Electronics Technician master Chief Petty Officer Tim Preabt and his wife Linda completed a namesake state visit to Bismarck and Fargo, North Dakota.  On Monday, February 9th, Tim was given the honor of addressing both houses of the North Dakota Legislature.  he spoke first in the Senate and then in the House of Representatives being well received in both houses.  He thanked them for all the support they and the people of North Dakota have given USS NORTH DAKOTA, and he gave each house a plank owners plaque.

Here are links to several articles  in The Bismarck Tribune:

Also on that Monday Master Chief Preabt was interviewed on the PMS Show on KFYR 550 AM Radio at 8:40 a.m. that morning by host Phil Parker.  That evening Tim gave an excellent candid talk to the annual meeting of the North Dakota Council of the Navy League of the United States.

On Tuesday, February 10th, Master Chief Preabt spoke to more Navy League members at a luncheon in Fargo.  That afternoon he was interviewed on Main Street on Prairie Public Radio.  Here is a link to that interview:

After almost 3 1/2 years as the first crew member of USS NORTH DAKOTA, in which Master Chief as Chief of the Boat (COB) supervised the training of new crew members and worked closely with Commanding Officer Captain Douglas Gordon, Master Chief Preabt completed his relief during the week of February 2nd.  He has been relieved by Master Chief Machinist Mate Todd Estes.  When we get more information about the leadership changes on board our boat we will share them with you.

CONGRATULATIONS to Master Chief Tim Preabt and having done an OUTSTANDING job as the 1st Chief of the boat of USS NORTH DAKOTA.  Well Done, Tim!  We, your fellow North Dakotans, are very proud of you!!






For those who are interested a DVD of the entire commissioning ceremony is now available.  The entire ceremony was downloaded from the Defense Video & Imagery Distribution System at 1 GB and is available in a DVD for $12.99 from Feist Electronics, 225 West Broadway Avenue, Bismarck ND 58501.  The phone number is 701-258-0065.  The email address is:

The DVD has been formatted into chapters so if you want you can go to the part of the ceremony you want to watch.

You can access the video of the ceremony yourself


To assist in the preparation for the commissioning of USS NORTH DAKOTA (SSN-784) your USS North Dakota Committee commissioned four sets of coins celebrating highlights on NORTH DAKOTA’s journey toward commissioning.  A limited number of sterling silver coins were minted of each of the four coins and quite a few bronze coins were also minted.

AAA All four silver coins

All four coins on the reverse side have the same image of our boat against the background of the flag of the state of North Dakota as shown above.  The coins going left to right above have (1) the crest of the 1st USS NORTH DAKOTA (BB-29), (2) the crest of the 2nd USS NORTH DAKOTA (SSN-784), (3) the image of Katie Fowler, our Ship’s Sponsor, and (4) the boat’s commissioning pennant.

The silver coins are sold for $100 each.  We have none of the 1st coin left to sell.  If you do have the first coin and you want to collect the entire set we have only two of the second left to sell.  We have about 60 coins left to sell of the 3rd and 4th coins.  If you have the first two silver coins now would be a good time to collect the 3rd and 4th coins to have a full set.  You can write to: USS North Dakota Committee. PO Box 1675, Bismarck ND 58505-1675.

The bronze coins are $20 each so for $80 you can collect a full bronze set of coins.  Write to that same address.



Electronics Technician Master Chief Petty Officer Tim Preabt, the Chief of the Boat, USS NORTH DAKOTA (SSN-784) is coming home to North Dakota for a visit.  He has been granted the rare privilege of giving remarks to both the North Dakota Senate and the North Dakota House of Representatives on Monday afternoon, February 9th.  He will talk to the Senate at 1:15 p.m. followed by remarks to the House of Representatives.  His wife Linda is coming with him.  She is from Williston.  Tim was born in Minot and he went to school in Williston and Mandan graduating from Mandan High School in 1989, after which he enlisted in the Navy.

