Navy names new nuclear sub USS Arizona

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The United States Navy has named one of its two newest nuclear submarines after the battleship USS Arizona, which was destroyed in the Pearl Harbor attack. 

“The commissioning of a new warship named Arizona honors our past—including those who have given their lives in service to our country—and our future and recognizes Arizona’s important contributions to our nation and its defense,” Gov. Doug Ducey said on Twitter about the submarine. 

Another submarine will be named after the USS Oklahoma which was also destroyed during the Pearl Harbor attack. Acting Secretary of the Navy Thomas B. Moldy made the announcement about the naming of the two submarines Monday. 

“Truly, there is no greater honor I can think of for the Navy, the Marine Corps, and the nation than to build and commission into active service two state-of-the-art American warships carrying the spirit of those heroes of the Greatest Generation, as well as that of their families and the Grand Canyon and Sooner states as they sail through a new American maritime century,” Modly said.  

The Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor on Dec. 7, 1941 killed about 1,177 servicemen who were aboard the USS Arizona. The ship’s wreckage remains in the harbor as a memorial to those lost in the attack. 

The two submarines are part of a record breaking $22 billion deal for nine new nuclear submarines with the capacity to launch up to 40 cruise missiles. The submarines, including the Arizona and Oklahoma, are slated to join the U.S. fleet by the mid to late 2020s. 

The Navy currently has 70 submarines in operation, and more countries are currently looking to add nuclear submarines to their ranks

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