USS John Warner delivered to Navy ahead of schedule

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NEWPORT NEWS, Va. (AP) — A Virginia-class attack submarine named after former U.S. Sen. John Warner has been delivered to the Navy more than two months ahead of schedule.

Huntington Ingalls Industries says the USS John Warner was delivered to the Navy on Thursday. Construction on the submarine began in 2010. The submarine completed its initial sea trials, which test the submarine’s systems, components and compartments, in May.

A commissioning ceremony for the submarine is scheduled for August 1.

The submarine honors Warner’s years of service in the Navy and Marine Corps. Warner served as secretary of the Navy before entering politics in 1978. He retired in 2009 after serving 30 years in the U.S. Senate.

The submarine has enhanced stealth, sophisticated surveillance capabilities and special warfare enhancements.

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