(Left to right) Ada County Commissioner Rick Yzaguirre, Boise Mayor Dave Bieter, Ada County Commissioner Dave Case, U.S. Naval Secretary Ray Mabus and Idaho Lieutenant Governor Brad Little.
Yes, Idaho is land-locked but the Gem State has had a long standing tradition in the U.S. Navy - of Idaho's 167,000 veterans, many have worn the uniform and served in the largest and most powerful navy on the planet. With that in mind, the U.S. Secretary of the Navy Ray Mabus, himself a surface warfare officer in the 1970s (and former Mississippi Governor and U.S. Ambassador to Saudi Arabia) came to Boise August 22nd to announce the naming of a new Virginia-Class submarine as the USS Idaho.
Mabus was joined by Idaho Lieutenant Governor Brad Little, Boise Mayor Dave Bieter and Ada County Commissioners Dave Case and Rick Yzaguirre for the unveiling at the Western Idaho Fairgrounds. Also in attendance were Congressional Medal of Honor recipient Captain Art Jackson and retired 4-star Admiral Archie Clemins, both longtime Boise residents.
Virginia-Class subs, 7,800-tons and 377-feet in length. feature state-of-the-art stealth and surveillance and are able able to fire Tomahawk cruise missiles at on-shore targets and can travel at 25 knots submerged.
The new USS Idaho is the fifth naval vessel to bear the name. The first was an 1864 steam sloop that served as a hospital ship. The second was a 1905 battleship; the third a 1917 motorboat and the fourth a World War II New Mexico-class battleship.
Ada County Commissioners Yzaguirre and Case joined Secretary of the U.S. Navy Ray Mabus, Lt. Governor Brad Little, and Mayor Dave Bieter, as Secretary Mabus announced the Navy’s newest nuclear power fast attack submarine (SSN 799) is being named the USS IDAHO! The announcement was made at the Western Idaho Fair Spectra stage. Secretary Mabus indicated this is the first time in almost 100 years that a ship is being named for Idaho.
Upending Obama's climate change legacy, the Oscar "secret meeting," a "horrifying" airport security check, the Idaho Legislature gets ready to adjourn, a Gooding County cockfight and some ideas for Donald Trump's next book.
"Now it is time for the City of Boise, CCDC, and GBAD to do the same in keeping with our commitment to preserve and enhance the quality of life Boisean’s cherish as we grow and seek new economic development opportunities."
Zane Fields was convicted and sentenced to death in July 1990 after prosecutors said he fatally stabbed a woman in the neck while stealing $50 from the Wishing Well Gift Shop in Boise in February 1988.