I’ve been taking of other things for the past month and more so I am just getting back to our blog. Ship’s Sponsor Katie Fowler gave you a great report on NORTH DAKOTA’s “Float Off” early on Sunday morning, September 15th. I’ve finally gotten around to opening three photos of the “Float Off” I want to share with you.  These three photos are the copyrighted property of General Dynamics Electric Boat and are used by permission.

NORTH DAKOTA being moved from the hangar to the dry dock.  Very Impressive!!

Float off 784 Roll out September 2013R
NORTH DAKOTA in the dry dock as it is being flooded.  She floated off the blocks at 12:00 noon on Sunday, September 15th!

Float off flooding the drydockR

Ship’s Sponsor Katie Fowler with her husband Vice Admiral Jeff Fowler after she gave the command to “Open The Valves.”

Float off Katie & JeffR

Our boat’s christening is taking place on Saturday, November 2nd at the facilities of General Dynamics Electric Boat, her builder, in Groton CT.  Helping us celebrate this grand event is the North Dakota Council of the Navy League of the United States.  Navy League members will be handing out buttons to help celebrate NORTH DAKOTA’s christening.


As soon as the christening is completed our USS North Dakota Committee with swing into full-scale action to get us all ready for NORTH DAKOTA’s commissioning which has been set by the Secretary of the Navy for Saturday, May 31, 2014, in Groton CT.  We hope to have much of the necessary fund-raising completed by the end of the year.


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