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|1.09k||Newport News Shipbuilding is teamed with General Dynamics Electric Boat to build Virginia-class submarines. Newport News Shipbuilding builds the stern, habitability & machinery spaces, torpedo room, sail and bow. Electric Boat builds the pressure hull, engine room and control room. Newport News Shipbuilding and Electric Boat each perform work on the reactor plant as well as alternate on the final assembly, test, outfit and delivery. The team has been recognized as the best shipbuilding program in the Navy.|
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|94k||Welder Rick Romyns begins work on a VLS (Vertical Launch System)tube for the New Mexico (SSN-779), June 2005.||Photo courtesy of Electric Boat News, June 2005.|
|380k||Quonset Point, RI., 19 January 2006, Electric Boat, Quonset Point employee, shows Secretary of the Navy (SECNAV), the Honorable, Dr. Donald C. Winter a piece of sheet metal he is fabricating for use aboard one of the new U.S. Navy Submarines being built by Electric Boat. SECNAV is in the northeast for a tour to familiarize himself with the construction, operation and maintenance of the U.S. Navy's Submarine Fleet.||USN photo # N-2568S-171 by Chief Journalist Craig P. Strawser, courtesy of news.navy.mil.|
|72k||Cmdr. Robert Dain, a native of New Mexico, is set become the first commanding officer of his state's namesake submarine, New Mexico (SSN-779). Dain detached 24 March 2006 as Submarine Squadron Seven's deputy commander for Readiness to begin the Submarine Command Course prior to assuming command of New Mexico's pre-commissioning unit in August.||USN photo by JO2 Corwin Colbert, COMSUBPAC Public Affairs, courtesy of csp.navy.mil.|
|62k||At present, New Mexico (SSN-779) is nearing 40% complete. Assembly is taking place inside NGNN’s 10-story Module Outfitting Facility (MOF) with New Mexico's bow pointed towards the James River near the mouth of Chesapeake Bay. In the MOF, hull sections are end-loaded with system modules which are powered up and tested before hull sections are welded together. Pictured here is the New Mexico state flag which is dwarfed by the 60-ft length of this cylindrical hull section. The forward direction is on the left side. This is section 7 which houses the forward portion of the engine room and the aft portion of the reactor compartment. New Mexico's reactor will power the submarine for its entire 33-year design service life without refueling. In this photo, section 7 is resting in Bay #3 but it will eventually be moved laterally and take its rightful position in New Mexico.||Photo courtesy of Northrop Grumman Newport News Corporation & text courtesy of ussnewmexico.net.|
|413k||Before tapered sections of the hull reach the MOF, they are fabricated in the Ring Assembly Building. Pictured here are two forward hull sections. Section 1A (on the right) is outside the pressure hull and houses the forward ballast tanks and 12 vertical tubes for launching cruise missiles. Section 1B (on the left) will be connected to 1A and contains the forward end of the pressure hull. The area with shiny buffed steel is where the sail will be attached. New Mexico's (SSN-779) sail is also under construction in the Ring Assembly Building. The bow dome, housing a spherical sonar array, will complete the forward end of the submarine.||Photo # DCS05-610-5 by John Whalen, courtesy of nn.northropgrumman.com / Northrop Grumman. Text courtesy of ussnewmexico.net.|
|72k||Construction of the New Mexico (SSN-779) at Newport News.||Photo # DCS07-118-02 by John Whalen, courtesy of nn.northropgrumman.com / Northrop Grumman.|
|30k||Another tapered hull section is the stern. Here section 9B is being raised vertically by the shipyard's giant crane for transport to the MOF. Shown in this photo are the aft ballast tank flood ports, special ports from which countermeasures are launched, dihedral (fin) connection points, temporary steel pads for resting on chocks and the receptacle for the rudder pin. At this time, sections 9A and 9B are welded together as one unit and are in their normal horizontal position at the far end of Bay #4 where machining for the propulsor (ultra-quiet propeller in a special housing) is currently in progress. The upper and lower sections of New Mexico's (SSN-779) rudder have already been installed.||Photo courtesy of Northrop Grumman Newport News Corporation & text courtesy of ussnewmexico.net.|
|714k||PDF of New Mexico's (SSN-779) keel laying ceremony at Northrop Grumman Shipbuilding on 12 April 2009. |
"The keel of a ship is its physical foundation. Yet the real foundation -- the spiritual foundation, if you will -- is laid by the men and women who take the raw material and craft it into a fighting warship," said Mike Petters, corporate vice president and president of Northrop Grumman Shipbuilding.
