Navy's attack submarine will be named for New Jersey, officials announce

Navy's attack submarine will be named for New Jersey, officials announce


By:  Matthew Speiser
The Jersey Journal


The state of New Jersey will be represented in the United States Navy once more.

U.S. Navy Secretary Ray Mabus joined New Jersey Senator Robert Menendez, U.S. Rep. Rodney Frelinghuysen, and New Jersey Brigadier General Michael Cunniff at Liberty State Park this morning to announce that a new Virginia Class attack submarine will be commissioned as the USS New Jersey.

"New Jersey has a long history in the creation of the modern day submarine," Menendez said to a crowd of Navy sailors, referencing John Philip Holland, the Irish engineer who designed and built the first submarines in Elizabeth, New Jersey. "I felt that as we are creating a new class of submarines it was time New Jersey got recognition."

Menendez, a Democrat, and Frelinghuysen, a Republican, advocated to Mabus to have the newest addition to the Navy's submarine fleet named after the Garden State.

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