Navy to Commission Submarine North Dakota
Navy to Commission
Submarine North Dakota
Groton, Connecticut – (NNS)
October 24, 2014 – The Navy will commission its newest attack submarine North
Dakota, during a ceremony Saturday, Oct. 25, 2014, at Submarine Base New London
in Groton, Connecticut.
The PCU North Dakota (SSN 784)
during bravo sea trials
North Dakota, designated SSN 784, honors the state's citizens
and veterans and their strong military support and heritage from the Frontier
Wars through the Cold War and currently the Global War on Terrorism. Seventeen
North Dakotans have received the Medal of Honor for actions in combat.
Chief of Naval Operations Adm. Jonathan Greenert, will
deliver the ceremony's principal address. Katie Fowler, wife of retired Vice Adm.
Jeff Fowler, is serving as the ship's sponsor. In a time-honored Navy tradition,
she will give the order to "man our ship and bring her to life!"
"USS North Dakota and her crew represent the finest we have
to offer in our Navy's undersea force," Greenert said. "They will continue a
legacy of heroism and rich tradition since the earliest days of our submarine
program. This fine crew will benefit from the steadfast dedication and
commitment of its sponsor, Katie Fowler; she has devoted herself to the service
life of this fine ship and whose spirit and presence will serve as a guide for
both ship and crew."
North Dakota is the second ship named in honor of North
Dakota, and will be the 11th Virginia-class submarine.
Next-generation attack submarines provide the Navy with the
capabilities required to maintain the nation's 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 crew performed exceptionally well on
both alpha and bravo sea trials
North Dakota has 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.
Virginia-class submarines are 7,800 tons and 377 feet in
length, have a beam of 34 feet, and can operate at more than 25 knots submerged.
They are built with a reactor plant that will not require refueling during the
planned life of the ship reducing lifecycle costs while increasing underway