Capt. Douglas V. Gordon, left, Master Chief Timothy Allan Preabt, center, and Lt. Commander Kristopher A. Lancaster, right, of the North Dakota during the christening of the North Dakota (SSN-784), the 11th Virginia-class submarine, at General Dynamics Electric Boat in Groton, Conn. Saturday, Nov. 2, 2013. (AP Photo/The Day, Dana Jensen)
GROTON, Conn. (AP) — The U.S. Navy on Saturday christened its newest attack submarine, a $2.6 billion vessel named North Dakota that can launch cruise missiles, deliver special forces commandos and carry out surveillance over land and sea.
It is the first Navy vessel to carry the name North Dakota in nearly a century. The christening coincides with the 124th anniversary of North Dakota becoming the 39th state of the Union.
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