PCU Minnesota Commanding Officer Enlists Eight Minnesota Sailors

Story Number: NNS110808-06Release Date: 8/8/2011 12:19:00 PM
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By Lt. Jennifer Cragg, Commander, Submarine Group 2 Public Affairs

ST. PAUL, Minn. (NNS) -- The commanding officer of PCU Minnesota (SSN 783) officially administered the oath of enlistment to eight future Sailors during a namesake visit to Minnesota at the State Capitol building in St. Paul, Aug. 8.

The eight Sailors are slated to enter the nuclear power program after completing an eight-week boot camp.

"These young Americans are great examples of the Navy's future: intelligent, motivated and dedicated Sailors," said Cmdr. Shannon Tolliver, Navy Recruiting District Minneapolis executive officer. "We are fortunate to be able to recruit in a state with an exceptional education system."

Cmdr. John Fancher, Minnesota commanding officer, echoed Tolliver's comments on welcoming the future Sailors to the U.S. Navy and especially the nuclear power program.

"These Sailors are part of history today in that they share a bond with our boat when we officially kick-off our logo contest. Being from Minnesota, they share a direct bond with PCU Minnesota and its namesake state," said Fancher.

Fancher and several crew members are conducting other namesake-related events while in Minnesota. The crew will assist in officially launching a contest that will give Minnesota high school and college students a chance to win a college scholarship by designing a logo that will be used as the primary insignia of PCU Minnesota. The contest will be officially launched at a Minnesota Twins game Aug. 8.

The contest is open to students ages 16-22, runs until Nov. 1, and is sponsored by the Navy League's USS Minnesota Commissioning Committee. The winning logo will be selected by crew members of the submarine.

Fancher and several of his crew members will also visit the Minnesota State Capitol; meet with Minnesota Gov. Mark Dayton, as well as Senate and House Leadership from both parties. The crew will also attend a local submarine veterans' breakfast prior to returning to Norfolk where the boat is currently under construction and set for delivery in 2013.

Minnesota will be the 10th submarine in the Virginia class of nuclear-powered attack submarines. This will be only the third ship to be named after the state of Minnesota with the last one being more than a century ago.

For more news from Commander Submarine Group 2, visit www.navy.mil/local/Subgru2/.

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