NEWPORT NEWS, Va. (WAVY) — Workers at Newport News Shipbuilding have reached “pressure hull complete” in the construction of the submarine Indiana.
The milestone means that the hull sections are now a single, watertight unit.
Huntington Ingalls Industries says the 16th Virginia-class submarine is about 82 percent complete.
The Indiana is scheduled to join the Navy in the third quarter of 2017.
Jim Hughes, Newport News’ vice president, submarines and fleet support, said, “Our progress demonstrates the efficiency of the Navy’s two-per-year build plan, which helps ensure America’s undersea superiority.”