GROTON, Conn. (WTNH) — USS New Mexico will return to its homeport at Naval Submarine Base New London on Friday.
The Virginia-class attack submarine will return from a regularly scheduled deployment under the command of Cmdr. Todd Moore. USS New Mexico is returning from the European Command Area of Responsibility where the crew executed the Chief of Naval Operation’s Maritime Strategy in supporting national security interests and Maritime Security Operations.
The submarine traveled more than 36,000 nautical miles, which is equivalent to circumnavigating the globe one-and-two-third times. Port visits included Haakonsvern, Norway; Rota, Spain; and Faslane, Scotland.
The second Navy vessel to be named for the 47th state, the USS New Mexico was commissioned on March 27, 2010 in Norfolk, Va. as the submarine force’s sixth Virginia-class ship.
The USS New Mexico is the most modern and sophisticated attack submarine in the world, enabling five of the six Navy maritime strategy core capabilities: sea control, power projection, forward presence, maritime security, and deterrence. The ship’s multi-mission platformed is designed to carry out the seven core competencies of the submarine force: anti-submarine warfare, anti-surface warfare, delivery of special operations forces, strike warfare, irregular warfare, intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance and mine warfare.
The ship is 377-feet long, has a 34-foot beam, able to dive in depths greater than 800-feet and operates at speeds in excess of 25 knots submerged.