I now have had a chance to go over lots of photos from the christening of USS NORTH DAKOTA (SSN-784) on Saturday, November 2nd. All of the photos are from General Dynamics Electric Boat (GDEB) and are used by permission. They are all copyrighted by GDEB. I do have an excellent high-speed slide show of NORTH DAKOTA’s “Float Off” on the weekend of September 13th, 14th and 15th. As soon as I can figure out how to post it I will do so as I know you will want to view it. O.K. here are some of the photos not in any rigid order.

Captain Gordon leads his crew on to their boat

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Ship’s Sponsor Katie Fowler and her daughters with Captain Gordon and his crew

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Captain Gordon and his officers

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The Chief Petty officers – the guys who really run the Navy!

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Captain Doug and Christine Gordon smiling proudly on this great day!

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Master Chief Petty Tim Preabt – the Chief of the Boat COB.  The only North Dakotan in the crew.

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Katie Fowler breaking the traditional bottle of champagne to christen SSN-784 as NORTH DAKOTA!

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General Dynamics Electric Boat President Kevin Poitras with Ship’s Sponsor Katie Fowler, on his last day on the job as he was retiring with NORTH DAKOTA as his last boat.


Speaker of the House Representative Bill Devlin and his wife Margie

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Senator Stan Lyson and Senator Bill Bowman

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Senator Tim Flakoll

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Mikey and Senator John Hoeven, First Lady Betsy and Governor Jack Dalrymple, Senator Heidi Heitkamp

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A small part of our North Dakota contingent.  L to R: Connie and Dave Sprynczynatyk, Bill Bowman, John and Mikey Hoeven, Betsy and Jack Dalrymple, Heidi Heitkamp, Stan Lyson, Susan Wefald, Tim Flakoll, Carol Kapsner, Margie Devlin, John Kapsner, Bill Devlin, Kathy and Al Jaeger

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Retired Vice Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Admiral Bill Owens (BHS 1959), and retired Captain Bob Wefald, Chairman of the USS North Dakota Committee.

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Clem and Arlys Fowler, retired Vice Admiral Jeff Fowler’s (BHS 1974) parents and Ship’s Sponsor Katie Fowler

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Mike Nowak, the Manager of the construction of USS NORTH DAKOTA.  He and his workers did a great job!

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Senator John Hoeven, Captain Doug Gordon, Governor Jack Dalrymple, Senator Heidi Heitkamp, Admiral Bill Owens

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Many of the members of the North Dakota contingent

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