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Wednesday, December 16, 2009

USS New Mexico SSN 779

The USS NEW MEXICO has been christened and is now waterborne. The next construction event will be her commissioning as a United States Navy submarine. It is anticipated that NEW MEXICO commissioning will be held in March 2010 at the Norfolk Naval Base in Virginia.
As the host state, New Mexico has many responsibilities in making sure the commissioning is a world-class event. While the Navy supplies the submarine, crew, and pier, the rest is up to the state’s Commissioning Committee. The USS New Mexico Commissioning Committee is part of the Navy League’s New Mexico Council. It is this committee that led the five year statewide grassroots initiative to have the sixth Virginia-class submarine named NEW MEXICO. It has been involved in construction milestone ceremonies and crew support activities for the past four years.
The events that the Commissioning Committee is responsible for include a crew party, a luncheon for the Ship’s Sponsor, the CO’s Reception & Dinner, a breakfast for the platform briefing, and a post-commissioning reception. The expense for these events must be borne by the Commissioning Committee. In order to raise funds for these events the committee is seeking contributions. Contributions over a wide range are being sought. Go to Commissioning Contributions for more information.
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