"It's the shipbuilders who breathe life into the ship. With New Mexico -- these shipbuilders are men and women from Northrop Grumman Shipbuilding here at Newport News and General Dynamics Electric Boat -- two companies teamed together to provide the most quality-driven and efficient product to the Navy."
|Photo courtesy of Northrop Grumman Newport News Corporation & text courtesy of northropgrumman.com.|
|163k||Newport News welder Kim Kerins welds ship sponsor Cindy Giambastiani's initials onto a metal plate during the New Mexico (SSN-779) submarine keel authentication ceremony at Northrop Grumman Shipbuilding in Newport News, Va.||Photo by Rick Thompson, courtesy of Northrop Grumman Newport News Corporation.|
|191k||New Mexico's (SSN-779) keel authentication ceremony participants included (from left) ship's sponsor Cindy Giambastiani; corporate vice president and president of Northrop Grumman Shipbuilding Mike Petters; U.S. Rep. Robert C. "Bobby" Scott (D-Va.); Newport News welder Kim Kerins; U.S. Rep Robert Wittman, (R-Va.); and New Mexico's Prospective Commanding Officer, Cmdr. Robert Dain.||Photo by John Whalen, courtesy of Northrop Grumman Newport News Corporation.|
|131k||Denise Peoples was among the New Mexico (SSN-779) shipbuilders and crew to sign a banner commemorating "pressure hull complete" on the Virginia-class submarine.||Photo # 189-5659, courtesy of Northrop Grumman Newport News Corporation.|
|172k||Frank Chee Willetto, a World War II Navajo Code Talker, gives a Navajo blessing for the Virginia-class fast-attack submarine New Mexico (SSN-779) on 12 April 2008 during the keel authentication ceremony at Northrop Grumman Newport News Shipyard. The keel authentication ceremony is a major milestone for the shipyard, showing the near completion of the submarine.||USN photo # N-7668G-043, by Electrician's Mate 2nd Class Xander Gamble, courtesy of news.navy.mil.|
|606k||Northrop Grumman Shipbuilding reached an important construction milestone May 18 when it completed the final hull welds of the New Mexico (SSN-779).||Photo # 189-5059, courtesy of Northrop Grumman Newport News Corporation.|
|99k||A section of the New Mexico (SSN-779) is ready to be transported by the Sea Shuttle to the assembly building.||Photo # DCS08-355-3, courtesy of Northrop Grumman Newport News Corporation via Bill Gonyo.|
|548k||Northrop Grumman christened the sixth submarine of the Virginia-class, New Mexico (SSN-779), 13 December 2008.||Photo # 189-5693, courtesy of Northrop Grumman Newport News Corporation.|
|342k||The ship's sponsor, Cindy Giambastiani, christens New Mexico (SSN-779). Also pictured are U.S. Rep. Heather Wilson; New Mexico's Prospective Commanding Officer, Cmdr. Mark A. Prokopius and Northrop Grumman Shipbuilding President Mike Petters.||Photo # 189-5694, courtesy of Northrop Grumman Newport News Corporation.|
|262k||The speakers' platform and part of the crowd after the christening and balloon drop.||Photo courtesy of S. Dale Hargrave.|
|266k||Northrop Grumman launched the submarine New Mexico (SSN-779) 18 January at the company's Shipbuilding sector in Newport News, Va.||Photo # 189-5818, by Chris Oxley courtesy of Northrop Grumman Newport News Corporation via Bill Gonyo.|
|343k||Northrop Grumman launched the submarine New Mexico (SSN-779) 18 January at the company's Shipbuilding sector in Newport News, Va.||Photo # 189-5819, by John Whalen courtesy of Northrop Grumman Newport News Corporation Corporation via Bill Gonyo.|
|432k||Crewmembers of the New Mexico (SSN-779) enjoy a lunch of prime rib and lobster tail, in celebration of crew move aboard and the first meal prepared in the ship's galley.||Photo # 189-6465, by John Whalen courtesy of Northrop Grumman Newport News Corporation Corporation via Bill Gonyo.|
