Commander of Navy Sub Agrees with Wilmington

WILMINGTON -- The man who will lead the USS North Carolina Navy submarine into Wilmington says the city is the perfect spot for the vessel's commissioning.

Commander Mark Davis paid a visit to city hall just one day after the Navy announced the new nuclear submarine would be commissioned in Wilmington this spring.

Preparations for the event have already started.

The submarine is expected to be commissioned at the state port.

The ship is not being commissioned near the Battleship North Carolina because the Cape Fear River is too shallow at that location.

As for Commander Davis, he is familiar with Wilmington, he served as the Grand Marshal of the Azalea Festival parade and is looking forward to bringing his crew here.

"I saw how they opened up the streets to people and I thought it was the perfect match for my crew, they love to talk about what they do," said Commander Mark Davis of the USS North Carolina.

The exact date for the ceremony has not been set, but the Navy is aiming for late April or early May.

Reported by Joe Keiley