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Monday, August 24, 2015

U.S. Navy Names Submarine Idaho

USS Idaho (SSN 799) posterThe U.S. Secretary of the Navy, Ray Mabus, hosted a ship-naming ceremony on Saturday to announce that SSN 799, a Virginia-class attack submarine, will bear the name USS Idaho.

The submarine will be named to honor the history its namesake state has with the Navy. Idaho is home to the former Farragut Naval Training Station, which was the second largest training facility in the world during World War II.

From the early 1950s to the mid-1990s, the Naval Reactors Facility (NRF) located within the Idaho National Laboratory, trained nearly 40,000 Navy personnel in surface and submarine nuclear power plant operations with three nuclear propulsion prototypes including the first nuclear-powered submarine prototype, S1W.

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