The USS North Dakota has been certified for overseas deployment and the U.S. Navy submarine and her crew leave today in support of European Command forces. The submarine will return to Groton, Conn., at the end of January, according to Commander Mark T. Robinson.
“I am very proud of the amazing crew of USS North Dakota, very excited to be associated with the amazing state and people of North Dakota,” Robinson said. “As we sail away from friends and loved ones, we will be flying the state flag topside.”
The submarine was commissioned Oct. 25, 2014. Gov. Doug Burgum and first lady Kathryn Helgaas Burgum were among a group of North Dakotans who attended the change of command ceremony in November as Robinson relieved Commander Michael P. Hollenbach to become the submarine’s third commanding officer.
“Congratulations to Commander Robinson and the entire crew of the USS North Dakota for meeting the Navy’s highest standards for deployment,” Burgum said. “North Dakotans everywhere can be proud of this sophisticated Virginia-class submarine and her exceptional crew for representing our state and maintaining peace through strength with the utmost skill and professionalism.”