(S.D.) - Navy says new submarine named in honor of SD
PIERRE, S.D. (AP) - South Dakota's name is going on a new attack submarine.
The USS South Dakota will join other submarines named for Illinois, Washington, Colorado and Indiana. Workers started building the sub last year.
Navy Secretary Ray Mabus (MAY'-bus) says none of the five states has had a vessel named for it for almost 50 years.
The last Navy ship named for South Dakota was a World War II battleship.
Mabus says the new submarines will be able to launch cruise missiles, carry naval commandos and conduct surveillance operations.
The Navy is also building a sub that's named for North Dakota. It's scheduled to be commissioned in 2014.
The last North Dakota ship was a World War battleship that was sold for scrap in 1931.
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