MINOT, N.D. — The first U.S. Navy submarine in a century to carry the name North Dakota is returning from its first deployment later this month.
The Minot Daily News reports that the $2.6 billion, 377-foot-long USS North Dakota will return to its home port of Groton, Connecticut, on Jan. 31 after a six-month deployment.
The submarine is able to launch cruise missiles, deliver special forces and carry out surveillance. Cmdr. Mark Robinson said the deployment included 68 days of operations that required “the most rigorous attention.”
The sub is just the second Navy vessel named for North Dakota. A World War I-era battleship was also named for the state.
The submarine was commissioned at Groton in 2014.