Duluth-Native Proud to Serve on USS Minnesota Submarine

By KBJR News 1

September 5, 2013 Updated Sep 5, 2013 at 6:40 PM CDT

Norfolk, VA (NNCNOW.com) - Cruising the waters at speeds up to 25 knots, the country's newest war weapon is unlike anything you've seen before.

Helping run the sub from inside the engineering room you'll find Machinist's Mate Ted Collete.

"My division is in charge of running steam turbines, that generate the electricity a board also provide force to turn the shaft which pushes the submarine through the water," Collete told Kevin Jacobsen via Satellite.

Collete, a Duluth-native, has been in the Navy for 13 years. He says it takes some adjusting to working in a moving, underwater office.

"When we're under way, it's like being in a building. There are lights on all the time, except for where we sleep. There's just enough room for two people pass if they turn sideways," Collete said.

The 377 foot long Submarine took five years to build and was delivered 11 months ahead of schedule.

It's one of 30 subs to roll out as part of the Virginia Class line and carries a crew of about 135.

A number of Minnesota lawmakers will be on hand in Norfolk this weekend for a ceremony.

State Senator Roger Reinert from Duluth, who is also in the Navy, will be on hand for the event.

"It's a really special occasion for the state of Minnesota. It's only the third time in the Navy's history we've head a ship that bore the name Minnesota," said Sen. Reinert (DFL-Duluth).

The ship's emblem also has Minnesota written all over it.

A 17-year-old student created the work of art, carrying with it the spirit of the state, and for Collete his hometown.

"It's an honor to be from Minnesota, from Duluth, and being a part of bringing Minnesota together, bringing her to life," said Collete.

Prior to the Virginia-class, there was the Los Angeles-class submarine.

You may have seen it in the movie Hunt for Red October.

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