PHOTO RELEASE -- Submarine John Warner (SSN 785) Coming to Life at Newport News Shipbuilding

NEWPORT NEWS, Va., Feb 03, 2015 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE via COMTEX) --

Huntington Ingalls Industries HII, +2.68% reached another milestone in the life of the company's newest Virginia-class submarine, John Warner (SSN 785), on Monday as the crew began moving aboard and ate its first meal prepared in the ship's galley. The submarine, named after former Senator John Warner, is in the final stages of construction and testing at HII's Newport News Shipbuilding division.

"The in-service milestone is an important event in the life of the submarine John Warner," said Cmdr. Dan Caldwell, the submarine's prospective commanding officer. "The ability to work and live aboard the ship will give the crew the opportunity to become more familiar with the equipment they will operate and places us one step closer to our ultimate goal of taking this submarine to sea."

Sailors prepared surf and turf for the 146-member crew that will serve aboard John Warner. They also received a congratulatory note from the ship's namesake and her sponsor, Jeanne Warner, that read: "May today's inaugural luncheon set a precedent to be repeated once a year ....

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