The Navy will commission its 10th Virginia-class submarine as the USS Minnesota during a ceremony Saturday at Naval Station Norfolk in Norfolk, Va.
The submarine was built in Newport News, Va., under a teaming agreement between Electric Boat in Groton and Newport News Shipbuilding, a division of Huntington Ingalls Industries, in Virginia. Construction began in February 2008 and the team delivered Minnesota (SSN 783) in June, 11 months ahead of schedule.
Rear Adm. Kenneth M. Perry, commander of Submarine Group Two, said, "Administratively and operationally, the Minnesota is ready to join the fleet."
The ship's sponsor, Ellen Roughead, will take part in Saturday's ceremony. Roughead is the wife of retired Adm. Gary Roughead, a former chief of naval operations. The new submarine will be the Navy's third ship to bear the state of Minnesota's name.
The ceremony begins at 10 a.m. and can be viewed live online at navylive.dodlive.mil.