Just wanted to report that the ship successfully completed both Alpha and Bravo Sea Trials. We pulled in to the Shipyard around noon today [Wednesday, August 13th] from Bravo trials. The crew performed very well during the underways.
We completed a very complex test agenda, stressing the ship to near its limits to ensure our systems operated as designed. The material condition of the ship was great. The crew was ecstatic to get underway for the first (and second) time. It was great to see the crew excited about being underway and doing the things that they have trained so hard for over the last couple of years. We still have a lot of work to do before the ship is delivered to the Navy around the end of the month. I am very proud to be their Captain and can’t wait to go to sea again with my crew.
HOOYAH NORTH DAKOTA!!!!