New USS Indiana C.O. To Visit Jasper This Evening

Jasper (NNDC) – There’s a new USS Indiana coming aboard the United States Navy. Its a “fast attack” nuclear submarine. The new USS Indiana is the first namesake ship of the 19th state in more than 70 years; and will be the fourth ship to carry the name Indiana.

In celebratng what will be the fourth United State Navy vessel to carry the name Indiana, the Jasper American Legion Post 147 is welcoming the Commanding Officer and Master Chief of the new USS Indiana in a special “meet and greet” at the Jasper post this (Tuesday) afternoon.

The Jasper Post says the two men are visiting Indiana communities and businesses as part of a seven stop tour to raise awareness about the new ship and its crew.

In a news release, the United States Navy says nearly a hundred Indiana businesses are involved with manufacturing something for the U. S. Navy Submarine Program or in support of the construction of the ships (see video below for more on the USN Submarine program). The Navy says “Hoosier hands are building the Hoosier Boat.

The public is invited to today’s “Meet and Greet” which will be held at the local legion hall beginning at 3:00PM.

The third USS Indiana, a battleship, proudly served during World Word II. The ship was decommissioned in 1947 and disassembled.

The ship’s prow (the forward-most part of a battleship’s bow that cuts through the water), is now on permanent display at Indiana University’s Memorial The ship’s mainmast and two of its gun mounts were installed near the west gate of the stadium in 1966.

In 2013, IU Assistant Vice President for Strategic Partnerships Kirk White helped secure the prow from a restaurant in Berkeley, California. In a published report, White said having the prow on display at IU is a great tribute to the state.

“The state, when the ship was named after Indiana back in the 1941, sent a large delegation of Hoosiers to the Newport naval yard in Virginia, to christen the ship,” White says. “So a large group of 700 Hoosiers went out when the ship was actually christened and named after the people of Indiana.”

An IU alum spotted the prow during a vacation a year earlier to the west coast. He wrote a letter to the Bloomington Herald-Times encouraging the university to secure it.

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