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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).

Idaho Naval History

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."

The Future USS IDAHO SSN 799
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.

The Commissioning Committee

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


Idaho Public Television to examine 'Idaho's Nuclear Navy'

Idaho Public Television to examine 'Idaho's Nuclear Navy'
November 30th, 2023

This year marks the Naval Reactors program's 75th anniversary — Aug. 4 marked the actual birthday — which launched as a joint Department of Navy and Department of Energy organization responsible for all aspects of the Navy’s nuclear propulsion. The history of Idaho's Nuclear Navy at the Department of Energy's desert site west of Idaho Falls dates to the program's inception. Construction on the nuclear propulsion plant prototype S1W at the Naval Reactors Facility began in 1950. The S1W served as the prototype for the first nuclear-powered submarine, the USS Nautilus (SSN 571), according to the Naval Nuclear Propulsion Program. The USS Nautilus first went to sea in 1955.


PCU IDAHO Is a Whole Ship

PCU IDAHO Is a Whole Ship
October 25th, 2023

PCU IDAHO (SSN 799) is a whole ship. The crew and Electric Boat shipyard workers are celebrating their accomplishment of getting all of the sections connected in October 2023.


Idaho Public Television's Idaho Experience Will Air Documentary on Idaho's Nuclear Navy on Dec. 3, 2023. Premieres in Idaho Falls on Nov. 30.

Idaho Public Television's Idaho Experience Will Air Documentary on Idaho's Nuclear Navy on Dec. 3, 2023. Premieres in Idaho Falls on Nov. 30.
October 12th, 2023

Idaho Public Television reporter Aaron Kunz is producing a documentary on the development -- and retirement -- of three nuclear propulsion prototypes A1W, S1W, and S5G that were developed for submarines at the Naval Reactors Facility (NRF).  Click here to watch the preview.


USS Idaho Events


USS IDAHO Christening Information
August 17, 2023

Please complete short survey to let us know if you are considering attending the christening and what factors may affect your decision.


USS IDAHO Change of Command Ceremony
December 2, 2022

USS IDAHO Will Welcome a New Commander to its Pre-Commissioning Unit Commander Randall Leslie to take the helm from Commander Nicholas Meyers


Crew Coming to Idaho

Crew Coming to Idaho
June 29, 2022

USS IDAHO crew visits Idaho.


Pressure Hull Complete
Fall 2023

USS IDAHO Keel Laying

Pressure Hull Complete, Fall 2023

Keel Laying Ceremony
24 AUG 2020

USS IDAHO Keel Laying

Hull section of the future USS IDAHO on display festooned with the US Flag, Ships Crest and the Official Seal of the State of Idaho

USS IDAHO Keel Laying

The ship’s Sponsor, Terry Stackley giving her keynote address

USS IDAHO Keel Laying

Welder Tim Cashman of Electric Boat, welds Terry Stackley’s Initials into the plate of steel that will be mounted in the submarine

USS IDAHO Keel Laying

The ship’s Chief of the Boat, Master Chief David Pope, Executive Officer, Lieutenant Commander Rene Medrano, Former Governor Dirk Kempthorne, Ship’s Sponsor, Terry Stackley and the Ships Commanding Officer, CDR Nicholas Meyers on stage at the Keel Laying.

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.

ARD Bayview Video

Support Our Ship and Sailors
Support Our Ship and Sailors