|355k||The New Mexico (SSN-779) returned to Northrop Grumman Shipbuilding sector in Newport News, Va. after completing the ship's first round of successful sea trials on 26 November 2009.||Photo # 7632, courtesy of Northrop Grumman Newport News Corporation Corporation.|
|454k||The N.M. state & U.S. flags fly from the sail of the New Mexico (SSN-779) as the boat returned to Northrop Grumman Shipbuilding sector in Newport News, Va. after completing the ship's first round of successful sea trials on 26 November 2009.||Photo # 7633, courtesy of Northrop Grumman Newport News Corporation Corporation.|
|394k||The submarine New Mexico (SSN-779) departs Hampton Roads, VA on her Bravo Sea Trials on 27 November 2009.||Photo courtesy of Huntington Ingalls Industries via Bill Gonyo.|
|385k||An MH-60S Knighthawk from Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron (HSC) 9 flies alongside New Mexico (SSN-779) while George H.W. Bush (CVN-77) sails in the distance 3 March 2010.||Photo # N-3885H-317, by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Nicholas Hal, courtesy of navy.news.mil.|
|290k||The crew of the attack submarine Pre-Commissioning (PCU) New Mexico (SSN-779) stand in formation topside during a commissioning ceremony practice at Naval Station Norfolk on 25 March 2010.||Photo # N-7705S-050, by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Todd A. Schaff, courtesy of navy.news.mil.|
|346k||The nuclear attack submarine New Mexico (SSN-779) moored pierside during the ship's commissioning ceremony, held aboard Naval Station Norfolk 27 March 2010. New Mexico is the sixth Virginia-class submarine to be commissioned and will be homeported in Groton, Ct.||Photo # N-3154P-044, by Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Scott Pittman, courtesy of navy.news.mil.|
|789k||Retired Chief Warrant Officer, George Smith, departs the stage with other honored guests and speakers following the commissioning of New Mexico (SSN-779) aboard Naval Station Norfolk 27 March Smith is a WWll veteran and former crew member of the former battleship New Mexico (BB 40).||Photo # N-3154P-114, by Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Scott Pittman, courtesy of navy.news.mil.|
|111k||New Mexico (SSN-779) christening poster.||Poster courtesy of Northrop Grumman Shipbuilding via Bill Gonyo.|
|498k||The crew of the submarine New Mexico (SSN-779) pose with the flag presented by the state senate to the ship's company for the commissioning ceremony.||Photo courtesy of General Dynamics Electric Boat Company via Bill Gonyo.|
|233k||The attack submarine New Mexico (SSN-779) transits the Thames River to her new homeport at Naval Submarine Base New London on 1 June 2010. New Mexico joins Submarine Squadron (SUBRON) 4.||Photo # N-8750E-171, by Lt. Patrick Evans, courtesy of navy.news.mil.|
|467k||The New Mexico (SSN-779) passes Ledge Lighthouse in New London Harbor during a personnel transfer while on an underway on 24 March 2012.||Photo # N-ZZ999-008 by Lt. j.g. Jeffrey Prunera, courtesy of navy.mil.|
|997k||Ice Camp Nautilus ; The submarine New Mexico (SSN-779) surfaces through the arctic ice during Ice Exercise (ICEX) 2014 on 22 March 2014.||Photo # 140322-N-RB579-390 by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Joshua Davies, courtesy of navy.mil.|
|483k||Ice Camp Nautilus ; Chief of Naval Operations (CNO) Adm. Jonathan W. Greenert presides over a re-enlistment aboard the submarine New Mexico (SSN-779) during Ice Exercise (ICEX) 2014 on 22 March 2014.||Photo # 140322-N-RB579-076 by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Joshua Davies, courtesy of navy.mil.|
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