Hoeven and Delegation Visit USS North Dakota, Present Flag to Crew
Anchored Near Naval Academy to Show Midshipmen Virginia-Class, Fast Attack Submarine with Stellar Record of Operation
WASHINGTON – Senator John Hoeven, a member of the Senate Defense Appropriations Committee, along with the North Dakota congressional delegation and Governor Doug Burgum, this week visited the USS North Dakota and presented the crew with an American flag flown over the U.S. Capitol. The USS North Dakota is anchored near Annapolis for Naval Academy midshipmen to see firsthand a Virginia-class fast-attack submarine with a stellar record of operation.
“The USS North Dakota is an incredible vessel capable of quick-strike capabilities, and is an important part of our Navy’s strategic planning” Hoeven said. “We met the ship and crew at the U.S. Naval Academy where it is docked to help cadets become familiar with submarine life and operations. The USS North Dakota received an award for battle readiness during its recent deployment, making it an ideal example to highlight to these young people. Whether by land, sea or air, our men and women in uniform do a great job protecting our nation, and it was a privilege to meet with them.”
The USS North Dakota, which was commissioned in 2014, returned in February from its first deployment, a six-month security mission in the European area. During its deployment, the Virginia-class submarine was awarded the “Battle Efficiency E” award, which a squadron awards to the ship deemed most battle ready.
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