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FILE - This Aug. 18, 2014 file photo provided by the U.S. Navy shows the PCU North Dakota going through bravo sea trials in the Atlantic Ocean to determine its seaworthiness and capabilities, ahead of its Oct. 25, 2014 commissioning. Master Chief Petty Officer Tim Preabt, the submarine’s senior enlisted sailor, told North Dakota lawmakers during a visit Monday, Feb. 9, 2015, the 377-foot-long attack submarine could be deployed within two months. (AP Photo/Courtesy of the U.S. Navy, File)

USS North Dakota submarine could be deployed within 2 months

BISMARCK, N.D. — A Navy attack submarine named for North Dakota could be deployed within two months, its senior enlisted sailor says.

Construction of the $2.6 billion USS North Dakota began in March 2009. It was commissioned in late October at a Navy base in Connecticut.

Master Chief Petty Officer Tim Preabt — the only crew member who is a North Dakota native — told North Dakota lawmakers during a visit Monday that the sub has been out to sea for several months of testing.

“We’re going through a test cycle right now before the boat is deployed,” he said. “North Dakota performed very well according to all of the testing and sea trials we did.”

The 377-foot-long submarine with a crew of nearly 150 can launch cruise missiles, deliver special forces and carry out surveillance. It is the first Navy vessel in a century to be named for the state.

“The capabilities of the boat allow it to operate anywhere in the world undetected,” Preabt said.

In related news, Attack submarine North Dakota completes successful dry run prior to commissioning.

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