USS NORTH DAKOTA SSN 784
The North Dakota (SSN 784) is the 11th Virginia-class attack submarine and the second United States Navy ship named for the state of North Dakota. She is the first Block III sub and have a revised bow with a Large Aperture Bow (LAB) sonar array instead of the spherical main sonar array which has been used on all U.S. Navy attack submarines since 1960. She also have two large Vertical Launch System (VLS) tubes, instead of 12 individual, each containing 6 missiles. The contract to build her was awarded to General Dynamics Electric Boat division on August 14, 2003. Construction began in February 2008 and the ship was named on July 15.
May 11, 2012 The keel for North Dakota was laid down during a ceremony at GDEB’s Quonset Point facility in North Kingstown, R.I.
From September 11-15, 2013, the North Dakota has been slowly and meticulously moved from the hangar in which she was assembled to a dry-dock where she floated off for the first time at noon on Sept. 15.
November 2, The Pre-Commissioning Unit (PCU) North Dakota was christened during an 11 a.m. EDT ceremony at Electric Boat shipyard in Groton, Conn. Mrs. Katie Fowler, the wife of Vice Adm. Jeffrey L. Fowler (Ret.), served as sponsor of the ship. Cmdr. Douglas V. Gordon is the prospective commanding officer.
April 16, 2014 The commissioning of the USS North Dakota, scheduled for May 31, has been postponed. This decision is based on the need for additional design and certification work required on the submarine's redesigned bow and material issues with vendor-assembled and delivered components.
August 5, SSN 784 returned to Electric Boat shipyard after successfully completed its Alpha sea trials; Underway for Bravo trials with the INSURV from Aug. 18-23.
August 29, General Dynamic's Electric Boat delivered the PCU North Dakota to U.S. Navy two days prior to its contract delivery date and more than $30 million below target cost.
October 25, USS North Dakota was commissioned during an 11 a.m. EDT ceremony at Pier 6, Naval Submarine Base New London in Groton, Connecticut.
July 20, 2015 USS North Dakota returned to Groton after a six-week underway for operational testing of an Unmanned Underwater Vehicles (UUV's) in the Mediterranean Sea.
July 23, Cmdr. Michael P. Hollenbach relieved Cmdr. Douglas V. Gordon as commanding officer of the North Dakota.
August 13, Electric Boat Corp., Groton, Conn., was awarded a $22,3 million undefinitized contract action against a previously awarded contract (N00024-09-C-2104) for the planning and execution of the USS North Dakota's Post Shakedown Availability (PSA). Work is expected to be completed by April 2016.
July 29, 2016 USS North Dakota undocked from Graving Dock #2 and moored pierside at Electric Boat Shipyard; Underway for sea trials in December.
January 24, 2017 The North Dakota departed NSB New London for acoustic trials in the Exuma Sound off Bahamas; Brief stop at Trident Wharf in Port Canaveral, Fla., on Feb. 2; Returned home on Feb. ?; Underway again on April ?.
April 7, The Virginia-class attack submarine moored at Trident Wharf in Port Canaveral for a brief stop.