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Friday, March 26, 2010

Navy prepares to commission newest submarine, the New Mexico

The Navy is preparing to commission its newest submarine.

The Virginia-class attack sub New Mexico is outfitted with the newest technology.

NewsChannel 3 was given a special tour of the inside of the ship at Naval Station Norfolk.

The boat is one of the first *not* to have a standard periscope.

"We're the first class of submarine that has a non-penetrating scope," says Commander Mark Prokopius. "Basically all it is, is a color camera, black and white camera, and infrared camera all mounted on top of the mast that comes out of the water. So it's just like looking out of your digital camera but that's projected on a screen down in the control room."

The New Mexico will be commissioned this Saturday.