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Commander, Submarine Group Two


 
 
110808-N-PN306-001 MINNEAPOLIS, Minn. (Aug. 8, 2011) -  Prior to the
start of the Minnesota Twins game against the Boston Red Sox, Cmdr.
John Fancher, commanding officer, Pre-Commissioning Unit Minnesota
(SSN 783) presented Minnesota Twins manager Ron Gardenhire a PCU
Minnesota baseball cap with “skipper” embroidered in the back of the cap.
In baseball, the manager is also referred to as skipper. (U.S. Navy
photo by Lt. Jennifer Cragg/RELEASED)
 

Commanding Officer of PCU Minnesota Launches Logo Contest in Namesake State

MINNEAPOLIS, Minn. – The commanding officer of PCU Minnesota (SSN 783), a fast attack submarine, and several crew members attended a Minnesota Twins game to officially kick off a contest for students in their namesake state to design a logo for the boat on Aug. 8.

During the Minnesota Twins game a video coordinated by the Minnesota Navy League and created by Newport News Shipbuilding and the crew of Minnesota was played to a packed stadium of nearly 40,000. 

“The winning logo will shape the ship’s identity and be a part of Minnesota history,” said Cmdr.  John Fancher.

Prior to the start of the Minnesota Twins game against the Boston Red Sox, Fancher presented Minnesota Twins manager Ron Gardenhire a PCU Minnesota baseball cap with “skipper” embroidered in the back of the cap.

“While skipper is a nautical term used to address the captain of a ship; the manager is also referred to as skipper or the leader of a team,” said Fancher.

The logo contest sponsored by the Navy League’s USS Minnesota Commissioning Committee will provide an opportunity for students, ages 16-22, to win a college scholarship, if their logo is selected. The winning logo will be used as the primary insignia for a new U.S. Navy submarine named after its namesake state, Minnesota.  The winning logo will be selected by crew members of the submarine.

“We want Sailors to be proud of the Minnesota logo every time they put it on and have a good understanding of what that name means,” said Fancher.  “We are looking for students to help us design a logo that creates a bond between a world-class ship and the world-class state her name represents.”

One of the Sailors who was administered the oath of enlistment during a ceremony at the Minnesota capitol said she will submit a logo for the contest.  Samantha Matson, from Bloomington, Minn., said one of her hobbies since she could remember was drawing and later designing graphics.

“I have been drawing as long as I can remember, probably ever since I could pick up a pencil,” said Matson, who will enter the U.S. Navy in January 2012.

According to Navy Recruiting District, in 2010, nearly 1,200 people entered the U.S. Navy from Minnesota, of which 87 were selected for the nuclear power program. 

Under construction and set for delivery in 2013, Minnesota will be the 10th of a projected 30 Virginia-class submarines, a class of nuclear-powered fast attack submarines in service with the Navy. In 2008, the Navy announced it would name this tenth submarine for the state of Minnesota. The selection of Minnesota honors the state's citizens and their continued support to our nation's military.

For more information about the logo contest, visit www.ussminnesota.org.

Click here to view the video to promote the contest. 

 

110808-N-PN306-002 MINNEAPOLIS, Minn., ( Aug. 8, 2011) -  Prior to the start of the Minnesota Twins game against the Boston Red Sox, Aug. 8, a video coordinated by the Minnesota Navy League and created by Newport News Shipbuilding and the crew of Pre-Commissioning Unit Minnesota (SSN 783) was played to officially launch a logo contest for students, ages 16-22, in their namesake state to design a logo for the boat. (U.S. Navy photo by Lt. Jennifer Cragg/RELEASED)

 

 

110808-N-PN306-003 MINNEAPOLIS, Minn., (Aug. 8, 2011) -  Prior to the start of the Minnesota Twins game against the Boston Red Sox, Aug. 8, Cmdr. John Fancer, commanding officer, Pre-Commissioning Unit Minnesota (SSN 783) and members of his crew stand at parade rest while a video coordinated by the Minnesota Navy League and created by Newport News Shipbuilding and the crew was played to officially launch a logo contest for students, ages 16-22, in their namesake state to design a logo for the boat. (U.S. Navy photo by Lt. Jennifer Cragg/RELEASED)