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Minnesota (SSN 783) III

Minnesota, a territory named for a Lakota (Sioux) Native American word meaning “sky‑tinted water” and organized in 1849, was admitted to the Union as the 32d State on 11 May 1858.

III

(SSN 783: displacement 7,800; length 377'; beam 34'; draft 32'; speed 30 knots; complement 132; armament Mk 48 Advanced Capability upgrade torpedoes, Tomahawk cruise missiles)

Ships seal Minnesota’s crest. The state of Minnesota is colored blue, like the water in her 10,000 lakes, and signifies vigilance, perseverance, and justice. The Viking, a member of the great seafarers of old, represents the descendants of the Norwegian, Swedish, and German settlers who first arrived in Minnesota. The three chain links connect the three ships named Minnesota, and are represented by three five-point stars on the tips of the chain links. From the Civil War, to the Great White Fleet, World War I, and today, Minnesota has and will continue to play an important role in the defense of the United States. The links are colored blue; the same as the state flag of Minnesota. The center ring that connects the chain links is colored maroon, borrowing a color from the University of Minnesota, which symbolizes the state’s commitment to academic excellence and wisdom. This dedication to excellence is found in the Submarine Force’s mastery of the science and technology necessary to design, build, and operate a nuclear powered submarine. The submarine Minnesota is shown rigged for dive, and on the move through the world’s oceans. On her bow is Minnesota’s state fish, the walleye. The walleye is the top predator fish in the lakes of Minnesota, and like the walleye, Minnesota dominates the undersea environment. The large five-point star on the Viking’s helmet represents both Minnesota as the “North Star State,” as well as the celestial beacon that all mariners over the millennium have guided their ships by. The submarine’s motto, “Ex Septentrio, Virtus,” means, “From the North Star, Power.”

Minnesota was laid down on 20 May 2011 at Huntington Ingalls Industries-Newport News Shipbuilding, Newport News, Va.; launched on 3 November 2012; sponsored by Ellen Roughead, wife of Chief of Naval Operations Adm. Gary Roughead; and commissioned on 7 September 2013, Cmdr. John W. Fancher in command.

The Navy awarded Huntington Ingalls Industries-Newport News Shipbuilding, partnered with Electric Boat Division, General Dynamics, Groton, Conn., a contract to build Minnesota (SSN 783). Huntington Ingalls began the construction in February 2008, and the Department of Defense announced the selection of her name on 15 July. Minnesota’s keel was authenticated in May 2011, and the submarine was announced “pressure hull complete” on 23 May 2012. She was christened on 27 October 2012. The Navy accepted delivery of the boat on 6 June 2013—11 months early of her original contract delivery date of April 2014.