PCU Idaho Submarine

Leadership

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 Darréll Smith


LCDR Smith earned a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering from the University of Maryland, and participated in the College Park Scholars program where he focused in Life Science. He later earned a Masters in Engineering Management from Old Dominion University.

LCDR Smith's department head tour was on the USS PENNSYLVANIA (SSBN-735), where he served as Navigator and Operations Officer. During this tour he completed 4 strategic deterrent patrols, and conducted several training exercises with allied forces to hone their combat effectiveness.

Ashore, LCDR Smith conducted a post JO sea tour at COMSUBPAC in Pearl Harbor HI where he worked as a Submarine Watch Officer, Tactics and Training assistant, and the Deputy Safety Officer. His post department head sea tour was at Strategic Systems Program located in Washington DC where he acted as the SP205 Strategic Navigator responsible for providing training and oversight to all of the nation's Strategic Navigators.

LCDR Smith and his wife reside in Madison, Connecticut with their two children.

Chief of the Boat

Master Chief Travis Skipper


Master Chief Skipper is a native of Greenville, South Carolina. He enlisted in July of 1997 attending Recruit Training at RTC Great Lakes, IL.

ETVCM Skipper reported to Submarine School followed by Electronics Technician A-school. In January of 1998, he reported to TRITRAFAC Kings Bay to complete IC Principles and the Strategic Navigation Operator course. Following graduation, he reported to the USS RHODE ISLAND (SSBN 740) where he completed 8 strategic deterrent patrols and was awarded the Battle Efficiency "E" twice for the ship's performance between 1999 and 2001.

Following graduation from SSN Electronics Technician "C" school in 2007 he reported to USS ASHEVILLE (SSN 758) where he served as the Navigation Leading Petty Officer, which saw him through to an advancement to Chief Petty Officer. During his short time onboard, ASHEVILLE completed a DSRA, Acoustic Trials and ECDIS-N Certification.

Master Chief Skipper then reported to USS HAMPTON (SSN 767) as the Navigation Leading Chief Petty Officer in late 2007. While on HAMPTON, he served also as Departmental LCPO, Command DAPA and the Forward Drill Coordinator. During his time aboard, he completed a DSRA, Acoustic Trials, ECDIS-N Certification, WESTPAC and CENTCOM deployments and awarded the Battle Efficiency "E" for 2008.

In December 2014, he reported to the USS OLYMPIA (SSN 717) as the Navigation Department LCPO. He also served as the Supply Department LCPO, the Torpedo Division LCPO, coordinated the CPO transition seasons, completed his Chief of the Boat qualification and graduated from the Senior Enlisted Academy. During his time onboard, the ship completed a DSRA, Acoustic Trials, 2 WESTPAC deployments and a successful HARPOON launch during a RIMPAC exercise.

Master Chief Skipper's shore assignments include NAVORDTESTU in Cape Canaveral, FL, an instructor at TRITRAFAC Kings Bay, and Naval Base Point Loma as the Assistant Operation Officer.

His awards include the Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal (4 awards), the Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal (10 awards) and the Good Conduct Medal (8 awards).



Crew

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.


Crest

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

Capabilities

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

Armament

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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