We are busy working our way through another week at the Capitol during the 2018 legislative session, but I want to take a quick minute to remind folks that today is a significant day in our state’s history.
March 14 marks the date the fast attack submarine USS Minnesota SSN 783 ends her historic first deployment at Naval Station New London, Groton, CT. Minnesota native and Vikings fan Capt. Brian Tanaka led the historic first deployment.
The initial deployment of a ship named MINNESOTA has happened only three times in our state’s history, as I noted during special recognition the House provided today on the floor. It happened in 1857, 1907 and, now, USS Minnesota is ending her historic first six-month deployment on March 14 having deployed in defense of our great state and nation.
As a Navy veteran, I offered a very special thanks to the families of the crew who serve our country as their loved ones are deployed.
USS Minnesota is part of the US Navy’s submarine force, traditionally known as the “silent service.” What she accomplished on deployment is top secret. What we do know is that our country is well protected by these world-class submarines and the outstanding men and women who volunteer to serve on them.
I will be back soon with more legislative news. Until then, enjoy the slow but sure rise in temperatures.