BY BOB HOLT
USS New Jersey is a familiar name to those familiar with our state’s naval history.
We learned this weekend that New Jersey is once again going to become a part of the U.S. Navy. In five years.
According to an Associated Press report in Military Times, Secretary of the Navy Ray Mabus has announced that a new submarine now being built will be named the USS New Jersey after it is completed in about five years. Sen. Robert Menendez noted that the first modern submarine, the Holland VI, was built in Elizabeth and put into operation in 1897.
"New Jersey has a long history in the creation of the modern day submarine," Menendez said, according to NJ.com. "I felt that as we are creating a new class of submarines it was time New Jersey got recognition."