Pierre American Legion Hosting USS South Dakota Sailors

A brand new submarine named for South Dakota will not be docking in the Missouri River at Pierre, but some of her crew will be….

Pierre Mayor Steve Harding was appointed by Governor Dennis Duagaard to the USS South Dakota Christening Committee. As a part of that Committee, Harding says various crew members have made visits to South Dakota for things like the Custer State Park Buffalo Round-up and Sturgis Motorcycle Rally…

Harding says the visits help the crew of the South Dakota develop a relationship with the state they represent…

He says the five sailors will take part in the Governor’s Pheasant Hunt Friday and Saturday before departing for Groton, Connecticut where the South Dakota is going through final testing. The South Dakota will sail with a crew of 130 souls and will be equipped with 12 Tomahawk Cruise missiles and torpedoes. The radar can detect vessels up to 3000 miles away.