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Posted: 6/2/2010 6:42:18 PM EDT
Submarine New Mexico arrives at new homeport

Posted : Wednesday Jun 2, 2010 16:26:39 EDT
The Virginia-class attack submarine New Mexico arrived at its new homeport Monday at Naval Submarine Base New London, Conn.

New Mexico joins Submarine Squadron 4 to further train and test the crew, according to a Navy press release.

The submarine officially joined the fleet March 27 during a commissioning ceremony at Naval Station Norfolk.

Northrop Grumman delivered the sixth submarine of the Virginia class in December, four months ahead of schedule, but later than initial projections. Workmanship problems were found in the weapons room handling system in 2009, which meant that its original delivery date of September could not be met. Similar problems also were found on at least three other Virginia-class submarines.

New Mexico’s 70-month construction period, however, represents the shortest overall construction time to date of any Virginia-class submarine. The Navy plans to build 18 in the class.

The 7,800-ton New Mexico was built under an arrangement between Northrop Grumman Shipbuilding and General Dynamics Electric Boat. The sub is 377 feet long and has a 34-foot beam. It will be able to dive to depths of greater than 800 feet and operate underwater at speeds in excess of 25 knots. New Mexico is designed with a reactor plant that will not require refueling during the planned life of the ship.

The keel for New Mexico was laid April 12, 2008, and the ship was christened Dec. 13, 2008.

The battleship New Mexico, which was in service from 1918 to 1946, was the only other ship named after the 47th state. It earned six battle stars for World War II service, which included providing shore bombardment support for landings in the Gilbert and Marshall Islands, Guam, Tinian, Saipan, the Philippines and Okinawa.
Link Posted: 6/2/2010 6:50:02 PM EDT
Dude, OPSEC.





Don't tell Obama. He'll either cancel the program or give it away as part of a deal with Russians where we get nothing.






Link Posted: 6/2/2010 7:51:50 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 6/2/2010 7:53:12 PM EDT by hi_capacity]
Originally Posted By KA3B:
Submarine New Mexico arrives at new homeport

Posted : Wednesday Jun 2, 2010 16:26:39 EDT
The Virginia-class attack submarine New Mexico arrived at its new homeport Monday at Naval Submarine Base New London, Conn.

New Mexico joins Submarine Squadron 4 to further train and test the crew, according to a Navy press release.

The submarine officially joined the fleet March 27 during a commissioning ceremony at Naval Station Norfolk.

Northrop Grumman delivered the sixth submarine of the Virginia class in December, four months ahead of schedule, but later than initial projections. Workmanship problems were found in the weapons room handling system in 2009, which meant that its original delivery date of September could not be met. Similar problems also were found on at least three other Virginia-class submarines.

New Mexico’s 70-month construction period, however, represents the shortest overall construction time to date of any Virginia-class submarine. The Navy plans to build 18 in the class.

The 7,800-ton New Mexico was built under an arrangement between Northrop Grumman Shipbuilding and General Dynamics Electric Boat. The sub is 377 feet long and has a 34-foot beam. It will be able to dive to depths of greater than 800 feet and operate underwater at speeds in excess of 25 knots. New Mexico is designed with a reactor plant that will not require refueling during the planned life of the ship.

The keel for New Mexico was laid April 12, 2008, and the ship was christened Dec. 13, 2008.

The battleship New Mexico, which was in service from 1918 to 1946, was the only other ship named after the 47th state. It earned six battle stars for World War II service, which included providing shore bombardment support for landings in the Gilbert and Marshall Islands, Guam, Tinian, Saipan, the Philippines and Okinawa.


Can you imagine owning a car that never needs gas?

Link Posted: 6/3/2010 5:38:05 AM EDT
Originally Posted By hi_capacity:
Can you imagine owning a car that never needs gas?


More like a car that only needed to be fueled one time during its entire lifespan.

Link Posted: 6/3/2010 5:50:30 AM EDT
The Virginia class also features that new photonics mast instead of a periscope. I wonder if they can see in UV, IR, or other wavelengths and send that to multiple display monitors on the bridge.
Link Posted: 6/3/2010 6:03:30 AM EDT
Albuquerque?
Link Posted: 6/3/2010 6:18:40 AM EDT
Originally Posted By KA3B:
Originally Posted By hi_capacity:
Can you imagine owning a car that never needs gas?


More like a car that only needed to be fueled one time during its entire lifespan.



...and has a potential to meltdown in the event of a crash, or a retarded owner/operator. :)
Link Posted: 6/3/2010 6:21:03 AM EDT
Originally Posted By KA3B:
Originally Posted By hi_capacity:
Can you imagine owning a car that never needs gas?


More like a car that only needed to be fueled one time during its entire lifespan.



I had a car like that once.
Link Posted: 6/3/2010 6:27:06 AM EDT
I've always wondered if they could design a combat sub without the sail/conning tower.  What is the main purpose of the sail in a modern sub?  Can it be done away with?
Link Posted: 6/3/2010 6:37:25 AM EDT
Is the boat's unofficial motto "We're gonna go Los Alamos on your ass"?
Link Posted: 6/3/2010 6:51:17 AM EDT
What are its capabilities in oil well capping?
Link Posted: 6/3/2010 7:01:35 AM EDT
Should have built more seawolfs
Link Posted: 6/3/2010 7:05:08 AM EDT
Only 800ft?  I'm hoping the real number is considerably bigger and classified.
Link Posted: 6/3/2010 10:30:14 AM EDT
Originally Posted By crurifragium:
Is the boat's unofficial motto "We're gonna go Los Alamos on your ass"?


Sigline material.  
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