The Navy is getting ready to commission the USS South Dakota this weekend and a delegation from South Dakota will be there for the big ceremony.
It’s been years in the making, but when the USS South Dakota is commissioned on Saturday in Connecticut, it’ll be extra special for South Dakota Governor Kristi Noem.
“When I was a member of Congress, the plans for this submarine to be named after the state of South Dakota were announced and we were thrilled,” Noem said.
Noem will be just one of the South Dakota dignitaries who will be on hand for the special ceremony.
The submarine’s crest pays homage to our state. In the center, sits Mount Rushmore, the state’s most iconic destination.
Surrounding Mount Rushmore are three coyotes, the state animal.
Pheasant feathers and a rattlesnake tail hang from the side representing the state bird and the silent and deadly stealth capabilities of the submarine.
Above Mount Rushmore, the sun shape pays tribute to our state flag.
State Representative Scyller J. Borglum will also be on hand.
“We want to be the best, have the best and do the best and the fact that we have thee top of the line submarines named after our great state, that does nothing, but bring a smile to my face,” Borglum said.
The boat’s motto is written in Latin which means – “Under the sea we rule.”
“This is going to be the best weapon that the United States military will have at sea, so we can be proud of that and that’s something every single South Dakotan recognizes and that’s why they’re so proud it carries our name,” Noem said.
U.S. Senator Mike Rounds and U.S. Representative Dusty Johnson of South Dakota will be two of the speakers during the commissioning ceremony.