USS NEW MEXICO SSN 779
The New Mexico (SSN 779) is the 6th Virginia-class attack submarine and the second U.S. Navy ship named for the state of New Mexico.
Construction began in January 2004 at the Electric Boat Corporation, Groton, Connecticut and Quonset Point, Rhode Island facilities, for the construction of the straight sections. The individual components will be shipped to Newport News for final assembly.
April 12, 2008 The keel authentication ceremony was held at Northrop Grumman Newport News Shipyard, for PCU New Mexico, nearing the end of construction.
August 1, Cmdr. Mark A. Prokopius relieved Cmdr. Robert Lee Dain as CO of the New Mexico.
December 13, The Pre-Commissioning Unit (PCU) New Mexico was christened during a ceremony at Northrop Grumman Shipbuilding, Newport News, Va. Mrs. Cindy Giambastiani, the wife of retired Adm. Edmund P. Giambastiani, served as sponsor of the ship.
July 28, 2009 A crew of the New Mexico enjoyed their first meal served aboard the Virginia-class attack submarine.
September 4, The commissioning of the New Mexico has been moved from Nov. 21 to early 2010 because of mechanical quality issues in its torpedo room weapons-handling system. The issues that prompted the delay are also found aboard USS North Carolina (SSN 777), PCU Missouri (SSN 780) and PCU California (SSN 781), in early August.
November 26, SSN 779 successfully completed a two-day initial "Alpha" sea trials.
December 29, The New Mexico was officially delivered to U.S. Navy four months earlier than its contract delivery date, completing the construction in record 70 months.
March 27, 2010 USS New Mexico was commissioned during an 11 a.m. EDT ceremony at Naval Station Norfolk.
May 11, The New Mexico pulled into Port Everglades, Fla., for a brief port visit.
June 1, USS New Mexico arrived at its new homeport of Naval Submarine Base New London at Groton, Conn., for the first time.
July 2, General Dynamics Electric Boat has been awarded a $51.8 million contract modification by the U.S. Navy for the USS New Mexico’s Post Shakedown Availability. The PSA, which will comprise maintenance, repairs, alterations and testing, will be performed in Groton and is scheduled to be complete by July 2011.
October 15, Cmdr. George Perez, Jr., relieved Cmdr. Mark A. Prokopius as CO of the New Mexico during a change-of-command ceremony at the Shepherd of the Sea Chapel.
February 6, 2012 USS New Mexico returned to Groton after participating in a joint exercise Fellowship 2012, with the Royal Navy submarine HMS Astute (SSN 20).
August 31, SSN 779 arrived in Annapolis, Md., for a three-day visit to U.S. Naval Academy to provide awareness of the undersea platform to future naval leaders.
September 7, Vice Adm. Michael J. Connor relieved Vice Adm. John M. Richardson as Commander, Submarine Forces/Submarine Force Atlantic/Allied Submarine Command during a change-of-command ceremony on board the New Mexico at Naval Station Norfolk's Pier 12.
February 13, 2013 USS New Mexico departed Naval Submarine Base New London for its maiden deployment.
March 1, The New Mexico departed HMNB Clyde in Faslane, Scotland, after a routine port call.
August 12, USS New Mexico returned to homeport after a six-month underway period in the U.S. 6th Fleet Area of Responsibility (AoR). The sub traveled more than 34,000 nautical miles and visited Bergen, Norway; and Rota, Spain.
August 30, Capt. Michael Holland relieved Capt. James P. Waters, III as Commander, Submarine Squadron (COMSUBRON) 4 during a change-of-command ceremony on board the New Mexico at NSB New London.
September 16, Cmdr. Todd D. Moore relieved Capt. George Perez. Jr., as the 4th commanding officer of SSN 779 during a ceremony on board the sub at NSB New London.
February 28, 2014 USS New Mexico departed Groton to participate in Ice Exercise (ICEX) 2014, 150 nautical miles north of Prudhoe Bay, Alaska, from March 19-30; The exercise was terminated on March 23.
April 11, The Virginia-class attack submarine moored at Shearwater Jetty, Canadian Forces Base (CFB) Halifax, Nova Scotia, for a brief port call.
January 13, 2015 The New Mexico departed NSB New London for routine training.?
September 4, USS New Mexico returned to Groton after a six-month North Atlantic deployment. The sub traveled more than 36,000 nautical miles and made port calls to Haakonsvern, Norway; Faslane, Scotland; and Rota, Spain.
January 8, 2016 Cmdr. Daniel J. Reiss relieved Cmdr. Todd D. Moore as CO of the New Mexico during a change-of-command ceremony at Dealey Center theater on Naval Submarine Base New London.
January 22, The New Mexico departed Naval Station Mayport, Fla., after a brief stop for personnel transfer.?
March 20, SSN 779 moored at Trident Wharf in Port Canaveral, Fla., for a brief stop to embark VIP guests for a day-long cruise.
May 2?, USS New Mexico moored a Pier 31N on Naval Submarine Base New London after underway for routine training; Underway again on May 25.
May 27, The New Mexico moored at Shearwater Jetty on Canadian Forces Base (CFB) Halifax, Nova Scotia, for a four-day port visit to commemorate the United States' Memorial Day.
July 8, USS New Mexico made a brief stop off Groton for personnel transfer after underway for routine operations; Brief stop off Groton again on July 19; Moored at Pier 32N on July 21.