Updated: 01/15/2013 7:31 AM KSTP.com By: Mark Albert
With a bottle of bubbly and cheers from the crowd, the US Navy christened its newest submarine in October 2012.
When it's commissioned in summer 2013, the sub will be known as the USS Minnesota.
Now, we can show you an exclusive look at the submarine as it's being finished, inside and out.
5 EYEWITNESS NEWS reporter Mark Albert and photojournalist Chad Nelson traveled recently to the shipyard in Newport News, Virginia, to introduce us to our home-state sailors on the Minnesota.
Watch our story above to meet the Minnesota natives on the crew.
Click here to watch an interview with 18 year-old Jakob Bartels, of Roseville, who beat 110 other high school students from 33 schools in designing the official logo of the USS Minnesota.
Click here to watch an interview with the president of the Twin Cities Council of the Navy League of the United States, an organization trying to raise money for commissioning gifts for the crew, the Chairman’s Reception, the collectible publication, and more.
Click here to learn more about the USS Minnesota.
Click here to learn more about US Navy attack submarines.