PIERRE, S.D. -- State officials are inviting artists of all ages to design a crest for the new U.S.S. South Dakota.
Lt. Gov. Matt Michels says that when the SSN-790 submarine sets sail, it should carry a crest designed by someone who calls South Dakota home. It will be the first Navy vessel in 69 years to bear the state's name.
Entries will be accepted in four categories -- elementary school, middle school, high school and open class -- and prizes will be awarded to the top three designs in each class.
The nuclear sub will carry a crew of 14 officers and 117 enlisted service personnel.
Commanding Officer Ron Withrow says a crest provides the crew with an identity and serves as a symbol of mission and culture.