USS IDAHO Christening Date in Groton, Connecticut has been set for Saturday, March 16, 2024

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Creating a Strong Bond between a Great State and a Great Ship...
Esto Perpetua

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.


Why does Idaho have a nuclear submarine named after it? Navy history goes way back.

Why does Idaho have a nuclear submarine named after it? Navy history goes way back.
February 27th, 2024

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.

USS Idaho To Be Christened

USS Idaho To Be Christened
February 21st, 2024

The U.S. Navy's newest Virginia-class submarine, the future USS IDAHO, will be formally christened and named on March 16 at General Dynamics Electric Boat shipyard in Groton, Conn.

Free Screening of "Idaho's Nuclear Navy" and Panel Discussion - Egyptian Theatre in Boise - March 11, 2024

Free Screening of "Idaho's Nuclear Navy" and Panel Discussion - Egyptian Theatre in Boise - March 11, 2024
February 20th, 2024

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

Idaho’s Nuclear Navy

Idaho’s Nuclear Navy
November 30, 2023

In the early fifties, the U.S. Navy under the leadership of Admiral Hyman Rickover was hard at work developing a nuclear-powered engine to drive submarines and aircraft carriers.

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

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 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.

IDAHO Public Television
Idaho's Nuclear Navy

ARD Bayview Video

Support Our Ship and Sailors
Support Our Ship and Sailors