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Crew of USS South Dakota to visit Mitchell

The crew of the newly commissioned USS South Dakota (SSN 790) will visit Mitchell on Thursday morning during their visit to South Dakota. The crew will be welcomed in by city officials with a breakfast social of coffee and donuts at 7:45 a.m. in ...

The crew of the newly commissioned USS South Dakota (SSN 790) will visit Mitchell on Thursday morning during their visit to South Dakota.

The crew will be welcomed in by city officials with a breakfast social of coffee and donuts at 7:45 a.m. in the lobby of the Corn Palace, and during their time in Mitchell, they will tour the Corn Palace.

The social is open to the public. Officers and crew members, led by Cmdr. Ron Withrow, commanding officer of the Pre-Commissioning Unit, will be available to meet community members. Also traveling to Mitchell will be Chief of the Boat YNCS (SS) Bryan Randall, ENS Benjamin Wallace, ET1 (SU) Isaiah Tuohey and enlisted sailor of the quarter YN3 (SU) Connor Stevenson.

The U.S. Navy submarine SSN 790 was named in honor of the state of South Dakota on April 13, 2012. Carrying a crew of 14 officers and 117 enlisted servicemen, the USS South Dakota (SSN 790) will be armed with two Virginia Payload Tubes, each capable of holding six vertical launch Tomahawk missiles. The missiles can hit on-shore targets up to 1,240 miles away.

The ship is powered by a nuclear reactor, which supplies an unlimited source of fuel for the entirety of the ship's projected 30-year lifespan.

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Following the event, officers and crew will head to Pierre, where Cmdr. Withrow will be addressing both houses of the legislature and attending the National Guard's Dining Out event.

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