Modules in Transit
Hull section 1B (shown in the two pictures below) arrived at Newport News from General Dynamics Electric Boat via Sea-Shuttle in 2006. This section later received the sail. Visible topside are housing supports for a portion of the towed sonar array which runs along the starboard deck. Also visible is the access hatch to the bridge. Section 1B was welded to 1A (bow section) in June 2006.
The aircraft carrier in the background is USS ENTERPRISE CVN-65, our nation’s first nuclear-powered carrier. Ironically, PCU NEW MEXICO’s first Commanding Officer, CAPT Robert Dain, is now the Operations Officer for the Enterprise Strike Group.
NEW MEXICO ’s so-called super-module, or hull section 2B/5, arrived at Newport News from General Dynamics Electric Boat via Sea-Shuttle in March 2008. This long straight mid-section of the hull was all that was needed to complete NEW MEXICO’s pressure hull. Section 2B/5 houses the berthing compartments, galley, wardroom, control room, torpedo room, SEAL lockout trunk and auxiliary machinery spaces.
One can determine which end is forward in these photos by remembering that the towed array housing topside is on the starboard or right side of the hull. These modules were transported on strongbacks and rollers into the Module Outfitting Facility where submarine NEW MEXICO has been assembled.