She Floats

PCU NEW MEXICO was safely moved from the Modular Outfitting facility on 15 January and transferred to the floating dry dock.  On 17 January the dry dock was flooded to 22 ft where the ship was checked to be watertight.  This provided an opportunity to run the forward and aft low pressure blowers, the ship’s diesel, cycle the main ballast tank vents, and operate the engine room sea water systems using actual river water.

On 18 January, NEW MEXICO was moved by tug to moor at pier 6 at Northrop Grumman for her first waterborne underway.  The COB reports she looks great in the water!!!

To celebrate, the crew enjoyed purchased pizza and soda in the actual onboard ship’s crews mess area along with the shipyard providing cable TV for the crew to watch the Sunday football playoff games after mooring.

Watch the Video : ROLLOUT and MOVE

NEW MEXICO Rolls Out of the Construction Facility

Northrop Grumman Press Release:

Northrop Grumman Successfully Launches Virginia-Class Submarine New Mexico (SSN 779)   NEWPORT NEWS , Va. , Jan. 22, 2009 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) --

Northrop Grumman Corporation (NYSE:NOC) reached a milestone Jan. 18 by launching the Virginia-class submarine New Mexico (SSN 779) at the company's Shipbuilding sector in Newport News, Va.

"Launching a ship is always a proud moment for the shipbuilders and crew," said Becky Stewart, vice president of submarine programs for Northrop Grumman Shipbuilding-Newport News. "Our Virginia-class team has done an excellent job of achieving this milestone and furthering our efforts to deliver New Mexico eight months ahead of schedule."   On

January 15, shipbuilders used a transfer car system to move the 7,800-ton New Mexico out of a construction facility to a floating dry dock. Three days later, they submerged the floating dry dock and successfully launched New Mexico into the James River. Once in the water, tugboats moved New Mexico to the shipyard's submarine pier where final outfitting and testing will take place.

Cmdr. Mark Prokopius, Prospective Commanding Officer of the Pre-Commissioning Unit New Mexico, was on board as the submarine touched water for the first time. "It's great to get our ship into the water," said Prokopius. "My crew and I are excited about achieving this significant milestone, and although we know there is a lot of work to do, launch brought with it a sense of accomplishment, a feeling of being operational and renewed energy. We look forward to working with the shipbuilders to complete construction and testing and taking her to sea later this year."

New Mexico is the sixth ship of the Virginia class. With improved stealth, sophisticated surveillance capabilities and special warfare enhancements, it will provide undersea supremacy well into the 21 st century. The ship's construction began March 2004 and the ship's sponsor, Cindy Giambastiani, christened the ship during a ceremony held Dec. 13, 2008. New Mexico is scheduled for delivery in Aug. 2009.

Northrop Grumman Corporation is a leading global security company whose 120,000 employees provide innovative systems, products, and solutions in aerospace, electronics, information systems, shipbuilding and technical services to government and commercial customers worldwide.

CONTACT:  Jennifer Dellapenta Northrop Grumman Shipbuilding (757) 380-3558 Jennifer.Dellapenta@ngc.com

NEW MEXICO Afloat for the First Time

Pictures of the Rollout and Move:

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