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Not only is tomorrow North Dakota's 140th birthday --- it's also a historic day for the state.

The USS North Dakota will be Christened in Groton Connecticut.

Jon Berg is there and has more.

More than 100 North Dakotans are in Groton Connecticut this weekend for the Christening of the USS North Dakota.

I caught up with a few of them tonight to find out what made them decide to make the trip out here.

"I'm an ex submarine sailor and I served in Hawaii on USS 582, so this is 202 boats after the one that I was serving on," Chuck Weeks of Bismarck said.

"I'm a retired Navy Veteran and I used to work with the aviation portion of it and we would try to go out and find the submarines," Ken Welk of Mandan said.

"Anything that we can do to further North Dakota is a good idea to me and because we'll never have a submarine close to North Dakota, because we don't have quite the water for it, I think it's a good idea that we have it here," Mary Ann Armbrust of Fargo said.

"I think it's super that people took the time out to lobby the Navy department to get a ship named after the great state of North Dakota," Ray Geffre of Bismarck said.

Now the Christening event starts at 11 a.m. tomorrow, 10 a.m. central time and of course I will be here and I'll bring you the latest tomorrow night, on the Christening of the USS North Dakota.

Reporting in Groton Connecticut for KX News, I'm Jon Berg.

The submarine won't be commissioned until May, but once it is it will patrolling the seas for 33 years without having to refuel --- because the ship is nuclear powered.

The christening of the USS North Dakota will be streamed on the Web and available on KXNET.com tomorrow at 10 o'clock central time.

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