish-American War. The second was a battleship commissioned in 1941 that deployed to Pacific Theater operations during World War II. The anchor of the WWII battleship rests in Veterans Plaza outside the Coliseum.

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