Navy to Christen Submarine North Dakota
Navy to Christen Submarine
Washington D.C. – (NNS) – October 31, 2013 –
The Navy will christen its newest attack submarine North Dakota, Nov. 2, during
an 11 a.m. EDT ceremony at a General Dynamics Electric Boat shipyard in Groton,
The Navy’s 11th Virginia-class attack
submarine Pre-Commissioning Unit North Dakota (SSN 784) is rolled out of an
indoor shipyard facility at the General Dynamics Electric Boat (GDEB) Groton,
Connecticut, September 11.
Vice Adm. Michael Connor, commander, Submarine Forces, will
deliver the ceremony's principal address. Katie Fowler, wife of retired Vice Adm.
Jeff Fowler, will serve as the ship's sponsor, break a champagne bottle against
a plate welded to the hull, and officially christen the ship North Dakota.
The North Dakota, designated SSN 784, honors the state's
citizens and veterans as well as their military support from the Frontier Wars
through the Cold War and the Global War on Terrorism. Seventeen North Dakotans
have been awarded the Medal of Honor for actions in combat.
Pre-Commissioning Unit North Dakota
(SSN 784) sits moored at the graving dock of General Dynamics Electric Boat
prior to its christening ceremony in Groton, Conn., Nov. 2. North Dakota is the
11th Virginia-class attack submarine and is scheduled to be commissioned in
U.S. Navy Photo by Lt. j.g. Phillip
"The work of the more than a thousand shipyard craftsmen and
engineers who built this boat has helped make the fleet stronger and our nation
safer," said Secretary of the Navy Ray Mabus. "Their dedication and expertise
has the world's most advanced submarine on track to deliver in early 2014,
giving the North Dakota the shortest construction span of any Virginia-class
submarine to date."
The North Dakota is the second ship named in honor of North
Dakota, and will be the 11th Virginia-class submarine when it is commissioned in
Next-generation attack submarines allow the Navy to maintain
undersea supremacy well into the 21st century. They have improved stealth,
sophisticated surveillance capabilities and special warfare enhancements that
will enable them to meet the Navy's multi-mission requirements.
The North Dakota will have the capability to attack targets
ashore with highly accurate Tomahawk cruise missiles and conduct covert
long-term surveillance of land areas, littoral waters or other sea-based forces.
Other missions include anti-submarine and anti-ship warfare; special forces
delivery and support; and mine delivery and minefield mapping.
USS North Dakota (SSN 784) official crest --
U.S. Navy photo illustration by Jim Sikora
The Virginia-class is 7,800-tons, 377 feet in length, has a
beam of 34 feet, and can operate at more than 25 knots submerged. It is designed
with a reactor plant that will not require refueling during the planned life of
the ship - reducing lifecycle costs while increasing underway time. To view the
ceremony via live webcast, please go to: www.navy.mil
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