Official poem for commissioning of USS South Dakota SSN-790 announced

PIERRE — In anticipation of the commissioning of the USS South Dakota submarine on Feb. 2 in Groton, Conn., former Gov. Dennis Daugaard released the poem commissioned to honor the vessel and her crew.   

“I’m proud of those who serve this nation and who will take the proud name of South Dakota across the seas representing and defending all Americans,” he said. “This poem is a unique way to commemorate the submarine’s commissioning and honor the service of those aboard.” 

The poem was written by Brian Hagg of Rapid City to commemorate the historic event.  

“My goal was to honor those who will serve on board the South Dakota. I also want to recognize the proud tradition of Naval service by men and women throughout our state’s history and those that will soon take this great warship to sea” said Hagg. 

The poem will be read by Mr. Hagg at the event and presented to the crew for display aboard the submarine. Few commissioned vessels have been so honored with an original composition.

The nation’s newest attack submarine, USS South Dakota (SSN-790) will be commissioned in the time-honored tradition of the U.S. Navy by “bringing the ship to life” on Feb. 2.  In attendance will be past and present state and federal elected officials as well as representatives of Native American tribes, veterans and dignitaries. The USS South Dakota is expected to serve our nation for over 30 years.

For more information on the poem or the ship’s commissioning visit SSN790.ORG or contact Ron Hill at (605) 381-0258 or

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