USS North Dakota Submarine Returns Home from First Deployment

The Virginia-class, nuclear-powered, fast-attack submarine, USS North Dakota (SSN 784), transits the Thames River as it pulls into its homeport on Naval Submarine Base New London in Groton, Conn., Jan. 31, 2019. (U.S. Navy photo/Jason M. Geddes)
The Virginia-class, nuclear-powered, fast-attack submarine, USS North Dakota (SSN 784), transits the Thames River as it pulls into its homeport on Naval Submarine Base New London in Groton, Conn., Jan. 31, 2019. (U.S. Navy photo/Jason M. Geddes)

BISMARCK, N.D. — The Navy's USS North Dakota submarine has returned from its first deployment.

The military on Wednesday announced that the attack sub had returned to its homeport in Groton, Connecticut, after serving a six-month security mission in the European area.

The $2.6 billion, 377-foot-long submarine is able to launch cruise missiles, deliver special forces and carry out surveillance. It's the first Navy vessel to carry the name North Dakota in a century. It was commissioned in 2014.

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