On Saturday, September 7th, I was honored to attend the commissioning ceremony of the USS Minnesota submarine in Norfolk, Virginia. It was a joy to share in this historic event and to show my deep respect and gratitude for the members of our military who risk their lives to keep us safe.
The christening of the USS Minnesota, when it was given its name, occurred October 27, 2012, in Newport News, Virginia. The commissioning of the USS Minnesota on September 7th, placed the ship in active duty in the United States Navy and gave her the designation “USS”, for United States Ship.
Construction of the USS Minnesota began in February of 2008. The submarine bears the motto “From The North, Power”, is 377 feet long, capable of speeds of more than 25 knots (30 miles per hour), and can stay submerged for up to three months at a time with capacity for a crew of 135.
Beyond the advanced technology of this amazing boat, I was truly impressed by the courage, pride and devotion of the crew members I met; they were truly inspiring.
No taxpayer funds were used for any part of my trip.
Today, September 9th, the governor called a special session of the Legislature to take action on the 2013 Disaster Relief Appropriations bill. The bill reallocated existing state disaster relief dollars toward storm clean up and repair of infrastructure relating to April and June 2013 storms in 18 Minnesota counties and passed the House 127 to 1.
Even though the legislature is adjourned until February 25, 2014, I continue to meet with constituents and answer correspondence. Please feel free to call my office at 651-296-4212, e-mail me at Rep.Pam.Myhra@house.mn or write me at 217 State Office Building, 100 Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd., St. Paul, MN 55155.
Representative Pam Myhra
House District 56A