The next two Virginia class submarines have their names. They will be the USS Minnesota, and the USS North Dakota. Congrats to the Senators and Congressmen from those staes who arm-twisted the Navy to get this great honor.
As I was writing this, I realized that there is a currently commissioned ship for every state I have lived in except South Carolina and Massachusetts. Of course, for the bubbleheads out there, most of our (old guys) training pipeline is covered by the USS Florida (SSGN-728), USS Connecticut (SSN-22), and USS New York (LPD-21).
Most of our home ports are covered by the USS Virginia (SSN-774), USS Hawaii (SSN-776), USS Georgia (SSGN-729), USS California (SSN-781), and the aforementioned USS Connecticut. Of states with submarines home ported there currently, only Washington is lacking a current ship. We need a USS South Carolina to cover all us old guys who were stationed in Charleston, and the current nuke school and prototype kids, and we need a USS Idaho for all you nerds who went to prototype out there (and to make Bubblehead happy).
So, I have Georgia, North Carolina, Virginia, Connecticut, and Florida and need South Carolina and Massachusetts.
How about the rest of you?