Patrolling the seas with silence and stealth, the 17th Virginia Class nuclear submarine, The USS SOUTH DAKOTA (SSN 790), will be one of the newest, most innovative fast-attack submarines in the United States Navy’s fleet.

Currently under construction in Groton, CT, (the “submarine capital of the world”) the boat’s keel was laid in place in April 2016. The boat is expected to be christened in the Summer/Fall of 2017 and is expected to join the fleet in Summer/Fall of 2018. Last year, hundreds of South Dakotans got the chance to submit their designs for the boat’s crest — see which one it’ll bear when it takes to the open seas. 

The SSN 790 will be the third boat commissioned with the name “USS SOUTH DAKOTA.” The first was the Armored Cruiser USS SOUTH DAKOTA (ACR-9) which eventually was renamed the USS HURON. This made way for its big brother the historic battleship BB-57. The Battleship SOUTH DAKOTA was one of the most decorated battleships in WWII. While the SSN 790’s predecessor roared through the seas with her 16-inch guns, the new USS SOUTH DAKOTA will be a silent protector, continuing the tradition of being ever ready to defend the safety and security of the United States of America.

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The Virginia-class submarine, USS SOUTH DAKOTA (SSN 790), is built to dominate the world’s coastal and deep waters while conducting anti-submarine warfare; anti-surface ship warfare; strike warfare; special operation forces support; intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance; irregular warfare; and mine warfare missions. Stealth and speed are standard in submarines, but this next generation of fast-attack submarines offers an improved level of capabilities to maintain the nation’s undersea supremacy well into the 21st century.

The USS SOUTH DAKOTA’S Commanding Officer, Executive Officer, Chief of the Boat and the Commissioning Committee, would like to extend their heartfelt thanks to these sponsors.