The USS North Dakota Committee is excited to announce that Friday, Dec. 11, 2013 is USS NORTH DAKOTA Day. Please join us in Memorial Hall at the State Capitol for a display of the submarine, merchandise and more. Commander Douglas Gordon, Commanding Officer of the USS NORTH DAKOTA will be speaking to the Senate at 12:30 p.m. and the House at 1 p.m. that day. Click here to read the Governor’s proclamation.
GOV. DALRYMPLE PROCLAIMS JAN. 11, 2013 USS NORTH DAKOTA DAY!
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USS NORTH DAKOTA proudly displays the ship’s motto, “Strength from the Soil, Reapers of the Deep.” “Strength from the soil” is taken from the State of North Dakota Coat of Arms and the Governor’s Flag representing the connection between the USS NORTH DAKOTA and the State of North Dakota. “Reapers of the Deep” has a double meaning. It represents both the fighting spirit of the submarine warrior and the ties to the state’s farm heritage of reapers, which cut grain in the fields.
The green ribbon on which the motto resides represents the agricultural community as well as the colors of the University of North Dakota and North Dakota State University.
The overall shape of the crest is that of an Indian arrowhead, similar to that used on the North Dakota Coat of Arms. This represents the American Indian heritage of North Dakota.
Flanking the Indian arrowhead shape and acting as its serrated cutting edge is wheat. This represents the North Dakota farming community.
Prominently displayed on the crest are gold and silver six shooter revolvers. The front sights of the revolvers are formed by the gold and silver dolphins, representing the officer and enlisted submarine warfare community. Additionally, the revolvers represent the two tomahawk payload tubes the ship carries in arsenal. NORTH DAKOTA is the first submarine to carry these payload tubes, each capable of carrying six Tomahawk Cruise Missiles.
The red and green eyes of the submarine dolphins mounted on the six shooter revolvers pays tribute to the port and starboard running lights of the professional mariner.
Across the revolver hand grips are the words “Rough Riders.” This is a salute to the state’s connection to President Roosevelt. The “Rough Riders" were volunteers from the plains during the Spanish American War. Members of the North Dakota National Guard as well as President Roosevelt’s Rough Riders served in combat for one year in the Philippines, supporting its occupation following the Spanish American War.
Across the skyline is the silhouette of the first USS NORTH DAKOTA (BB-29). BB-29 is additionally represented as on of the two gold stars flanking the words, “USS NORTH DAKOTA.” SSN-784, the second warship to proudly bear the name, represents the second gold star in this banner.
At the base of the arrowhead outline are two horse heads, representing the Nakota horses that roamed the prairies of North Dakota.
In the night sky is the Constellation Orion. Orion, the hunter, signifies the warrior heart of the people of North Dakota and the war fighting crew of USS NORTH DAKOTA.
Wrapping across the crest is a banner with two Native American tomahawks, representing the state’s Native American Indian heritage and Tomahawk Cruise Missiles, one of the weapons capabilities the USS NORTH DAKOTA can employ.
Finally, prominently pushing through the ship’s crest is a Virginia Class Submarine representing the sailors who man this great warship.
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