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 in the summer of 2022 and is likely to be commissioned into the Navy fleet in  the summer of 2023. 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 News


Former gov.'s Harley raffled to honor service members, fund scholarships on Veterans Day

Former gov.'s Harley raffled to honor service members, fund scholarships on Veterans Day
November 12th, 2021

Patricia Kempthorne stood in front of the crowd of mostly veterans, spinning a tube filled with raffle tickets. She reached in to pull out the name of the person who would win a motorcycle that belonged to her husband, former Idaho Gov. Dirk Kempthorne.


Recent TV News About USS IDAHO
June 11th, 2021

USS Idaho Commissioning Committee works to help the crew of the Navy's next nuclear submarine.


Construction is underway for a new Navy vessel named USS Idaho, the first in 100 years
June 11th, 2021

Construction is underway for a new Navy vessel named USS Idaho, the first in 100 years.


USS Idaho Events


Idaho Defense Alliance Raffle of Governor Kempthorne’s 2007 Harley Davidson FLSTN Softail Deluxe

Idaho Defense Alliance Raffle of Governor Kempthorne’s 2007 Harley Davidson FLSTN Softail Deluxe
December 17th, 2021

Raffle was held on 11 NOV. Congratulations to Steve Nible of Nampa for winning Governor Kempthorne’s 2007 Harley Davidson Motorcycle.


USS IDAHO SSN 799 Crew Visit
August 13th, 2021

USS IDAHO SSN 799 Crew Visit


SSN 799 IDAHO Keel Laying Ceremony

SSN 799 IDAHO Keel Laying Ceremony
November 25th, 2020

Sponsor Teresa Stackley laid the keel of the USS Idaho at 10:30am, August 24, 2020 at the Quonset Point Facility of General Dynamics Electric Boat in North Kingston, RI.


Support Our Ship and Sailors
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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.