PCU Idaho Submarine


Commanding Officer

Commander Nicholas Meyers

CDR Meyers earned a Bachelor of Science in Computer Engineering from Virginia Tech. He also studied at George Washington University’s Graduate School of Political Management, and earned a Masters in Business Administration from Naval Postgraduate School in Monterey, California.

During an initial sea tour aboard USS COLUMBIA (SSN 771), homeported in Pearl Harbor, he completed a Western Pacific Deployment and the crew earned the Arleigh Burke Fleet Trophy for most improved Pacific Fleet unit.

Later, as Navigator and Operations Officer aboard USS ALASKA (SSBN 732), CDR Meyers completed four deterrent patrols as the ship twice-earned the Omaha Trophy for best performing strategic asset.

Ashore, Nicholas was a 2014 Legislative Fellow assigned to the personal staff of Congressman Jim Langevin (RI-2), and also Flag Lieutenant and aide to Vice Admiral William Hilarides, then-commander of Naval Sea Systems Command.

Returning to Pearl Harbor in 2016, CDR Meyers was Executive Officer of USS GREENEVILLE (SSN 772) before returning to his home in Vienna, Virginia, to the staff of the Chief of Naval Operations (OPNAV N97), Undersea Warfare Division.

CDR Meyers and his wife reside in East Lyme, Connecticut with their two children.

Executive Officer

Lieutenant Commander Rene Medrano

LCDR Medrano earned a Bachelor of Science in Nuclear Engineering from Oregon State University. He also earned a Masters degree in Applied Physics from Naval Postgraduate School in Monterey, California.

During an initial sea tour aboard USS WYOMING (SSBN 742), homeported in Kings Bay, GA. There he served as the Chemistry and Radiological Controls Assistant and Tactical Systems Officer, and completed 4 Strategic Deterrent Patrols.

Later, as Combat Systems Officer aboard USS JOHN WARNER (SSN 785), LCDR Medrano completed initial Sea Trials and executed all major milestones through Commissioning and the ship’s first Tactical Readiness Exam. Due to manning issues aboard the USS Norfolk, he also volunteered to serve with her during a CENTCOM deployment.

Ashore, Rene was a Regional Employment Officer assigned to the operations staff of Commander Submarine Forces Atlantic.

Most recently, LCDR Medrano served aboard PCU NEW JERSEY (SSN 796) as the Forward Department Head. There he helped establish the new command and support preparations for their first major milestone, initial fill.

He and his wife have two children.

Chief of the Boat

Master Chief David Pope III

Master Chief Culinary Specialist Pope was born 12 May 1977 in Portland, OR. He joined the Navy on 25 September 1995, completed Recruit Training in Great Lakes, IL, and Culinary Specialist “A” School in San Diego, CA. He then reported to Submarine Base New London for Basic Enlisted Submarine School.

Upon Completion of Submarine School, he reported to his first submarine, USS CITY OF CORPUS CHRISTI (SSN-705). In 2001, after completing one Mediterranean deployment, one UNITAS, and a refueling overhaul at Portsmouth Naval Shipyard, he transferred to SUBASE NEW LONDON for shore duty.

In 2004 he transferred to USS MEMPHIS (SSN-691) as the Culinary Specialist leading petty officer, and completed one NORTHLANT/WESTPAC deployment and one surge deployment to the AFRICOM AOR.

In 2008, he transferred to the Navy’s CENTER FOR PERSONAL AND PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT as an instructor/facilitator, teaching many different courses of instruction including Instructor Training at Naval Submarine School, and was advanced to Chief Petty Officer in 2009.

He then transferred to USS ALEXANDRIA (SSN-757) in September 2011, completed one 7 month Mediterranean deployment, then transferred to USS ANNAPOLIS (SSN-760) in July 2013 for deployment to CENTCOM.

In November 2015, he transferred to NAVAL SUBMARINE SUPPORT CENTER Groton. After attending the Senior Enlisted Academy at the US Coast Guard Academy and COB/CMC Leadership training at Naval Station Newport, he transferred to USS PITTSBURGH (SSN-720) as Chief of the Boat. After decommissioning PITTSBURGH, he was selected to be the first Chief of the Boat for the future USS IDAHO (SSN-799).

His personal awards include the Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal (four awards), and the Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal (eight awards) and various unit citations.

He is married with two children and lives in Groton, CT.


The crew will eventually consist of approximately 120 enlisted personnel and 14 officers. The crew will be mixed gender throughout many of the ranks. As of September 2020 the crew consists of approximately 35 sailors. Most of their current activities revolve around program development, training and qualifications in preparation for operating the future submarine.

New crew members are reporting aboard weekly.

