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USS North Dakota Crew Members Make Namesake Visit


Two members of the crew of USS North Dakota (SSN-784) are making a namesake visit to western North Dakota. USS North Dakota Committee Chairman Bob Wefald of Bismarck said, “As part of our long term commitment to continue to build a strong and supportive relationship between the people of North Dakota and our boat we are supporting the namesake visit of two members of the crew.” Our boat’s Executive Officer Lieutenant Commander Cameron Aljilani and the 2015 Sailor of the Year Petty Officer First Class David Evers will visit Williston and Watford City as well as Bismarck. According to Wefald, “it is very important that we in North Dakota continue to reach our boat and its crew, and this namesake visit by the Executive Officer and the 2015 Sailor of the Year will continue to strengthen the mutual ties that bind us together.”

Currently USS North Dakota is in the General Dynamics Electric Boat shipyard undergoing post-commissioning availability to install updates and ready her for prolonged service in the fleet.

Both Lieutenant Commander Aljilani and Petty Officer First Class Evers will give an update on our boat to Watford City Chamber of Commerce and the American Legion at 11:30 a.m. on Wed., Dec. 2nd at Teddy’s 1 mile south of Watford City.

Wefald noted, “These namesake visits are important in building a strong and close relationship between the boat and its crew with the people of North Dakota. They will see the pride North Dakotans feel in the honor of having this ship named after our state.” USS North Dakota was commissioned on October 25, 2014.


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