- Associated Press - Tuesday, July 21, 2015

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) - A Navy attack submarine named for the state of North Dakota is getting a new skipper.

The Bismarck Tribune reports (https://bit.ly/1LqqkwG ) that Capt. Douglas Gordon is being replaced as commanding officer of the USS North Dakota by Cmdr. Michael Hollenbach.

A change-of-command ceremony is scheduled Thursday afternoon at the naval base in Groton, Connecticut. A delegation from North Dakota is attending.

Gordon is being promoted to a new position at headquarters of the Allied Maritime Command in the United Kingdom.

Construction of the $2.6 billion submarine began in March 2009. It was commissioned in October 2014. The 377-foot-long sub with a crew of nearly 150 can launch cruise missiles, deliver special forces and carry out surveillance.

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Information from: Bismarck Tribune, https://www.bismarcktribune.com

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