Navy Secretary Hosts Naming Ceremony for New USS South Dakota

SD Lt. Gov. Michels and Gov. Daugaard with Navy Sec. Mabus

Construction will begin on the new “South Dakota” in 2013 and is scheduled to arrive in the Navy Fleet in 2017. “This ship is named the South Dakota to honor the citizens who have so strongly supported our military in so many ways including so many (South Dakotan) veterans,” said Mabus.  Mabus added that the ship will remain in service for more than 3 decades.

This next-generation attack submarine will provide the Navy with the capabilities required to maintain the nation’s undersea supremacy with enhanced stealth, sophisticated surveillance capabilities and special warfare enhancements that will enable them to meet the Navy’s multi-mission requirements.

South Dakota Governor Daugaard & Lt. Gov. Matt Michels speak at USS South Dakota naming ceremony.  Lt. Gov. Michels pictured above.


The future USS South Dakota will have the capability to attack targets seashore with highly accurate Tomahawk cruise missiles and conduct covert long-term surveillance of land area, littoral waters or other sea-based forces.  It is also designed for special forces delivery and support.

SSN 790 will be built at Electric Boat in Groton, Connecticut and will be 7,800 tones and 377 feet in length with a beam of 34 feet, and operate at speeds greater than 25 knots submerged.  It is designed with a reactor plant that will not require refueling during the planned life of the ship, reducing lifecycle costs while increasing underway time.

Navy Secretary, Ray Mabus speaks at USS South Dakota naming ceremony.

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