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U-S-S North Dakota expected to be delivered to Navy ahead of schedule


Groton, Connecticut  (KFGO AM  The man in charge of building the U-S-S North Dakota says it should be finished ahead of schedule.

When ready, the $2.6 billion dollar "hunter" nuclear submarine will be the most capable and technically advanced in the Navy's fleet when complete, the first in a new, improved version of the Virginia class subs.

Michael Nowak, ship manager for the U-S-S North Dakota,  with General Dynamics Electric Boat division in Groton,Connecticut, says the contract calls for delivery to the Navy is in August 2014. He says the 670 people working on the boat are "marching towards deliverying that boat in January of 2014, just seven or eight months from now."

Construction started on the sub in early 2009. It is the first Navy vessel to carry North Dakota's name in more than 90 years. The last ship to carry North Dakota's name was a coal fired battleship decommissioned in 1923.