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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 fall of 2023 and is likely to be commissioned into the Navy fleet in  the fall of 2024. 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


Crew of future USS Idaho (SSN 799) holds first change of command ceremony

Crew of future USS Idaho (SSN 799) holds first change of command ceremony
December 4th, 2022

Cmdr. Nicholas Meyers, the first commanding officer of the crew of the future USS Idaho (SSN 799), turned command over to Cmdr. Randall Leslie in a traditional change of command ceremony held Friday, Dec. 2, at Naval Submarine Base New London in Groton, Connecticut.


Collecting water for the christening of the future USS IDAHO submarine

Collecting water for the christening of the future USS IDAHO submarine
July 12th, 2022

MCCALL, Idaho — The U.S.S. Idaho is expected to be christened in the fall of 2023, christening is a time honored Navy tradition which marks the beginning of a ships life.


Daughters of the American Revolution celebrate the submarine USS Idaho

Daughters of the American Revolution celebrate the submarine USS Idaho
April 12th, 2022

The Idaho State Society Daughters of the American Revolution hosted a dinner March 26 celebrating the future USS Idaho SSN 799, a leading-edge Virginia Class nuclear-powered fast attack submarine. While still under construction, the USS Idaho will go into service in 2023.


USS Idaho Events


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.


USS IDAHO Public Events

USS IDAHO Public Events
June 29, 2022

USS IDAHO public events in June and July, 2022


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.

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.

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