Commissioning Ceremony


The 17th Virginia Class nuclear submarine has it all: stealth, endurance, innovation and the ability to defend the safety and security of the United States of America. While its predecessor roared through the seas, the USS SOUTH DAKOTA (SSN 790) will be a silent protector with the newest innovations of any fast-attack submarine in the United States Navy fleet. The boat was christened on October 14, 2017 and is now entering the final phase prior to commissioning.

Commissioning Information

PCU SOUTH DAKOTA will be commissioned for service and officially become the USS SOUTH DAKOTA (SSN 790) on February 2, 2019. The ceremony is expected to take place in Groton, CT. The Secretary of the Navy will determine the date and location of the boat’s commissioning. As soon as we have any additional information, it will be posted on this site, our Facebook page and released to the media. The Commissioning Ceremony is an important milestone and Naval tradition where the United States Navy will officially accept the submarine as a part of the active Navy Fleet.

Request Your Ticket

Fill out our form to request your ticket to attend the historic Commissioning Ceremony. The Department of the Navy will take the next steps with those who are eligible. There are limited tickets available, so don’t miss out on your chance to attend.

Commissioning Events

There are several events leading up to the Commissioning Ceremony. Check back at a later time for more details.

Thursday, January 31
Mike’s Famous Harley Davidson Reception, 5PM – 8PM

Friday, February 1
Nautilus Museum Reception, 2PM – 4PM
Chairman’s Reception Dinner, 6PM – 9PM (invitation only)

Saturday, February 2nd 

Platform Breakfast, AM (invitation only)
Commissioning Ceremony, 11AM
Commissioning Ceremony Reception to follow