USS New Mexico Returns From Deployment, Makes News
USS New Mexico (SSN 779) returned from her maiden deployment today; here's a video of the return:
The homecoming even made the national news! I've always had a commitment to discuss submarine issues that make the national news, so I figured I should comment on this one. The story from The Day has this controversial line: "The deployment was the first for the vessel as well as for 70 percent of the boat's 132-man crew, whose median age was 20". I'm not sure that statistic passes the common sense test; I'm gonna have to throw the bullshit flag on that one. Are they seriously saying, with all the training Submariners receive prior to getting to their first boat, that half of them were still 20 or under? With the propensity of the people in the demographic for potential submariners to at least try some college before joining the Navy? I'll have to see an audit of the crew records to believe that one.
Oh, and an MM2(SS) from the boat proposed to his boyfriend on the pier.
Looks like the boat got port visits in Norway, Scotland, and Spain. About average for what was probably a Northern Run.