Captain Doug Gordon, the Commanding Officer of PCU/USS NORTH DAKOTA (SSN-784), reported on Tuesday, July 1st, that the Secretary of the Navy has officially approved Saturday, October 25, 2014, as the new commissioning date. With this good news we can now start making final plans for great events to celebrate the commissioning of the second ship named for our great State of North Dakota. The commissioning will be held at the US Naval Submarine Base in Groton CT.
On October 25th our boat’s status will change from PCU to USS (Pre Commissioning Unit to United States Ship). As part of the final planning process our travel vendor Satrom Travel & Tour (1-800-833-8787) is working on travel arrangements for the new date. We will post official tour and hotel information on this website as it becomes available soon. Taking advantage of these hotel, air and tour travel arrangements should help mitigate cost for those who plan to attend the commissioning.
As a bonus addition to this post please see this youtube link on U.S. Navy firepower in celebration of the 4th of July.