USS NORTH DAKOTA is the 11th VIRGINIA - class nuclear-powered attack submarine and the second ship in the Navy named after the state of North Dakota. NORTH DAKOTA is the first of eight Block III VIRGINIA-class submarines. Approximately 20 percent of NORTH DAKOTA were redesigned to lower acquisition cost and increase operational flexibility. The changes include a ship's bow redesign, replacing 12 individual launch tubes with two large-diameter VIRGINIA Payload Tubes, each capable of launching six UGM-109 Tomahawk cruise missiles.
|General Characteristics:||Awarded: December 22, 2008|
|Keel laid: May 11, 2012|
|Launched: September 15, 2013|
|Commissioned: October 25, 2014|
|Builder: General Dynamics Electric Boat Division, Groton, Conn.|
|Propulsion system: one nuclear reactor|
|Length: 377 feet (115 meters)|
|Beam: 34 feet (10.4 meters)|
|Draft: 30.5 feet (9.3 meters)|
|Displacement: Surfaced: approx. 6,950 tons Submerged: approx. 7,800 tons|
|Speed: Surfaced: approx. 25 knots Submerged: approx. 32 knots|
|Homeport: Groton, Conn.|
|Crew: 15 officers, 117 enlisted|
This section contains the names of sailors who served aboard USS NORTH DAKOTA. It is no official listing but contains the names of sailors who submitted their information.