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Navy to christen the USS Oregon, its newest attack submarine, this weekend

The Virginia-class attack submarine Pre-Commissioning Unit John Warner (SSN 785) conducts sea trials in the Atlantic Ocean on June 9, 2015. The Navy announced Wednesday, Oct. 2, 2019, that the Virginia-class attack submarine USS Oregon (SSN 793) will be christened on Saturday, Oct. 5, in Groton, Conn.

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By ASSOCIATED PRESS Published: October 2, 2019

GROTON, Conn. — When the USS Oregon, a Navy’s newest attack submarine, is christened this weekend, it will be splashed with liquids from Oregon.

The Pentagon says the submarine will be christened Saturday at General Dynamics Electric Boat in Groton, Connecticut.

Rep. Greg Walden, an Oregon Republican, said he will attend as keynote speaker.

He said the submarine will be christened with water from Crater Lake and wine from Oregon.

Oregon, a Virginia-class submarine, is the third U.S. Navy ship to honor the state.

Virginia-class submarines are built to conduct anti-submarine warfare; anti-surface ship warfare; strike warfare; special operation forces support; intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance; irregular warfare; and mine warfare missions. The Pentagon says they have stealth, endurance, mobility and firepower.

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