In order to establish a connection with the Northwest Natives of the Salish Sea, the Commissioning Committee solicited the design and construction of a Dolphin presentation case crafted by master carver Samuel L White of the Lower Elwa S’Kallam Tribe.
The inititial batch of invitations are in the mail. Excitement is building for the Commissioning scheduled for October 7 2017 at 11:00 AM EDT. The ceremony will take place at Naval Station Norfolk Pier 12. Directions and parking instuctions have been included in the packets. We have setup RSVP@usswashingtoncommissioning.org to handle RSVP's and and facilitate commissioning questions.
The Commissioning Committee sought a uniquely Pacific Northwest Sponsor’s gift. The Committee commissioned, Lisa Stirrett, a celebrated Northwest artist since 1987 to design and fashion an original glass plate that incorporates the State’s famous Seattle skyline, majestic mountain landmarks, and the ship’s crest.
The Secretary of the Navy has approved October 7 2017 as the Commissioning Date for USS Washington (SSN-787) at the Norflok Naval Base in Norfolk VA.