The Navy and the Twin Cities Council of the U.S. Navy League unveiled the logo for the USS Minnesota nuclear submarine Friday in Minneapolis.
It prominently features a Viking whose helmet has a glistening North Star, a walleye on the hull of the submarine and the Latin inscription, "From the North, Strength."
The logo was designed by 17-year-old Jakob Bartels of Roseville, who was awarded a $1,500 college scholarship and an all-expense-paid trip to the USS Minnesota commissioning ceremony.
Bartels has a strong family connection to the U.S. military. He has a relative who designed the flag for the Continental Navy in the Revolutionary War as well as a relative who served on the USS Minnesota (a steam frigate) in the Civil War. His father flew Army helicopters in the first Gulf War.
The $2 billion USS Minnesota is expected to be commissioned in 2013 with a crew of 135. It will weigh 7,800 tons. The last naval ship named after Minnesota was decommissioned in 1921.