Meet the Sponsor

Diane Donald

Diane Kerr Donald is a native of McKeesport, Pennsylvania and a proud, lifelong Navy spouse. Joining Navy life when she married her husband, Kirkland Donald, a Submarine Officer at the height of the Cold War, Diane juggled the demands of family and career along with frequent relocations and separations.  Ever busy with work and raising daughter Ashley, she always found time to support Sailors and their families at every duty station. 

Diane was a long serving member of the Submarine Force spouse organizations.  She actively supported, organized and ran charity events and projects to raise funds for the Dolphin Scholarship Foundation and other worthy organizations. In 2003, Diane served as President of Dolphin Scholarship Foundation and continued her passionate leadership of an organization dedicated to funding and awarding college scholarships for children of Submariners. 

In following years, she continued as an advocate for Dolphin Scholarship Foundation and the Submarine Force at large, and as a strong supporter for the civilians and Sailors of Naval Reactors.  In October 2012, Diane was awarded the Department of the Navy Distinguished Public Service Award.

As an engaged, compassionate, creative and ever supportive Navy spouse, Diane set a worthy example of selfless service and commitment to the Navy and the Nation for 37 years.   


Watch the Christening

On Saturday, April 29, 2017, the nation's newest submarine was christened during a ceremony at Newport News Shipbuilding where the ship is being completed.

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