Governor Doug Burgum says he has been informed the Navy submarine USS North Dakota has been certified for overseas deployment and is leaving today to support operations with European Command forces.
That news came from the commander of the USS North Dakota, Mark T. Robinson.
“Congratulations to Commander Robinson and the entire crew of the USS North Dakota for meeting the Navy’s highest standards for deployment,” Burgum said in a statement. “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.”
Commander Robinson noted that, as the ship leaves port, it will be flying the North Dakota state flag topside.
The submarine is expected to return from overseas duties at the end of January 2019.
The USS North Dakota was commissioned in 2014.