MINNEAPOLIS - Delivered to the United States Navy in June, the U.S.S. Minnesota is set to be commissioned and hit the depths of the oceans.
"She's going to look pretty for the ceremony," said Senior Chief Charles Hystad.
Hystad and First Class Tony Finley are from Minnesota and are two of the 134 crew members that will operate the U.S.S. Minnesota.
"It's actually fun to be on one that's actually named after your home state, so you can see your home state's name when you're coming to work," smiled Hystad.
"It's like coming home every time I come to work, seeing the name of the state, to me it kind of seems a little unreal that they finally named a sub after our state," said Finley.
The last naval ship named after Minnesota was de-commissioned back in 1921.
The state was represented by the U.S.S. Minneapolis-St. Paul submarine in the 1990s, but it's run ended in 2008.
The crest for the U.S.S. Minnesota also has a Minnesota connection.
Roseville's Jakob Bartels designed the logo for the ship.
It depicts an intimidating walleye, the colors maroon and gold for the U of M, and a Viking which is prominently displayed with the North Star.
"Us being submariners and warriors, we like the little angry viking that's on there, it's got a nice manly crest," said Hystad.
The $2 billion sub is 377 feet long and weighs 7800 tons.
It is scheduled to hit the seas September 7th, 2013.
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