Created: 01/10/2014 7:35 PM KSTP.com
By: Cassie Hart
USS Minnesota has completed a two-day journey Friday from Norfolk, Va., to its new permanent homeport at Naval Submarine Base New London in Groton, Conn.
Minnesota was built in Virginia under a teaming arrangement between General Dynamics Electric Boat and Newport News Shipbuilding, a division of Huntington Ingalls Industries. Construction began in February 2008, and the building team delivered the submarine in just over five years last June, 11 months ahead of schedule.
The Navy commissioned the 10th Virginia-class attack submarine at Naval Station Norfolk in September.
In October, Navy Secretary Ray Mabus announced that female officers will report to Minnesota by early 2015 as part of the fleet's first effort to integrate women on attack submarines.
More than 130 Sailors operate the 377-foot-long vessel, which is capable of diving to depths greater than 800 feet and operating at speeds in excess of 25 knots when submerged.
The submarine will soon begin a post-shakedown availability at Electric Boat for scheduled maintenance, repairs, alterations and testing.
5 EYEWITNESS NEWS was only Minnesota media allowed aboard the submarine as it headed out to sea for training.
See our previous coverage here.