Watch: USS Washington commissioning at Naval Station Norfolk

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NORFOLK, Va. –  The USS Washington was officially commissioned into the fleet on Saturday, October 7, becoming the 14th Virginia-class submarine to join the U.S. Navy.

SSN 787 is the third U.S. Navy ship, and the first submarine, to be commissioned with a name honoring the state of Washington.

Daughter of former Secretary of the navy Ray Mabus, Elisabeth Mabus, served as the ship’s sponsor.

The Washington is designed to operate in both coastal and deep-ocean environments and is capable of projection of power ashore with Tomahawk cruise missiles.