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USS Indiana crew to attend Notre Dame game

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The U.S. Navy is celebrating its historic relationship with the state of Indiana, ahead of this weekend's game against the Fighting Irish.

Crew members from the new USS Indiana are touring the area talking to Navy ROTC members at Notre Dame and Purdue.

They're also meeting with the public to share information about the Navy's newest nuclear submarine.

The USS Indiana is currently under construction in Newport News, Virginia.

It's the fourth naval vessel named for the state.

Once it's commissioned it'll be the third to go to sea.

"I find ourselves very blessed that we're named after a state that right outta the heartland. Because they get it, they know how to support the military. So, it's fantastic. I think people are pretty excited about having a capital ship named after the great state. It'll be around for 32 years too, so hopefully we can serve Indiana proudly," said Commander Jesse Zimbauer, of the USS Indiana.

The crew is visiting Purdue Friday. They'll also attend the Notre Dame Navy game Saturday.

The USS Indiana is scheduled to be finished in 2017.

We have more information on the submarine HERE.

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