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Navy attack submarine named after former Virginia Sen. John Warner marks milestone at shipyard

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NEWPORT NEWS, Virginia — The Virginia-class attack submarine named after former U.S. Sen. John Warner is marking a milestone at a shipyard in Newport News.

Huntington Ingalls Industries says crew began moving aboard and ate its first meal prepared in the ship's galley this week.

The nation's largest military shipbuilder says the submarine is in final stages of construction and testing.

The USS John Warner honors his years of service in the Navy and Marine Corps. He served as Secretary of the Navy before entering politics in 1978.

Warner retired in 2009 after serving 30 years in the U.S. Senate. He served half of his Senate career as either the chair or ranking member of the Senate Armed Services Committee.

The submarine will have enhanced stealth, sophisticated surveillance capabilities and special warfare enhancements.

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