John Warner visits namesake submarine

John Warner visits Newport News Shipbuilding on April 3, 2014. (WAVY/Aaron Kurtz)

NEWPORT NEWS, Va. (WAVY) – Former U.S. Senator John Warner got a look at a submarine with his name on it Thursday.

Photos: Submarine John Warner milestone

Warner visited Newport News Shipbuilding to see the progress on the Virginia-class attack submarine bearing his name. John Warner (SSN 785) has reached the level where hull sections have been attached, which means its hull sections are joined to form a water-tight unit.

The submarine is the only Virginia-class sub to bear the name of a person, according to a news release from Huntington Ingalls Industries.

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