USS New Mexico Back in Homeport

The Virginia-class attack submarine USS New Mexico (SSN 779) returned to its homeport at U.S. Naval Submarine Base, New London, from a regularly-scheduled deployment on Sept. 4.

Under the command of Cmdr. Todd Moore, New Mexico returned from the U.S. European Command (EUCOM) area of responsibility where the crew executed the Chief of Naval Operation’s maritime strategy in supporting national security interests and maritime security operations.

Moore said:

New Mexico deployed to EUCOM, operating as an asset in supporting Commander, U.S. 6th Fleet operations. We stood ready to perform all tasks when called upon.

During the deployment New Mexico steamed more than 36,000 nautical miles, equal to circumnavigating the globe one-and-two-third times. Port visits were conducted in Haakonsvern, Norway; Rota, Spain; and Faslane, Scotland.

As the submarine force’s sixth Virginia-class ship, New Mexico was commissioned March 27, 2010 in Norfolk, Virginia. It is the second Navy vessel to be named for the 47th state.

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