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Manuscripts by Subject - Military - #11133

Title: USS North Dakota (SSN 784) Collection

Dates: 2009-2014

Collection Number: MSS 11133

Quantity: 2 feet plus a digital scan

Abstract: Consists of documentation from the keel laying ceremonies of the USS NORTH DAKOTA held May 11, 2012 at Quonset Point, RI, a Bismarck/Mandan Chamber of Commerce flyer with a history of the ship, advertisement for USS NORTH DAKOTA merchandise, and documentation from the commissioning of the ship and other events. The collection was donated by Robert Wefald, who was present at the ceremonies.

The collection also includes photographs, a video, a Power Point presentation and program from the construction, christening and rollout of the USS NORTH DAKOTA SSN 784. This part of this collection is FOR REFERENCE USE ONLY (Copyright belongs to either the Newport News or General Dynamics Electric Boat) and was added to the collection by Robert A. Hamilton, Director of Communications, General Dynamics Electric Boat.

Provenance: Robert Wefald donated the collection to the State Historical Society of North Dakota on August 9, 2012. Material was added to the collection by Robert A. Hamilton in August 2012, September 2013 and November 2013.

Property Rights: The State Historical Society of North Dakota owns the property rights to this collection.

Copyrights: Copyrights to this collection remain with the donor, publisher, author, or author's heirs.  Researchers should consult the 1976 Copyright Act, Public Law 94-553, Title 17, U.S. Code or an archivist at this repository if clarification of copyright requirements is needed.            

Access: This collection is open under the rules and regulations of the State Historical Society of North Dakota.

Citation: Researchers are requested to cite the collection title, collection number, and the State Historical Society of North Dakota in all footnote and bibliographic references.

Transfer: Several artifacts were offered to the Museum Division in November 2013. See case file for details. Additional artifacts were offered to the Museum Division in January 2015. See case file for details.

From the Bismarck-Mandan Chamber of Commerce website, USS North Dakota SSN 784 Basics of PCU North Dakota (SSN 784) started on March 2, 2009, and its contract delivery is in 2014.

It is the second U.S. Navy ship to bear the name, honoring the military legacy of a state that has produced 17 recipients of the Medal of Honor for actions in Combat. USS North Dakota (BB-29) was a 20,000-ton Delaware-class battleship that served from 1910-1923.

North Dakota is the first submarine in the $14 billion Block III contract awarded to Electric Boat company on Dec. 22, 2008, which covers construction of eight Virginia-class submarines, SSN 784 through SSN 791.

A redesigned bow with two large payload tubes provides the Virginia Class Submarine with volume and flexibility for the changing mission requirements of the 21st century, and saves $40 million per hull in the process.

The redesigned bow replaces the ability to launch 12 missiles from vertical tubes, while at the same time providing a much larger diameter payload capacity - 87 inches instead of the previous 21 inches -significantly increasing the capability of the ship to deploy a much broader range of weapons, sensors, adjunct vehicles and other payloads.

In addition, North Dakota will be the first attack submarine with tubes having a diameter comparable to Ohio-class SSGNs, which means it will be able to leverage investment in payloads for that platform.

Virginia-class submarines provide the Navy with capabilities that will help it maintain undersea supremacy into the 21st century. They feature improved stealth, sophisticated surveillance capabilities and special warfare enhancements that will enable them to meet the Navy's multi-mission requirements.

The role of attack submarines in the fleet include strike; covert long-term surveillance of land areas, littoral waters or other sea-based forces; anti-submarine and anti-ship warfare; special forces delivery and support; and mine delivery and minefield mapping.
Virginia-class submarines displace 7,800-tons and are 377 feet in length. They can operate at more than 25 knots submerged, and are designed with a reactor plant that will not require refueling during the life of the ship.


