Tuesday, August 13, 2013

Virginia-Class Submarine Docks in Connecticut: Why Is This News in NM?

Because she's the USS New Mexico and she just completed her inaugural deployment.

 According to a news release from the U.S. Navy, the attack sub traveled more than 34,000 miles over six months while conducting national security operations in the European region.

"New Mexico's performance on her inaugural deployment was exemplary," said Commander George Perez. "I could not be more proud of the way the crew, families, friends and supporters of New Mexico came together over this last year to make this first deployment a success." 

It was the first deployment for more 70 percent of the boat's crew members, the Navy said.

The sub visited three ports while deployed:  Haakonsvern, Norway; Faslane, Scotland; and Rota, Spain.

USS New Mexico was commissioned March 27, 2010 and is the second Navy vessel to be named for the Land of Enchantment.

"Virginia-class" refers to a classification of American nuclear-powered submarines that are considered a less expensive alternative to the Seawolf-class attack subs.