USS IDAHO Christening Date in Groton, Connecticut has been set for Saturday, March 16, 2024
Deadline to request tickets has passed. We are no longer accepting ticket requests for the Christening.
Creating a Strong Bond between a Great State and a Great Ship...
Welcome and thank you for your interest in the USS IDAHO SSN 799 Commissioning Foundation and Committee and our work in support of the commissioning and crew of the warship that will carry our state's name.
We welcome your involvement and support in our once-in-a-hundred-year project. Our Committee and its supporters include Idahoans and non-Idahoans alike. We have many military veterans, including Navy submariners, but most are simply patriots who want to make a difference for the young men and women who will sail aboard the USS IDAHO "on scene, unseen" in defense of our nation for decades to come.
The future USS IDAHO SSN 799 is a leading-edge Virginia Class nuclear-powered fast attack submarine being built by General Dynamics Electric Boat in Connecticut. She will be christened the spring of 2024, and is likely to be commissioned into the Navy fleet during the spring of 2025. Much of the advanced acoustic stealth technology came from the US Navy’s premier Acoustic Research Laboratory in Bayview Idaho on Lake Pend Oreille and is home to the largest unmanned submarine in the world. The Navy facility is located on the former Camp Farragut; the second largest of seven Navy bootcamps in WWII, training almost 300k sailors during the war.
She will follow in the tradition of the four previous ships named USS IDAHO the most recent being Battleship 42, which was commissioned in 1919. It served with distinction in the Battles of Iwo Jima and Okinawa and was present in Tokyo Bay during the signing of the formal surrender by the Empire of Japan on September 2, 1945.
The USS IDAHO Commissioning Foundation Inc. is an Idaho nonprofit corporation with Federal IRC Sec. 501(c)(3) tax exempt status (EIN 84-5147328).
The 43rd State has an amazing Naval History that even many of our residents are not aware of. From the second largest of seven Navy Bootcamps in WWII to the first Nuclear Submarine Prototype ever built to "The U.S. Submarine force's most important body of water."
Gem of the Fleet!
The USS IDAHO SSN 799 will be the 26th Virginia Class Submarine built since the 1999 and the eighth Block IV variant of the class incorporating the very latest in undersea warfighting technology and submarine construction techniques.
Our Committee responsibilities are numerous. Foremost is building the long-term connection between Idahoans and our namesake warship's young sailors who will serve aboard her in dangerous places.
USS IDAHO News
Other than the Port of Lewiston, which happens to be the most inland port on the West Coast, Idaho is otherwise a landlocked state. You might think, “Why in the heck would Idaho have a Naval vessel named after it?” “It’s because of the absolute DNA of the Navy in Idaho,” former Idaho Gov. Dirk Kempthorne told me in an interview. Kempthorne is chairman of the commissioning advisory committee for the USS Idaho, the newest nuclear submarine that will be joining the U.S. Navy fleet.
Join us at the Egyptian Theatre in Boise for a screening of "Idaho's Nuclear Navy" on March 11. Doors open at 5:30 PM. Presentation and Q&A begin at 6:15 PM.
USS Idaho Events
Pressure Hull Complete
The USS IDAHO crew and Electric Boat employees in front of the future USS IDAHO SSN 799 in October 2023. Photo courtesy of General Dynamics Electric Boat via the USS IDAHO Commissioning Committee.
Photo Courtesy of General Dynamics Electric Boat
Keel Laying Ceremony
24 AUG 2020
USS IDAHO March
Silver and Gold Beneath the Waves
A march dedicated to the sailors of the USS IDAHO SSN 799 serving our nation and representing the people of the great state of Idaho
Composer: Professor Dan Bukvich, University of Idaho Lionel Hampton School of Music
The complete breakdown of the different parts of Silver and Gold Beneath the Waves by Professor Dan Bukvich.