Saunders honors USS Indiana and USS Indianapolis at the Statehouse

Saunders honors USS Indiana and USS Indianapolis at the Statehouse

Posted by: Lydia Kirschner  | Wednesday, January 16, 2019 1:47 pm

STATEHOUSE (Jan. 16, 2019) — State Rep. Tom Saunders (R-Lewisville) recognized members of the USS Indiana and future members of the USS Indianapolis Tuesday with a resolution in the House Chamber.

 The USS Indiana (SSN 789), a nuclear powered U.S. navy Virginia class attack submarine, was commissioned on Sept. 29, 2018, in Cape Canaveral, Florida. Nearly 6,000 people were in attendance, including Saunders. Now the USS Indianapolis (LCS 17), a Freedom class littoral combat ship, is being constructed and designed for fast and agile near-shore operation with open ocean capabilities, and is scheduled to be commissioned in fall 2019.

“Thank you to each of the officers and crew members of these two ships,” Saunders said. “Having both our state and state capital’s namesakes serving at the same time is something you only see once in a lifetime. I was fortunate enough to attend the commissioning of the USS Indiana this past fall, and I look forward to seeing the USS Indianapolis when it is complete this year.”

 Saunders said Indiana’s state and capital city namesakes have not been in use as United States Navy submarines at the same time since World War II.

 For more information on House Concurrent Resolution 5, visit


State Rep. Tom Saunders (R-Lewisville) represents House District 54,

which includes Henry County and portions of Rush and Wayne counties.

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PHOTO CAPTION: State Rep. Tom Saunders (R-Lewisville) honors members of the USS Indiana and the USS Indianapolis with a resolution on Tuesday, Jan. 15, 2019, at the Statehouse. (Left to right) USS Indianapolis Chief David Simmons, USS Indiana Petty Officer Steven Adolf, USS Indianapolis Commanding Officer Colin Kane, USS Indiana Commanding Officer David Grogan and Commissioning Committee Chairman of the USS Indiana and USS Indianapolis Ray Shearer joined Saunders in the House Chamber to receive the resolution.