Commander, Submarine Group Two

Cmdr. John Fancher, commanding officer, PCU Minnesota (SSN 783),
administered the oath of enlistment to eight future Sailors during a
namesake visit to the Minnesota State Capitol building on Aug. 8.
PCU Minnesota CO Conducts Oath of Enlistment for Eight Minnesota Sailors
MINNEAPOLIS, Minn. – The commanding officer of fast-attack submarine PCU Minnesota (SSN 783) will officially administer the oath of enlistment to eight future Sailors during a namesake visit to Minneapolis at the State Capitol building on Aug. 8.
The eight Sailors are slated to enter the nuclear power program after completing an eight-week boot camp.
“These young Americans are great examples of the Navy’s future: intelligent, motivated, and dedicated Sailors,” said Cmdr. Shannon Tolliver, executive officer, Navy Recruiting District Minneapolis.  “We are fortunate to be able to recruit in a state with an exceptional education system.” 
Cmdr.  John Fancher, commanding officer, PCU Minnesota echoed Tolliver’s comments on welcoming the future Sailors in the U.S. Navy and especially the nuclear power program.
“These Sailors are part of history today in that they share a bond with our boat when we officially kick-off our logo contest. Being from Minnesota they share a direct bond with PCU Minnesota and its namesake state,” said Fancher.
While in Minnesota, Fancher and several crew members are conducting other namesake related events. The crew will assist in officially launching a contest that will give Minnesota high school and college students a chance to win a college scholarship by designing a logo that will be used as the primary insignia for PCU Minnesota. The contest will be officially launched at a
Minnesota Twins game on Aug. 8.
The contest is open to students ages 16–22, runs until Nov. 1, 2011, and is sponsored by the Navy League’s USS Minnesota Commissioning Committee. The winning logo will be selected by crew members of the submarine.
During their visit to the namesake state, Fancher and several of his crew members will also visit the Minnesota State Capitol; meet with Minnesota Gov. Mark Dayton, as well as Senate and House Leadership from both parties. The crew will also attend a local Submarine Veterans breakfast prior to returning to Norfolk where the boat is currently under construction and set for
delivery in 2013.
Minnesota will be the 10th Virginia-class submarine, a class of nuclear-powered attack submarines. This will be only the third ship to be named after the state of Minnesota, with the last one being more than a century ago.


Cmdr. John Fancher, commanding officer, PCU Minnesota (SSN 783), presents a photo of the keel laying ceremony conducted in May 2011 to Minnesota Gov. Mark Dayton during a visit to the Minnesota State Capitol, Aug. 8.