ETMC Tim Preabt

Master Chief Preabt is the senior enlisted man on the boat and the only North Dakotan.  He was the first enlisted man assigned to the crew, and he has done a great job keeping the crew focused throughout the construction of the boat and during the sea trials to get ready to be brought into the active Navy.

Tim is going through the process of being relieved by Master Machinist Mate Chief Petty Officer Todd L. Estes.  Tim should be relieved on Thursday, February 5th, completing a very successful tour as NORTH DAKOTA’s COB.

On Monday morning, February 9th, Tim will be a guest at 8:40 a.m. on the PMS Show on KFYR 550 AM radio.  That Monday evening he will speak to the North Dakota Council of the Navy League of the United States at the Kelly Inn in Bismarck.  At 11:30 a.m. on Tuesday, February 10th Tim and Linda will be at the Fyr’n Pan Restaurant in Fargo, after which he will be interviewed on Main Street on Prairie Public Radio.  If you would like to attend either one or both of these events call please call Bob Wefald at 701-223-8975.




Scheels in Kirkwood Mall in Bismarck has generously agreed to sell all of our remaining USS North Dakota Committee merchandise at clearance prices.  This includes T-shirts, ship’s crest patches, and crest shaped coins with the boat’s crest on the front and a North Dakota image on the reverse.  These items will make great Christmas gifts and stocking stuffers.  The display of this close out merchandise is just south of the registers on the entrance to Scheels inside Kirkwood Mall.

Edited DVDs of three events sponsored by our USS North Dakota Committee are available at Feist Electronics, 225 West Broadway Avenue, Bismarck ND 58501.  Each set of DVDs costs $19.99.  The first DVD is of the Chairman’s Dinner on Saturday, October 24, 2014, and includes the remarks of President Teddy Roosevelt as portrayed by Joe Wiegand who entertains in Medora during the summer as well as songs by the Elks Chorus and all of the various presentations.  The second DVD is of the very short program for the North Dakota Contingent Party on Saturday afternoon, October 25, 2014, and the Ship’s Party program on the evening of Saturday, October 25, 2014.  Also on this DVD is a program of pre-commissioning photos.  You can call Feist Electronics at 701-258-0065 or send an email to


These photos were taken by Chief Petty Officer Sabrina Parker of Vice Admiral Connor’s staff.  They are used by permission of the US Navy.

The Navy band played before the ceremony.

2894 Band

Part of the crowd of more than 2,000 on the pier.

3070 Crowd on the pier

More of the crowd on this great fall day.

3024 Pier south

Admiral Greenert, the Chief of Naval Operations, was the main speaker.

3010 Greenert

Captain Doug Gordon takes command of his boat!

3023 Doug in command

At the command of Katie Fowler to “Man our ship!” the crew ran on board.

3035 Manning the boat

The boat is manned!

3051 Boat manned

Officers salute on the gangway.

3047 Sailors salute

The commissioning pennant was unfurled.

3016 Pennant

Paul Stanton of the Commissioning Support Team coordinated the entire ceremony.

3080 Paul Stanton



Our USS North Dakota Committee was pleased to host a party for the crew and their families and friends on Saturday evening at the Foxwood Hotel and Casino.  The Fargo VFW Post No. 762 Color Guard started the evening off with the presentation of colors.


The Bismarck Mandan Elks Chorus sang the Star Spangled Banner as the USSND Chairman looked on.


The boat’s Chief Engineer Lieutenant Commander Mike Siedsma re-enlisted two members of the crew.


Rear Admiral Stuart Munsch of Oakes, North Dakota, and Commander of the boats deployed to the Western Pacific and the Indian Ocean, gave remarks for the crew and their families.


Representatives of American Legion Post No. 290 of New Town, North Dakota, presented the boat with crossed six shooters.


The crew posed for a group photos with the New Town Legionnaires.


Christine Gordon enjoys a moment with her husband Captain Doug Gordon.



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