Published November 30 2012
PCU North Dakota crew holds toy drive for kidsGROTON, Conn. – Just call them sub Santas.
The crew of the Pre-Commissioning Unit North Dakota, a Virginia-class attack submarine now under construction, is collecting toys for children at Riverfront Children’s Center, which serves low-income families in the Groton area.
The toy drive, now in its second year, was started by Electronics Technician Seaman Apprentice Lucas Pickering and other crew members.
“Since Riverfront is so close to where our boat is being constructed, we wanted to give back to the local community, especially the children,” Pickering said.
Last year, the crew donated almost 200 toys for the U.S. Marine Corps Reserves Toys for Tots program.
PCU North Dakota, the second ship to carry the state’s name, will be the 11th Virginia-class sub when it is commissioned in 2014.
The only other ship to bear the name North Dakota was the Delaware-class battleship USS North Dakota, which was in service from 1910 to 1923.