Crew of USS SOUTH DAKOTA to Visit Mitchell Corn Palace
Pierre, SD, February 1, 2016 – The USS South Dakota Commissioning Committee is proud to announce the inaugural visit of a delegation from the new USS South Dakota (SSN 790) to South Dakota. CDR Ron Withrow, the Commanding officer of the Pre-Commissioning Unit, will be leading the group. Also traveling to South Dakota will be Chief of the Boat YNCS(SS) Bryan Randall, ENS Benjamin Wallace, ET1(SU) Isaiah Tuohey, and enlisted sailor of the quarter YN3(SU) Connor Stevenson.
The officers and crew will be welcomed by the Mitchell Chamber of Commerce and local elected officials at 7:45 AM in the lobby of the Corn Palace. Following a short welcome, the officers and crew will be available to meet local members of the community. Coffee and donuts will be served.
Following the event, the officers and crew will be departing for Pierre where CDR Withrow will be addressing both houses of the legislature and attending the National Guard’s Dining Out.
Members of the crew will be available to the media. Please contact Michael Samp to make arrangements.
About the USS SOUTH DAKOTA (SSN 790)
On April 13, 2012, the Secretary of the Navy announced that U.S. Navy submarine SSN-790 would be named in honor of the State of South Dakota. Carrying a crew of 14 officers and 117 enlisted servicemen, USS SOUTH DAKOTA (SSN 790) will be armed with two Virginia Payload Tubes (VPT), each capable of holding six vertical launch Tomahawk missiles that can hit on-shore targets up to 1,240 miles away. The ship is powered by a nuclear reactor, offering an unlimited source of fuel lasting the life span of the ship, which is projected to be over 30 years.
About the Commissioning Committee
Authorized and directed by Governor Dennis Daugaard, the USS SOUTH DAKOTA (SSN 790) Commissioning Committee supports events surrounding the ship’s keel laying, christening, and commissioning. The Commissioning Committee is charged with hosting events in South Dakota for the officers and crew of USS SOUTH DAKOTA as well as fundraising and promotional efforts. The committee is also encouraged to develop long-lasting ties between the citizens of South Dakota and the crew of the ship.
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USS SOUTH DAKOTA (SSN 790) Commissioning Committee