The next VIRGINIA-class submarine will be named after the state of North Dakota.
The delegation and the governor met with Navy Secretary Donald Winter in June. Pomeroy said the meeting was well-timed because the new submarines had not yet been named.
Pomeroy said the group conveyed that the state would be a “supportive community” to the sailors on the ship.
“We’re not looking at this as just a name on the hull,” he said.
The new ship is expected to be commissioned in 2014 and is currently under construction in Groton, Conn., the delegation and Hoeven said. A Naval spokesman would not confirm the naming Monday.
There has only been one USS North Dakota, a vessel that was commissioned as a battleship in 1910 and was a gunnery and engineering training ship during World War I. It was decommissioned in 1923 and sold for scrap in 1931.
I wonder if their underway ballcaps will say “USS SOUTH CANADA”??
update: NORTH DAKOTA will be SSN 784, SSN 783 will be the USS MINNESOTA.