USS NEW HAMPSHIRE SSN 778
The contract to build the fifth Virginia-class submarine sub was awarded to the Electric Boat Division of General Dynamics Corporation in Groton, Conn., on Aug. 14, 2003. She is the fourth ship of the U.S. Navy to be named for the state of New Hampshire. The construction of SSN 778 began in January 2004.
April 30, 2007 The keel was laid for the PCU New Hampshire at GDEB’s Quonset Point facility in North Kingstown, R.I. The ship's sponsor is Cheryl McGuinness of Portsmouth, N.H., the widow of Thomas McGuinness, co-pilot of American Airlines Flight 11, who died in the September 11, 2001 attacks when the jet was flown into the North Tower of the World Trade Center.
June 21, 2008 The Pre-Commissioned Unit (PCU) New Hampshire was christened during an 11:00 a.m. EDT ceremony at Electric Boat in Groton. Cmdr. Michael J. Stevens is the prospective commanding officer. She is the first Virginia-class submarine to be built in four sections, a noteworthy improvement from the 10 required for the lead ship.
July 29, The New Hampshire departed Groton, Conn., for the first time, for Alpha sea trials.
October 25, USS New Hampshire (SSN 778) was commissioned during a ceremony at the Portsmouth Naval Shipyard in Kittery, Maine. This will mark the first time since 1996 that the U.S. Navy has commissioned two submarines of the same class in the same year. USS North Carolina (SSN 777) was commissioned in May.
May 15, 2009 The New Hampshire is currently off the coast of United Kingdom participating in multinational exercise Joint Warrior.
May 20, The Virginia-class attack submarine arrived in Haakonsvern Naval Base in support of 100th Anniversary of the Royal Norwegian Navy submarine force.
June 4, SSN 778 pulled into Rota, Spain, for a routine port call.
July 22, USS New Hampshire returned to Naval Submarine Base New London after a maiden underway period. She is the first Virginia-class submarine to deploy in support of operations in the U.S. European Command Area of Responsibility.
April 22, 2010 Cmdr. John E. McGunnigle, Jr., relieved Cmdr. Michael J. Stevens as CO of the New Hampshire during a change-of-command ceremony at Groton, Conn.
March 10, 2011 USS New Hampshire departed homeport to participate in Ice Exercise (ICEX) 2011, about 160 miles from the north coast of Alaska, near Prudhoe Bay.
March 13, 2012 USS New Hampshire departed Groton, Conn., for a scheduled deployment.
April 2, The New Hampshire pulled into HMNB Clyde at Faslane, Scotland, for a routine port call.
April 20, The fifth Virginia-class attack submarine recently arrived at Haakonsvern Naval Base for a routine port visit to Bergen, Norway.??
May 12, USS New Hampshire pulled into Portsmouth, England, for a three-day port call.?
June 11, SSN 778 recently moored at HM Naval Base Clyde for another routine port visit to Faslane.?
August 24, USS New Hampshire arrived in HMNB Gibraltar for a scheduled port visit to British overseas teritory.
September 13, USS New Hampshire returned to homeport after a six-month deployment in the U.S. 6th Fleet Area of Responsibility.
December 17, Cmdr. Sean D. Fujimoto relieved Cmdr. John E. McGunnigle, Jr., as CO of the New Hampshire during a change-of-command ceremony at the Naval Submarine Library and Museum in Groton.
February 11, 2014 USS New Hampshire departed NSB New London for a scheduled North Atlantic deployment.
February 22, SSN 778 moored at Middle Slip Jetty (MSJ) North in HMNB Portsmouth, England, for a three-day port call.
August 13, USS New Hampshire returned to Groton after a six-month deployment. The sub also made port calls to Haakonsvern, Norway; and Faslane, Scotland.
April 13, 2015 Cmdr. Jason E. Weed relieved Cmdr. Sean D. Fujimoto as the 4th CO of New Hampshire during a change-of-command ceremony on board the sub at Naval Submarine Base New London.
May 4, USS New Hampshire moored outboard the USS Cole (DDG 67) at Berth 21 in Port Everglades, Fla., for a six-day port visit to participate in annual Fleet Week celebration.
July 30, Capt. John E. McGunnigle, Jr., relieved Capt. James P. Waters, III as Commander, Submarine Squadron (SUBRON) 4 during a change-of-command ceremony on board the New Hampshire at NSB New London.
October 20, The New Hampshire departed homeport to conduct routine training in the U.S. Fleet Forces Command AoO.
May ?, 2016 USS New Hampshire departed Groton for a scheduled North Atlantic deployment.
July 26, The New Hampshire departed Faslane, Scotland, after a routine port call.
November 9, USS New Hampshire moored at Pier 31S on Naval Submarine Base New London following a six-month deployment. The sub traveled 40,000 nautical miles and also made port calls to Haakonsvern, Norway; and Brest, France.