The U.S. Navy’s Virginia-class nuclear attack submarines are built in two shipyards – the Newport News Shipbuilding yard of Huntington Ingalls Industries in Virginia, and the Electric Boat facilities of General Dynamics in Connecticut and Rhode Island. Each yard builds specific sections of every sub and ships them to the other yard, which alternate in completing the boats.
The latest sub under construction at Newport News is the MINNESOTA, tenth ship of the class. Here are several views of the undersea craft taken this year, from a construction view in the building shed in May, the ship’s christening ceremony in late October, and the launch on Nov. 9.
All photos courtesy HII/Newport News Shipbuilding.
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