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






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