Since we are delayed for commissioning until a date unknown at this time we are opening the link for more people to sign up for an invitation to attend the commissioning, whenever it may be held. You do not have to commit to attend the commissioning at the unknown date, but you can receive an invitation when they are mailed after a new commissioning date is set. The invitations are normally mailed about six to eight weeks before the commissioning date so you will have time to decide. We expect any new commissioning date to be announced well in advance of the new date so you can have time to consider your plans. Also our USS North Dakota Committee needs to reset its plans. At the top right hand side of this blog click where it says Click Here and you will get to a page for your invitation information.
Of course, you can still contribute online also on the right hand side of this blog. Simply click on the DONATE button and contribute through your credit card.
Our boat USS NORTH DAKOTA (SSN-784) should be back in a dry dock right so it can be inspected and repaired.
The problem seems to be with the Vertical Payload Tubes in the redesigned bow that makes NORTH DAKOTA unique as the first of the Block III submarines. This slide highlights the difference from the first ten VIRGINIA Class submarines.
Here is a link to an article in The Navy Times:
Here is the news release our USS North Dakota Committee issued this afternoon:
USSND Committee news release 4.16.2014
Here is a letter our USS North Dakota Committee received this afternoon from Rear Admiral D.C. Johnson, the Program Executive Officer for Submarines. We appreciate the Navy reaching out to all of us who are interested in the commissioning of the second US Navy warship named for our great State of North Dakota.
The Navy announced this afternoon that the May 31st scheduled commissioning of USS NORTH DAKOTA (SSN-784) has been postponed. A new commissioning date has not yet been set. Until it is commissioned our boat is officially known as PCU - Pre Commissioning Unit - and it will not officially be known as USS – United State Ship – until it is commissioned. The Navy news release reads as follows:
WASHINGTON – The PCU North Dakota (SSN 784) commissioning will be postponed, the Navy announced, April 16.
This decision is based on the need for additional design and certification work required on the submarine’s redesigned bow and material issues with vendor-assembled and delivered components. As the Navy works with all vested parties to certify the quality and safety of the submarine and toward taking delivery of the boat, it will determine a new commissioning date. The Navy is committed to ensuring the safety of its crews and ships. High quality standards for submarine components are an important part of the overall effort to ensure safety.
The lessons learned from North Dakota are already being applied to all Block III submarines.
Team Submarine oversees the submarine force’s research, development, acquisition, maintenance and life cycle support.
For more information, contact:
Colleen E. O’Rourke
Naval Sea Systems Command
Office of Corporate Communications
Satrom Travel (701-258-5000), the company that has arranged several tours for the commissioning of USS NORTH DAKOTA on May 31st in Groton CT, has requested that we make you aware of these two options.
USS North Dakota Commissioning 2014_LAND ONLY
USS North Dakota Commissioning 2014_HOTEL ONLY
Hotel Rooms Available at the Foxwoods
- The USS North Dakota has a block of rooms available at the Foxwoods Resort Casino for those who wish to make their own hotel reservations. Call 1-800-369-9663 or visit www.foxwoods.com.
Rear Admiral Richard “Rick” Breckenridge did an outstanding job of promoting our USS NORTH DAKOTA as he explained her capabilities and how she will serve in the Navy’s submarine fleet. We kept him busy for three days. On Monday, March 17th, he was in Fargo speaking at a breakfast of veterans and Navy League members followed by a 9:00 a.m. interview on The Joel Heitkamp on KFGO 790 AM. After a meeting with the Forum Editorial Board he spoke at a luncheon at the Fargo Moorhead West Fargo Chamber of Commerce. A post lunch interview with WDAY TV was followed by a 20 minute live on air interview of Prairie Public Broadcasting’s state-wide broadcast of “Main Street.”
Here is an article in the Forum on Tuesday morning:
On Tuesday in Bismarck he attended the Governor’s Prayer Breakfast followed by a meeting with the Bismarck Tribune Editorial Board and on air interview with Scott Hennen on “What’s On Your Mind.” Before his noon speech at the Kiwanis Club he was interviewed by KXMB TV News and KFYR TV News. In the afternoon he spoke to the Bismarck Mandan Chamber’s Employer’s Roundtable. That evening he spoke to the Annual Meeting of the North Dakota Council of the Navy League of the United States. here are links to the TV interviews:
KXMB TV – http://www.kxnet.com/story/25010028/uss-nd-soon-will-join-navy-fleet
KFYR TV – http://www.kfyrtv.com/story/25008961/kiwanis-club-learns-warship-technologies
(KFYR TV has not yet posted its video)
Admiral Breckenridge speaking to the Kiwanis Club:
Admiral Breckenridge with Navy League members L to R Bob Martinson, Bob Koeller, Chuck Miska and Eugene O’Neil:
Here is an article in this Morning’s Bismarck Tribune:
Before Admiral Breckenridge left Bismarck to return to Washington DC he was interviewed by Phil Parker on PMS In The Morning on KFYR 550 AM Radio, a highlight of which is that we sang on air as a duet “Anchors Aweigh.” He toured the new addition to the State Historical Society Museum and met with Attorney General Wayne Stenehjem and Secretary of State Al Jaeger. His visit to North Dakota concluded with remarks to the Rotary Club.
I’ve gone over the names and contribution levels of our Contributors. I’ve caught most of my mistakes or failures to list our contributors, but I would like for you to check how I have your name listed and email me at firstname.lastname@example.org if you want something different. I will have to submit this list for printing fairly soon.
Please remember that making a contribution does NOT automatically put you on the list to receive an invitation. If you want an invitation and you have not signed up on the right hand side of this blog for an invitation, please do so NOW!
USS NORTH DAKOTA’s commissioning date of May 31st is swiftly approaching. Because we have a lot to do between now and then we have to set up an automatic cut off date after which no one can sign up for an invitation. That date is March 15th. It will be automatic so after March 15th it will be too late.
Tours from North Dakota to the May 31st commissioning of USS NORTH DAKOTA (SSN-784) have been set and are now available for booking through Satrom Travel – 800-833-8787 or 701-258-5000. There will be one tour in and out of Boston from May 29th through June 2nd. There will be a second tour in and out of New York City from May 28th through June 2nd. Here are photo images of the itinerary and registration form for each trip. The trip through New York City is for the Bismarck Mandan Elks Chorus, but it is open to the public.
Boston tour forms:
New York City tour forms:
The May 30th tour of USS NORTH DAKOTA depends on the needs of the Navy. Satrom Travel will be happy to mail or email you the forms for the tour you want if you cannot download and print the forms for the tour you would like.
For those of you who have signed up for invitations, the initial invitation will be mailed to you about six weeks ahead of the May 31st date. Those who respond will receive tickets to the commissioning and other events as applicable.