- Associated Press - Saturday, October 25, 2014

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) - Gov. Jack Dalrymple and first lady Betsy Dalrymple are slated to attend the commissioning ceremony for a new attack submarine that will become USS North Dakota.

The governor is slated to speak at the commissioning for the $2.6 billion vessel on Saturday in Groton, Connecticut.

The submarine is the 11th in the Virginia class of ships. The 377-foot-long submarine will be able to launch cruise missiles, deliver special forces and carry out surveillance.

It is the first Navy vessel to carry the name North Dakota in a century. It was to be commissioned in Connecticut in May, but that was postponed because of several design changes.

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