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USS North Dakota almost ready for deployment

BISMARCK -- A 60-month process of building a submarine with North Dakota's namesake and training its crew is nearly completed. The USS North Dakota could be deployed for action within two months.

BISMARCK - A 60-month process of building a submarine with North Dakota’s namesake and training its crew is nearly completed. The USS North Dakota could be deployed for action within two months.
Tim Preabt, master Chief of the USS North Dakota and a state native, paid a visit to the North Dakota Senate and House this week to thank the state for its support and give an update on its progress.
Preabt said the submarine, which has been out to sea for about six months, runs 24 hours a day and the 145-member crew works in 18-hour cycles. The ship will mostly be under water for a month at a time. The ship is equipped with two vertical payload tubes with six missiles each to more efficiently launch Tomahawk missiles and torpedoes. Former systems needed 12 vertical tubes, he said.
“The technology we have is far more capable than we had before - whether it’s anti-submarine warfare, anti-surface warfare, counter-intelligence to special operations,” he said.
Preabt, a native of Williston and 1989 graduate of Mandan High School, said it is an honor to oversee the ship with the name North Dakota. His wife, Linda, is also a native of Williston.

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