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Duluth native proud to serve on new USS Minnesota

USS Minnesota
USS Minnesota

DULUTH, Minn. (AP) -- The U.S. Navy hasn't had a ship named Minnesota for 92 years, and a Duluth native is proud he'll be aboard when the Navy sets things straight.

Machinists Mate 1st Class Ted Collette is one of 134 crew members of the nuclear-powered submarine USS Minnesota, which will be commissioned Saturday in Norfolk, Va.

The 31-year-old works as the leading petty officer among 13 sailors responsible for operating and maintaining the steam engines that propel the sub and provide the electricity that runs everything on board.

Collette says he joined the Navy 10 days after graduation from Duluth East High School in 2000.

He says the USS Minnesota will continue its sea trials after the commissioning ceremony, but is battle ready if called upon.

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