Wabash attorney participates in USS Indiana commissioning

The crew of the USS Indiana salute the crowd at the commissioning ceremony on Sept. 29. Photo courtesy of the U.S. Navy. 

By Joseph Slacian

A local attorney was on hand in late September when the USS Indiana, the U.S. Navy’s latest Virginia-class submarine, was commissioned in Port Canaveral, Fla.

U.S. Navy Capt. Doug Lehman (Ret.) was a member of the submarine’s commissioning committee, a group in charge of arranging a variety of celebrations before and after the Sept. 29 commissioning ceremony.

The ship was christened in April 2017 in Norfolk, Va., and, at the request of the committee, was commissioned in Port Canaveral.

“One of the reasons we wanted it at Port Canaveral was because originally the commissioning was scheduled for this past winter,” Lehman told The Paper of Wabash County during an interview at his law office on Canal Street in downtown Wabash. “We felt it would be better where it would be warm. The other reason we wanted to do it there was because there are a lot of Hoosiers who live and/or winter in Florida.

“That’s a retirement locale. Virginia is not a retirement locale for people from Indiana. We felt there would be a bigger, better turnout if the commissioning was in Port Canaveral.”

Posted on 2018 Oct 23