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Virginia급 공격 원잠 USS North Dakota (SSN 784) 진수식 원자력추진 잠수함

USS North Dakota (SSN 784) christening ceremony, 2 Nov 2013

PCU North Dakota is the second Navy ship named after the 39th state. The first was a Delaware-class dreadnought battleship.
SSN 784's name was chosen in honor of North Dakota's proud military heritage. Seventeen North Dakotans have been awarded the Medal of Honor for actions in combat.
In future years, the attack submarine will deliver speed, agility, stealth, endurance and firepower to combatant commanders directing U.S. military operations around the globe.


Virginia-class subs have improved stealth and sophisticated surveillance capabilities. Their special warfare enhancements enable them to meet multiple mission requirements.
North Dakota will be able to attack targets ashore with highly accurate Tomahawk cruise missiles and conduct covert long-term surveillance of land areas, littoral waters or other sea-based forces. Its reactor plant is designed so that it will not require refueling during the planned life of the ship, reducing lifecycle costs while increasing time at sea.
North Dakota's construction will continue during the next few months as its 138 crewmembers prepare to evaluate the ship's seaworthiness and operational performance during sea trials.


PCU North Dakota is scheduled officially join the Navy fleet once commissioned in early 2014.
The submarine measures 377 feet in length and has a beam of 34 feet. It will displace 7,800 tons and be capable of operating at more than 25 knots under water.