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17th July 2017

Keel laying marks official construction of attack submarine

The keel of the nation’s 20th Virginia-class attack submarine named for Oregon was laid Saturday at the manufacturing plant for General Dynamics’ Electric Boat. The milestone marks the ceremonial beginning of a ship’s construction. Modern submarines do not have a traditional keel that runs the length of the ship because they are built in modules. Instead, at the event, the submarine’s sponsor wrote her initials in chalk on a metal plate for a welder to inscribe and to be mounted on the submarine.

The Washington Post

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