There are four crew members that are Idaho Natives:

Lieutenant Commander Trevor Elison
Navigation Department Head
Hometown: Moreland, ID
High School / Graduation Year: Snake River High School 1997
University: University of Idaho 2009
Favorite things to do in Idaho: Fishing, Water Skiing, Snow Skiing

Senior Chief Machinist Mate Nuclear (ss) David Drury
Engineering Department Master Chief
Hometown: Kooskia
High School / Graduation Year: Clear Water Valley High School 1998
University: Thomas Edison 2016/ Currently attending Yale
Favorite things to do in Idaho: Snowmobile, hunting, fishing

Electricians Mate Nuclear First Class (ss) Andrew Leonhardt
Hometown: Nampa, ID
High School / Graduation Year: Meridian High School 2010
University: N/A
Favorite things to do in Idaho: Fishing, Camping, Floating the Boise River

Chief Machinist Mate Nuclear (ss) Dalton Jones
Hometown: Cascade, ID
High School: Cuyama Valley High School 2011
Favorite thing to do in Idaho: Dirtbike, offroad, camp, fish, go to lake Cascade.


The Crest of the USS IDAHO, has many features that ties the boat to its namesake state.

At the top of the crest can be seen a large cut opal, containing a vista of the sawtooth mountain range, with a grouping of white pine trees (the official state tree).

Behind the opal is an Appaloosa horse, the 1st of several Native American ties to Idaho and the official state horse.

In front of the appaloosa is the motto of both USS IDAHO and the state of Idaho, "ESTO PERPETUA" or "let it be perpetual". Which is especially true for a nuclear-powered warship.

Below the motto are an arraignment of five feathers. These represent the five different Native American tribes that call Idaho home.

The outline of the state can be seen, flanked by two steelhead trout. One gold and one silver (representing the officers and enlisted uniform devices respectively) with green (jade) and red (garnet) eyes. These are in reference to both the nickname of Idaho as the gem state and also reference the running lights on the submarine.Above and below each fish can be seen a stylized wave of water, this is to represent their journey to and from the ocean.

Within the state outline one can see the namesake itself, USS IDAHO, steaming from its acoustic birthplace, Acoustic Research Detachment (ARD) Bayview, ID, the US Navy’s premier acoustic research laboratory. (denoted by an anchor on the southern end of lake Pend Oreille. The Sub has a red rudder protruding from the water to serve as reference to LSV-2 Cutthroat, the quarter scale Virginia Class unmanned research model, operated at ARD. Just to the right of the sub’s conning tower is a reference to NPTU Idaho with a design made from an element of their unit patch. Until recently the majority of the US Navy's nuclear operators were trained here. Leading the sub into her mission swiftly and silently, is a peregrine falcon (the state raptor). Below the falcon are 4 silvers stars, one for each of the USS IDAHOs, and below them in silhouette is the most recent USS IDAHO, BB42.

The lower portion of the crest features the name "USS IDAHO" and "SSN 799" over a red, white and blue field. Bordering this to the left is a grouping of huckleberries (the state fruit) and to the right, syringas (the state flower).

About the designer

The crest was designed by Mr. Jason Watson of the Naval Nuclear Laboratory. With his other duties he has had the pleasure of designing 9 other Virginia class submarine crests. He resides in Ballston Spa, with his wife Katelyn and his daughter Sophie.

The Boat


The Future USS IDAHO SSN 799 will have:

Acoustic Stealth

which was developed at Acoustic Research Detachment, Bayview Idaho.

Nuclear Power

the original nuclear submarine propulsion system was built at Idaho National Lab in 1953. All of the nuclear training officers and crew from the USS Nautilus SSN 571 trained in Idaho.

An Estimated Cost of $2.6B

30+ Year Service Life


12 Vertical Launch Tomahawk Land Attack Missiles

4 Horizontal Torpedo Tubes capable of launching Mark 48 Advanced Capability Torpedoes and Tomahawk Land Attack Missiles

Special Operations

Integrated Lock In / Lock out chamber for Navy SEAL Operations Capability

Future Missions of the USS IDAHO SSN 799

Sea Control and Freedom of Navigation Operations

Sea Control 1
Sea Control 2
Sea Control 3
Sea Control 4

Land Attack

Land Attack 1
Land Attack 1
Land Attack 1

Anti Submarine Warfare

Carrier/Task Force Battle Group Escort

Carrier/Task Force Battle Group Escort

Carrier/Task Force Battle Group Escort
Carrier/Task Force Battle Group Escort

Mine Laying and Detection

Special Operations 1
Special Operations 1

Special Operations Control/Support

Special Operations 1
Special Operations 2

Anti Surface Ship Warfare

Anti Surface Ship Warfare
Anti Surface Ship Warfare

Intelligence, Surveillance & Reconnaissance

Anti Surface Ship Warfare

Launch/Recovery of Unmanned Undersea Vehicles

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