Navy's model of next USS Indiana to be displayed before Bucket game

November 20, 2015  

The U.S. Navy will display a 16-foot model of a new USS Indiana, a submarine now under construction, before the Old Oaken Bucket football game Nov. 28 between Purdue and Indiana.

The model will be available at the Boilermaker Crossing family fun event, which will take place from 9 to 11:30 a.m. at Weist Plaza between Mackey Arena and the Intercollegiate Athletic Facility. Game time is noon.

The ship, a nuclear submarine of the Virginia class, will be the first ship named "Indiana" in more than 70 years. A World War II battleship (BB 58) was commissioned in 1942 as the USS Indiana.

For the new USS Indiana (SSN 789), being built at Newport News, Virginia, the christening is a bit more than a year away at that location. The commissioning is planned for the summer of 2017 at location to be determined.

Members of the ship's Commissioning Committee are taking the model around Indiana at times and places where many people can see it. Many parts being used in the ship's construction are made in Indiana, including some in Lafayette.  

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