Officer in Charge - Cmdr. Douglas Gordon
Executive Officer - Lt. Cmdr. Kristopher Lancaster
Chief of the Boat - ETCM(SS/DV) Timothy A. Preabt
Pre-Commissioning Unit North Dakota (SSN-784) will be a Virginia-class attack submarine.
The Virginia-class of attack submarines surpasses the performance of any current projected threat submarine, ensuring U.S. undersea dominance well into the next century.
The Virginia-class of attack submarines are the first U.S. subs to be designed for a broad spectrum of open-ocean and littoral missions around the world. They were designed as a cheaper alternative to Cold War era Seawolf-class attack submarines and are slated to replace aging Los Angeles-class subs, seventeen of which have been decommissioned.