PIERRE, S.D. -- South Dakota Gov. Dennis Daugaard has approved the appropriation of $100,000 to support activities related to the commissioning of a submarine bearing the state's name.
Daugaard on Monday signed into law a bill appropriating the state funds.
The money will go to the state's Department of Military to support the activities of the Commissioning Committee of the U.S.S. South Dakota. The committee is also expected to raise funds from the private sector.
The SSN-790 submarine is under construction and is expected to be completed in 2018. The nuclear sub will carry a crew of 15 officers and 117 enlisted service personnel. Its projected lifespan is up to 33 years.