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USS Vermont commissioning postponed

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MONTPELIER — The commissioning of the submarine USS Vermont, planned for April 18, has been postponed indefinitely because of the disruption of the COVID-19 virus to events worldwide, the ship's commissioning committee announced Monday.

The committee said that the ship, the Navy's newest Virginia-class fast attack submarine, completed its first open-sea trials on March 18. The trials included a range of submarine and propulsion-plant operations, submerging for the first time, high-speed runs on and below the surface to demonstrate that the ship's propulsion plant is ready.

"I want to share with you about how awesome Vermont and her sailors performed during Alpha Trials. It was awesome seeing every sailor standing their watch or carrying out their duties with great skill, pride, and professionalism," Capt. Henry Roenke told the commissioning committee. "The sailors showed great resiliency and endurance completing an exhausting test schedule. You can be very proud of your boat."

The submarine, SSN 792, is under construction at General Dynamics Electric Boat Division in Groton, Conn. It is the third Navy ship to bear the name of the Green Mountain State.

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