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Associated Press , Published September 10 2013

USS North Dakota to be commissioned next May

BISMARCK — The USS North Dakota goes into service May 31.

The Secretary of the Navy says the commissioning ceremony will be that day for the $2.6 billion nuclear-powered submarine.

It will be the first time in almost 100 years that a military vessel has carried the name of North Dakota.

Boat sponsor Katie Fowler will officially "bring the boat to life" when she gives the command to "man the ship" toward the end of the ceremony.

She'll christen the North Dakota on Nov. 2 in Groton, Conn., which marks the end of the shipbuilding process and officially launches the boat and formalizes its name.

The attack submarine will have 120 sailors and 15 officers. It's designed to launch missiles, carry commando teams and perform reconnaissance missions.

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