US Navy – Navy brings new $2.3 billion submarine to life in Norfolk

Virginian PilotNavy brings new $2.3 billion submarine to life in Norfolk

It’s been months since shipbuilders tightened the final bolts and completed the last welds on the Navy’s newest fast-attack submarine, the New Mexico. But the final piece didn’t fall into place for the New Mexico’ s new Navy career until Saturday, when the ship’s sponsor, Cindy Giambastiani, gave the order: “Officers and crew of USS New Mexico, man our ship and bring her to life!” With that cue, the crew of about 130 ran onto the submarine, marking its official entry into active service.