Staff, Vermilion Plain Talk
26 October 2015
Lt. Gov. Matt Michels visited the Connecticut facility where the USS South Dakota SSN 790 will be built. At the facility, Michels toured the recently commissioned USS Illinois and met with the ship commander, the chief of the boat and the ship manager who is overseeing construction of the USS South Dakota.
"The USS South Dakota BB-57 was the most decorated warship of World War II. With the construction of the SSN 790, we’re moving the history of the USS South Dakota forward to protect our nation," said. Lt. Gov. Michels.
General Dynamics Electric Boat is building the multi-mission nuclear powered Virginia class submarine which will support a crew of 130 sailors. The company has been building submarines since 1899 when it assembled the U.S. Navy’s first commissioned undersea warship, the USS Holland.
Construction for the USS South Dakota will begin in 2016. The submarine is expected to be complete in August of 2018.