USS South Dakota Class joins the fleet

Groton —  Fifty-eight sailors of "Class 17420," USS South Dakota, graduated from Basic Enlisted Submarine School, on Sept. 15.

Seaman Jack Percival is class honor graduate and continues in apprentice team training.

Machinist's Mate 3rd Class Angelica Aguirre is recipient of the Navy Core Values Award.

Seaman Trevor Branson is the Submarine Heritage Award recipient

Machinist's Mate 3rd Class Sean Castell, Seaman Apprentice Charles Carpenter, Seaman Recruit Dennes Diazespada, Seaman Recruit Keegan Brunner, Seaman Duane Hoard, Seaman Christopher Lee, Seaman Matthew Pose, Seaman Aaron Nielson, Seaman Apprentice John Arevalo, and Seaman David Stewart are graduates with distinction.

Basic Enlisted Submarine School is a six-week introduction to the basic theory, construction and operation of nuclear-powered submarines. In preparation for an assignment, sailors receive instruction on shipboard organization, submarine safety and escape procedures.

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