BOISE, Idaho (KTVB) -- An exciting day for the Gem State as a new Navy ship was given the name USS Idaho. The big announcement took place at the Western Idaho Fair Saturday morning.

The USS Idaho will be a Virginia Class attack submarine, weighing 7,800 tons. Lieutenant Governor Brad Little joined the U.S. Secretary of the Navy, Ray Maybus, who decided on the name. Maybus said, "One of the reasons I chose Idaho is because you have such a strong connection to the navy and marine corps even though you're a long way from the ocean.

Second, you have so many veterans here and people who have been patriotic. And third, you haven't had a USS Idaho since 1919, and it was time to put that great name back in the fleet." Lt. Governor Little says it's an honor to have the vessel named after our great state.