Box 1:
1 Keel laying ceremonies of the USS ND (SSN 784), Quonset Point, RI May 11, 2012: invitations, identification badge (Captain Robert Wefald), two DVDs of the ceremonies, and a Bismarck/Mandan Chamber of Commerce flyer with a history of the ship and advertisement for USS ND merchandise

2 Image of the USS North Dakota (SSN 784) under construction: image shows the sail landing on the 1-2A module (For ordering information contact Newport News Shipbuilding)

3 Two discs of photographs:
1. Images of Katie and VADM Jeff Fowler visiting North Dakota, SSN 784, in Groton on April 13, 2013 (The images were authorized for public release but rights remain with General Dynamics Electric Boat)
2. Photographs taken when the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, Gen. Martin Dempsey, visited the General Dynamics Electric Boat shipyard on January 31, 2013 (Permission to use these photographs must be granted by General Dynamics Electric Boat)

4 Discs (Rights remain with General Dynamics Electric Boat):
1. Video of the roll out and float off, September 10, 2013
2. Photographs of the roll out, September 10, 2013
3. ND Pre-Launch slide show, October 25, 2013
4. Photographs of the SSN 784 USS ND Christening, November 2, 2013
Christening program for the USS North Dakota SSN 784, November 2, 2013
Digital photograph from the January 31, 2013 visit was part of the accession (rights remain with
General Dynamics Electric Boat)

1. Brief from the Commissioning Support Team on the steps in a commissioning
2. Brochure used to raise funds for USS NORTH DAKOTA Committee
3. Governor Dalrymple's Proclamation of June 30, 2011, as USS NORTH DAKOTA DAY
4. Letter from Senator John Hoeven with thanks for creating USS NORTH DAKOTA coin with image of Ship's Sponsor Katie Fowler, June 30, 2011
5. Letter from former Senator Kent Conrad regarding coin with Katie Fowler image, June 30, 2011
6. Senate Concurrent Resolution No. 4013 expressing pride in USS NORTH DAKOTA (SSN-784)
7. Items included in the initial invitation including an invitation, RSVP Notice, Hotel Information, card with the name of the Ship's Sponsor Katei Fowler with her Matron of Honor Brittany Abbatiello and Maid of Honor Lynsee Fowler, card announcing the CAPT Douglas Gordon will assume command of USS NORTH DAKOTA, and a card with a photo of the boat on one side and the crest on the other
8. The final ticket package including a GREEN ticket, security Access card and Commissioning Ceremony General Information or a RED ticket with Chairman's Dinner invitation and Chairman's Dinner General Information, an invitation to Platform and Distinguished Guests Assembly Briefing and Platform Assembly Briefing Information, and a Commissioning Summary of Events
9. Commissioning book published by the U.S. Navy
10. Invocation and benediction given by Rev. Robert L. Polk at the Chairman's Dinner on October 24, 2014
11. Introduction of Rev. Polk
12. Words to the North Dakota verse of the Navy Hymn
13. Program for the Chairman's Dinner on October 24, 2014
14. Christening program for the USS NORTH DAKOTA SSN 784, November 2, 2013

1. High gloss photo image of crest of USS NORTH DAKOTA (SSN-784)
2. DVD of the May 11, 2012 Keel Laying for USS NORTH DAKOTA held in Quonset Point, Rhode Island, at the facilities of General Dynamics Electric Boat (General Dynamics Electric Boat), the principal contractor of USS NORTH DAKOTA (Rights remain with General Dynamics Electric Boat)
3. DVD of photos taken on June 30, 2011, of the unveiling of the coin bearing the image of Ship's Sponsor Katie Fowler
4. DVD by General Dynamics Electric Boat of Sponsor's visit to General Dynamics Electric Boat on September 22 and 23, 2009
5. North Dakota Horizons magazine (fall 2012) with report on May 11, 2012, Keel Laying ceremony
6. DVD by General Dynamics Electric Boat of the arrival of the bow section of USS NORTH DAKOTA on December 1, 2012
7. DVD by General Dynamics Electric Boat of the visit to General Dynamics Electric Boat by the Ship's Sponsor on April 13, 2013
8. DVD by General Dynamics Electric Boat of the Roll Out and Float Off of USS NORTH DAKOTA in September 2013
9.North Dakota Horizons magazine Winter 2013 edition with report on November 2, 2013, Christening
10. Copy of The Day of New London, Connecticut, of October 26, 2014, reporting on the commissioning of USS NORTH DAKOTA on October 25, 2014
11. Commercially prepared diagram of USS NORTH DAKOTA immediately after commissioning on October 25, 2014
12. Chamber Connection magazine December 2014 edition with report of the October 25, 2014, commissioning
13. DVD of events surrounding the commissioning ceremony

Box 2:
Card for use with display of USS NORTH DAKOTA models with information about the boat

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