Creating a Strong Bond between a Great State and a Great Ship...
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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 sometime between late 2023 and spring 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 operating under the Idaho Defense Alliance Inc. (EIN 83-1884467).

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 Crew Visits Kellogg High School

USS IDAHO Crew Visits Kellogg High School
September 23rd, 2023

KELLOGG — "Let it be forever!" rang out through the gymnasium at Kellogg High School on Tuesday morning. The crew of the USS Idaho led students, staff and community members in their vessel's battle cry during a visit to the Silver Valley. Former Idaho Gov. Dirk Kempthorne and students from the Kellogg JROTC program engaged with crew members as they discussed the future of the nuclear-powered fast attack submarine.

Photos Honoring the USS IDAHO Crew
September 22nd, 2023

Former governor of Idaho Dirk Kempthorne spoke to the crowd during a reception honoring crew members of the U.S.S. Idaho inside the Veterans of Foreign Wars building on Wednesday on Wednesday.

USS Idaho crew tours vessel's namesake a year before christening
September 21st, 2023

COEUR D'ALENE, Idaho — The USS Idaho, a modern nuclear submarine still under construction, is set to take to the seas in 2025. This week, members of the crew are touring the vessel's namesake. Specifically, they're visiting destinations across the Idaho panhandle. Petty Office Rober Boscan is from Hayden and fancies himself fortunate to be assigned to the submarine that shares his home state's name.

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.

Meet the USS IDAHO Crew in North Idaho, Sept. 18-23
September 18, 2023

Please join us as we welcome the USS IDAHO crew to North Idaho!

Upcoming Summer Events with the USS IDAHO Commissioning Committee

Come out to your local parade this summer and cheer for the USS IDAHO float.

Support Our Ship and Sailors
Support Our Ship and Sailors

Keel Laying Ceremony

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.


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.

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