Press Release            Event Date: Monday, March 11, 2019

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USS Indiana SSN-789: its Christening and Commissioning

On Monday, March 11, the NM Historical Society will welcome Doug Lehman who will present a program about the newly commissioned USS Indiana SSN-789.  The program will be held in the Assembly Room at Timbercrest Retirement Center, 2201 East Street, at 6:30 p.m.  It is open to the public at no cost and will be enjoyable for audiences of all ages. 

Doug Lehman is a Wabash local, graduating from WHS in 1968. He attended Wabash College and graduated in 1972, he furthered his schooling at Indiana University School of Law. Lehman has been practicing as a lawyer in Wabash since 1979; his focus is Estate Planning, Elder Law, and Local Government Law. In 2002, Lehman retired from the United States Navy as a Captain after 30 years of service in the Judge Advocate General’s Corps (JAGC). From 1975-79, he completed his active duty at the San Francisco Navy Legal Service Office as a Prosecutor, Defense Lawyer, and Claims Attorney. Lehman is one of the members on the board of directors for the USS Indiana Commissioning Committee. During the program, he will be speaking on the history, background, and christening of the USS Indiana (SSN 789): a new destroyer type.

The USS Indiana (SSN 789) is one of the newest Virginia-class attack submarines. It was commissioned in Florida, September 29, 2018. It has some of the most modern technology and can operated in both littoral and deep ocean environments, providing a broad range of operational abilities. Indiana’s unique design and special features will benefit Special Forces. The Indiana submarine is the third US Navy vessel to hold the Indiana name. Come to the program to learn about this new type of fighter submarine, and why Hoosiers should be proud it bears their Indiana name.

 All are welcome to attend this program and learn about this new technology of US naval submarines.













Captain Doug Lehman

WASHINGTON (June 21, 2012) An artist rendering of the Virginia-class submarine USS Indiana (SSN 789). (U.S. Navy photo illustration by Stan Bailey/Released)








USS Indiana (SSN-789), Navy Live photo


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USS Indiana’s Crest, Navy Live photo