USS New Hampshire Returns to Groton, Connecticut
The Virginia-class attack submarine USS New Hampshire (SSN 778) arrived in Groton, Connecticut, Aug. 13, completing a six-month overseas deployment.
New Hampshire departed Naval Submarine Base New London on Feb. 11 to conduct maritime operations in the U.S. 6th Fleet area of responsibility and made port visits in the United Kingdom and Norway.
USS New Hampshire is equipped to attack land targets with highly accurate Tomahawk cruise missiles, conduct covert surveillance and support special forces in addition to other warfare missions.
“We just completed a challenging deployment, demonstrating an incredible level of endurance. It would not have been possible without the ingenuity, hard work and selflessness of the men I serve with,” said Cmdr. Sean Fujimoto who assumed command in 2012.
The crew of more than 130 Sailors can operate the 377-foot-long vessel at depths greater than 800 feet and speeds in excess of 25 knots when submerged.
New Hampshire was commissioned in October 2008 and is the third Navy ship named for the nation’s ninth state.