The Navy's newest fast-attack submarine was launched Saturday at the Electric Boat shipyard as peace activists demonstrated outside in what they called a rememberance of veterans.
About 45 people organized by the Coalition to Stop Trident joined in a rally outside the gates of the shipyard as the USS Miami was christened and sent into the Thames River blaring its horn.The demonstration - the latest in a decade of protests the group has staged at Electric Boat - was peaceful, and there were no arrests.
The Miami was the first submarine launched at Electric Boat since a 14-week strike last summer slowed work at the sprawling shipyard, a division of General Dynamics Corp.
The nuclear-powered Miami will be capable of carrying anti-submarine torpedos, Harpoon missiles and Tomahawk cruise missiles.
Electric Boat also builds the Navy's ballistic missile-firing Trident submarines, and the coalition planned to protest the commissioning Dec. 17 of the Trident submarine Tennessee in nearby New London.
The Miami is the first submarine and third U.S. naval ship to carry the name of the Florida city. The first Miami was a sidewheel wooden-hulled gunboat launched in 1861.