NORFOLK, Va — Senator Carrie Ruud, R-Breezy Point, recently attended the commissioning of the USS Minnesota in Norfolk, Va. Approximately 24 other state lawmakers joined Ruud at the ceremony.
“It was an honor to be a part of the commissioning ceremony for this impressive ship that will bear the name of our great state,” said Ruud. “I thoroughly enjoyed meeting the remarkably brave men and women who will operate this incredible vessel.”
The USS Minnesota is the Navy’s newest and most advanced Virginia-class submarine. Housing a crew of 132 and measuring 377 feet long and weighing 7,800 tons, the USS Minnesota can travel at more than 28 mph.
Virginia class submarines are designed to dominate the world’s littoral and deep waters while conducting anti-submarine warfare; anti-surface ship warfare; strike warfare; special operation forces support; intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance; irregular warfare; and mine warfare missions. Their inherent stealth, endurance, mobility, and firepower directly enable them to support five of the six maritime strategy core capabilities - sea control, power projection, forward presence, maritime security, and deterrence.