Groton — The North Dakota, a Virginia-class submarine under construction, launched its ship crest, an emblem that will be associated with the submarine during its entire service life, on Aug. 24.
The crest was created through a unique partnership between the sub’s Commissioning Committee and the crew.
“The acceptance of our crest is one of many important milestones our submarine and her crew will experience during the process of bringing her to life,” said Cmdr. Doug Gordon, the sub’s commanding officer.
Historically a ship’s crest combines Navy and submarine history with the rich tradition of the namesake state. The North Dakota (SSN 784) crest includes sheaves of wheat, the first USS North Dakota (BB 29) at sea, an arrowhead shape and the motto “Strength From The Soil” as indicated on the North Dakota Coat of Arms.