The future USS IDAHO SSN 799 Christening was held in Groton, Connecticut on Saturday, March 16, 2024.

Our past events page will soon have pictures of the incredible event!

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 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


Central Coast Veteran Recollects WWII Service Aboard USS Idaho

Central Coast Veteran Recollects WWII Service Aboard USS Idaho
May 27th, 2024

A few months before he died in 2013, Morro Bay resident Steve Pivarski recalled his WWII service in the US Navy aboard the Battleship USS Idaho with Tom Wilmer.


Sun Valley and Other Idaho Towns Played Outsized Role in U.S. Naval History Monday, May 27, 2024

Sun Valley and Other Idaho Towns Played Outsized Role in U.S. Naval History Monday, May 27, 2024
May 27th, 2024

EyeOnSunValley.com -- Idaho may be landlocked. But it’s still managed to play an outsized role in U.S. Naval history from hosting the largest unmanned submarine in the world in its waters to Sun Valley’s role as a convalescent center for Navy soldiers during World War II.


USS Idaho Cooks Surface in Ketchum During State Culinary Tour
May 27th, 2024

Idaho Mountain Express -- Though Idaho is landlocked, the state has a long history with the U.S. Navy. Some of the first ships were named for the state, and Idaho is the site of labs advancing military technologies and capabilities.


USS Idaho Events


Post-Christening Evening Reception

Post-Christening Evening Reception
March 17, 2024

The USS IDAHO Commissioning Committee concluded a weekend of christening festivities by hosting an Idaho-themed reception for the crew and guests at the Mystic Marriott ballroom in Mystic, Connecticut on Saturday evening, March 16.


Guests Enjoy SPUD Juice at Outer Light Brewing Post-Christening Celebration

Guests Enjoy SPUD Juice at Outer Light Brewing Post-Christening Celebration
March 16, 2024

Outer Light Brewing Company continued the christening celebration Saturday afternoon, March 16. Visiting Idahoans and locals stopped by to sample SPUD Juice, the commemorative brew created by Outer Light Brewing Company in Groton, Connecticut and Sockeye Brewing in Boise, Idaho. The brew was named by the crew and is called SPUD Juice: Special Purpose Underwater Drink.


Post-Christening Reception at Electric Boat Provides Warmth and Comfort

Post-Christening Reception at Electric Boat Provides Warmth and Comfort
March 16, 2024

Following the christening of the future USS IDAHO, guests were bussed from the christening site (the Virginia-class hanger near the water), to the Columbia-class submarine hanger. The hanger is massive and is built to hold two Columbia class 560-foot-long submarines.


Submarine Veterans Lunch with the PCU IDAHO Crew

Submarine Veterans Lunch with the PCU IDAHO Crew
March 15, 2024

Idaho Submarine Veterans and Submarine Veterans from the Requin Base in Pittsburgh, PA. and Vice Admiral Ron Eytchison toured the submarine base in Groton, CT the Friday morning before the USS IDAHO Christening. Then many Idaho and Requin Base Submarine Veterans had a delicious taco bar lunch with the PCU IDAHO Crew at the U.S. Submarine Veterans (USSVI) Groton Base—Dominic "Joe" Negri Memorial Club.


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.

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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