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.

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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.

USS North Dakota low res VIR_BowMod_C_07-338_RGBr R


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.

PEO Letter to 784 Commissioning Committee


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.

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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:
Admiral Forum

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:



(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:

Admiral BisTrib

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.


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