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USS South Dakota Will Be The 17th Virginia-class Submarine To Join Navy Fleet
USS South Dakota Will Be The 17th Virginia-class Submarine To Join Navy Fleet
SSN 790 Commissioning Committee
January 15, 2019

USS South Dakota Commissioning Set For February

The United States Navy’s newest fast-attack submarine, the USS South Dakota (SSN 790), will be commissioned at Naval Submarine Base New London in Groton, Connecticut on February 2nd. According to the Black Hills Pioneer, the submarine will be the 17th Virginia-class submarine to join the fleet.

Deanie Dempsey, wife of retired Army General Martin E. Dempsey, who served as the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, is the ship’s sponsor. This submarine will be the third U.S. Navy vessel to bear the name “USS South Dakota”. The first USS South Dakota was a Pennsylvania-class armored cruiser launched in 1904 and the second was a BB57 was commissioned in 1942 and earned 13 battle stars during World War II.

Designed to operate in both coastal and deep-ocean environments, the USS South Dakota has a wide range of capabilities, including anti-submarine warfare, anti- surface ship warfare, strike warfare, special operation forces support, intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance, irregular warfare, and mine warfare missions.

For more information on the USS South Dakota (SSN 790) or her Commissioning Ceremony, visit the Commissioning Committee’s website.

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