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USS New Mexico (SSN-779)

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USS New Mexico SSN-779, a Virginia-class submarine, is the second ship of the United States Navy to be named for the 47th state She is the second of the Virginia Block II submarines to enter service


  • 1 Construction
  • 2 Command
  • 3 Operational history
  • 4 Ship's crest
  • 5 References
  • 6 External links


Construction was awarded to Northrop Grumman Newport News in Newport News, Virginia on 14 August 2003 She is the Navy's sixth Virginia-class submarine, has one million parts and 140 shipboard systems5 The sub was built by a joint agreement between General Dynamics Electric Boat GDEB and Northrop Grumman Newport News NGNN5 Construction began in January 2004 at the Electric Boat Corporation, Groton, Connecticut and Quonset Point, Rhode Island facilities, for the construction of the straight sections56 The individual components were shipped to Newport News for final assembly5 Her keel was laid down on 12 April 2008, and on 18 May 2008 the final hull welds were completed7 She was christened on 13 December 2008, with Cindy Giambastiani wife of Adm Edmund Giambastiani the boat's sponsor, and Representative Heather Wilson 1st District-New Mexico the keynote speaker8

The boat was launched on 18 January 2009 and was originally scheduled for delivery in August 200919 The date of delivery was pushed back to November and the scheduled commissioning date was postponed to early 2010 after mechanical problems were found with her torpedo room weapons-handling system10 New Mexico completed builder's trials at the end of November 200911 and was delivered on 29 December 2009, four months ahead of the contract delivery date12 She was commissioned on 27 March 201013 USS New Mexico is currently homeported in Groton, Connecticut at Naval Submarine Base New London14


Commander Mark A Prokopius assumed command of New Mexico following her placement in active service on 27 March 2010 CDR now CAPT George Perez Jr relieved as CO of USS New Mexico in October 2010, before being relieved by CDR Todd Moore in September 2013 CDR Moore was relieved in January 2016 by CDR Dan Reiss

Operational historyedit

In February 2012, New Mexico rendezvoused with the Royal Navy submarine HMS Astute underwater in the Atlantic Undersea Test and Evaluation Center in the Bahamas for a series of war games Present on-board each submarine were the head of the Royal Navy, Admiral Sir Mark Stanhope and the head of the United States Navy, Admiral Jonathan W Greenert in an historic underwater meeting between the leaders of both navies

New Mexico undertook her maiden deployment from February–August 2013 She also participated in ICEX 1-14 from March–April 2014, becoming the second Virginia-class submarine to surface at the North Pole in the process15

Ship's crestedit

The crest of New Mexico was designed by Emilee Sena, a senior at St Pius X High School in Albuquerque, New Mexico Her winning design was chosen by the crew of the New Mexico out of 180 submitted from schools throughout the state1617

The design incorporates an image of a New Mexico sunset, representing the beauty that makes New Mexico the "Land of Enchantment" The Sandia Mountains are shown at the time of the day when they demonstrate why they are called the Sandias–their pink shade The red in the upper right corner represents the red in the US flag, symbolizing valor and the blood that has been sacrificed in battle The blue in the lower left corner represents the blue of the American flag, symbolizing justice, vigilance, and perseverance The Zia symbol represents the state flag, as well as the prominence of the sun in New Mexico The shape of the emblem is unique because it reflects the influence of the Native American people in New Mexico, the shape is a design that can be commonly found in Native American art, such as blankets and pots1617

The naval dolphins on the sides are symbols for naval submarines They shine with a white color because they represent the white on the American flag This color symbolizes purity and innocence The submarine in the center represents what the USS New Mexico is–a Virginia-class submarine It has a bow wave in front of it because it is in motion The people on top of the ship are naval officers, holding a flag The bird along the hull is a roadrunner Geococcyx , the state bird of New Mexico, known as a fast, agile, and fearless hunter The gold in the border symbolizes courage, prosperity, wisdom, and confidence: perceived qualities for members of the Navy1617

There is a nuclear symbol in the bottom left corner for two purposes, one to represent that the Virginia-class submarines are nuclear submarines and that a lot of nuclear development has taken place in New Mexico at Sandia National Laboratories SNL and Los Alamos National Laboratory LANL, and so this honors the people that have, and will contribute to the growth of nuclear advancements1617

In honor of those who serve aboard the New Mexico, the football players of New Mexico State University wore the crest on the back of their helmets for the 2010 football season18


This article includes information collected from the Naval Vessel Register and various press releases

  1. ^ a b Frost, Peter, "Submarine New Mexico Launched", Daily Press, 23 January 2009
  2. ^ USS New Mexico SSN-779 | Website of Submarine USS New Mexico
  3. ^ Ceremony of commissioning of USS New Mexico SSN-779
  4. ^ The ship's commissioning ceremony
  5. ^ a b c d Construction Status – USS New Mexico – New Mexico Council, Navy League of the United States
  6. ^ NavSource Online: Submarine Photo Archive: New Mexico SSN-779 – NavSource Naval History
  7. ^ "'Pressure Hull Complete' for Northrop Grumman-Built New Mexico Submarine" – Northrop Grumman Shipbuilding – 19 May 2008
  8. ^ "Photo Release – Northrop Grumman Christens Sixth Virginia-Class Submarine, New Mexico SSN 779" Press release Northrop Grumman Corporation 13 December 2008 Retrieved 2008-12-13 
  9. ^ "USS New Mexico & Navy’s Submarine Acquisition Program" – USS New Mexico website – PDF
  10. ^ McCabe, Robert, "New Mexico Sub Commissioning Delayed", Virginian-Pilot, 4 September 2009
  11. ^ Cavas, Christopher P, "New submarine on sea trials", Navy Times, 3 December 2009
  12. ^ Frost, Peter, "Northrop Grumman delivers New Mexico sub to Navy", Daily Press, 30 December 2009
  13. ^ Frost, Peter, "Navy Prepares To Commission Newport News-Built Sub New Mexico", Daily Press, 26 March 2010
  14. ^ Adams, Kathy, and Lauren King, "Navy Brings New $23 Billion Submarine To Life in Norfolk", Norfolk Virginian-Pilot, 28 March 2010
  15. ^ https://onlinewsjcom/news/articles/SB10001424052702304679404579461630946609454
  16. ^ a b c d Contest – USS New Mexico website
  17. ^ a b c d "Albuquerque student's crest design to grace USS New Mexico" – Associated Press – c/o Santa Fe New Mexican – 17 January 2007
  18. ^ NMSU Football to honor USS New Mexico

External linksedit

  • USS New Mexico SSN-779 website – New Mexico Council, Navy League of the United States
  • USS New Mexico SSN 779 page – Northrop Grumman
  • "USS New Mexico SSN 779" Naval Vessel Register NAVSEA Shipbuilding Support Office NAVSHIPSO 29 March 2010 Retrieved 18 April 2010 

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