Date set for christening of USNS Bismarck

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BISMARCK, N.D. - The USNS Bismarck is ship named after the city and among the few with ties to the state.

The high-speed transport, being built in Mobile, Alabama, will be christened May 13.

Robert Wefald, chairman of the USNS City Of Bismarck Committee, said it is a noncombat ship.

"It's going to be able to carry troops and their equipment -- 322 troops and their equipment at a high speed. About 40 knots in the distance of 1,200 miles," said Wefald.

The ship will be owned and operated by the Navy, but will be run by a civilian crew. Wefald says it is a high-speed, high tech ship.

The USS North Dakota, a submarine, was the second vessel dedicated to the state and was commissioned in October 2014.