Great News! USS NORTH DAKOTA (SSN-784) is heading for the sea. Commander Doug Gordon, NORTH DAKOTA’s Commanding Officer sent this photo of our boat being moved from the hangar to the dock where she will be in the water by this Sunday.
More very exciting news is that NORTH DAKOTA’s commissioning date has been set by the Navy for Saturday, May 31, 2014, in Groton CT, so now we can make definite plans and raise the money we need to properly send out boat out into the fleet to begin its 33 years of service in the United States Navy!
But the next event for us is NORTH DAKOTA’s christening which will take place in Groton CT on Saturday, November 2, 2013.
NORTH DAKOTA is the next and the 11th VIRGINIA Class submarine to be joining the fleet. The 10th VIRGINIA Class boat , USS MINNESOTA (SSN-783) joined the fleet on Saturday, September 7th in a commissioning ceremony held at the U.S. Naval Base in Norfolk VA. Three members of our USS North Dakota Committee attended MINNESOTA’s commissioning to help us prepare for the commissioning of our boat next May 31st, Kelvin Hulett – Treasurer, Dot Frank – secretary, and Darrell Williams – public affairs officer. Here is a link to MINNESOTA’s commissioning ceremony:
Here is a link to the commissioning article in the Star Tribune:
Start getting real excited because NORTH DAKOTA’s commissioning will be here before you know it!