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Friday, March 26, 2010

PCU New Mexico Being Commissioned Saturday

PCU New Mexico (SSN 779) will be commissioned at the Norfolk Naval Station at 1100 EDT on Saturday. You can watch the ceremony live via streaming video from the link on this page. Some more information, including pictures of preparations, can be found here. A Navy League website for the boat is here.

And for the crew of what will soon be America's newest warship, remember... the new guy has to bring in doughnuts for everyone on Monday.

Update 2236 26 March: Here's some more information from SUBGRU 2, and here's a picture of New Mexico's torpedo tube breech. Isn't it cute? It's so tiny!

Update 1333 27 Mar: If you missed seeing the ceremony live, you can still download and watch it here. (If that link, which pulls up the video directly, doesn't work for you, you can access it from here.)

Update 1454 27 Mar: Here's the official Navy report on the commissioning. Looks like Missouri is next, with her commissioning tentatively scheduled for July of this year.


Blogger ETCS(SS/SW) said...

You know, I loved my time on the boomers (616/640), but really would like a tour on one of these new boats. Just one tour and I could die happy.

3/27/2010 6:54 AM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Can you imagine if John Holland could see how far the pigboat has advanced?

This is one superwamodyne fly by wire Star Wars lightes bells and buzzers platform.

One comment noted by a very senior person is that "This aint no Mickey Mouse school bus ride."

Stay safe New Mexico. Good hunting.

3/27/2010 7:03 AM

Blogger soulsearcher said...

this is so effin awesome..yeah..just one ride of this boat..just one

3/27/2010 8:24 AM

Blogger Dana K said...

I'm so excited for my husband and the rest of the crew. The boat is a beauty!

3/27/2010 8:31 AM

Anonymous NHSparky said...

One ride--and NO field day. Then I could die happy.

3/27/2010 8:43 AM

Anonymous Bubblehead's Bedroom Mirror said...

"Isn't it cute? It's so tiny!"

A comment often heard in the Bubblehead bedroom!

3/28/2010 10:45 AM

Anonymous JoeMissile said...

OK, I'll bite, why is this tube so small?

is some kind of insert for wire-guided fish? maybe it's a jumbo counter-measures launcher???

3/28/2010 7:38 PM

Blogger Bubblehead said...

Ha ha. Actually, the Virginia-class torpedo tube is 21", same as all other classes other than the Seawolf and her sisters. As a Seawolf-class guy, I'm required by tradition to make fun of the lesser combat capabilities of the Virginia-class boats whenever possible.

3/29/2010 8:34 AM

Anonymous STSC said...

Funny that you'd poke fun at a TR coming from a Seawolf class.

Seawolf class TR are the worst in our Navy for keeping up - virtually a hydraulic rain forest...

3/29/2010 8:50 PM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Ah, but you can bring your warshots, 200+ days worth of food, and cram 40+ people into the Seawolf class TR.

Okay, the food overflows into the pways, and berthing, and the engineroom...

3/30/2010 8:47 PM


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