Watch the complete video of the Commissioning Ceremony from the US Navy and click here for media coverage of Commissioning events.


 Commissioned - New Hampshire (SSN-778)

PCU New Hampshire became USS New Hampshire as her 137-member crew "brought her to life" on Saturday, October 25. Portsmouth was selected by the Secretary of the Navy - after competing with two other sites - as the location for the commissioning of the USS New Hampshire, thanks to the letter-writing campaign launched by Dover schoolchildren to name this submarine - the 5th in the Navy's new Virginia Class submarine fleet - "New Hampshire" and thanks to the Navy's gold standard "New Hampshire" shipyard who built the first "New Hampshire" and continues a proud tradition begun, as Cmdr. Mike Stevens noted at the Commissioning ceremony, with Captain John Paul Jones.;

In a high-profile, tradition-laden event for the United States Navy, USS New Hampshire was commissioned at the US Navy's oldest shipyard (1800), the first Navy Yard to build a submarine (1917) and the Yard with a symbolic link to former Asst. Secretary of the Navy, later President Theodore Roosevelt whose birthday was originally chosen as Navy Day -October 27 and who earned his Nobel Peace Prize for facilitating the Portsmouth Peace Treaty signed here in 1905. As expected, the Commissioning on October 25th attracted senior Navy officers, Congressional representatives, special invited guests - and thousands of visitors including the crew's families. 

As the official hosts for the crew during the Commissioning Week, and for events leading up to that celebration the entire community contributed to making the USS New Hampshire welcome.

USS New Hampshire completes sea trials

New Hampshire (SSN 778), the nation's newest
and most advanced nuclear-powered attack submarine, has completed alpha and beta sea trials with
the same efficiency with which she was built. Click here for news coverage.

Support the Sponsors Who Support Our Submarine! See who's on board, including:

Teledyne D.G.O'Brien

FairPoint Communications
Wheelabrator Technologies Inc./Waste Management, Inc.
Lockheed Martin
Seacoast Media Group
Wal-Mart of New Hampshire
City of Portsmouth
All Metals
General Dynamics Electric Boat
Northrop Grumman
Axsys Technologies
NH Ball Bearings
Northeast Credit Union
Perot Systems
And the many local businesses and organizations selling Official Commissioning Buttons, click here for locations.

Why Support Our Submarine?

David Dunfee, Vice President and General Manager of Teledyne D.G.O'Brien, said, "The future of the Navy's undersea capabilities is embodied in the USS New Hampshire. As a Seabrook-based company with special expertise in that technology and a special appreciation for our state, the capabilities at our Shipyard and the strength of our Seacoast community, Teledyne D.G.O'Brien is proud to be the Marquis Sponsor for the USS New Hampshire Community Commissioning celebration." 

Chip Underhill, Marketing Manager New Hampshire for FairPoint Communications said, "The commissioning of the USS New Hampshire is a once in a lifetime event. There has not been a Navy ship named 'New Hampshire' since 1923. FairPoint is sending a clear signal that we support our submarine, we support the Shipyard that means so much to the families and communities of the Seacoast and we are proud to be a Presenting Sponsor of what promises to be a fabulous celebration here in Portsmouth."

"Wheelabrator and Waste Management are proud to be Presenting Sponsors for the community celebration of the USS New Hampshire Community Commissioning Committee. This celebration is special for we are saluting the officers and crew of 'our' submarine, the USS New Hampshire," said Mark A. Weidman, president of Wheelabrator Technologies. "Throughout both of our companies' history, we have been committed to supporting the communities in which our customers and employees work and live, and this is just one example. And what better way to give back then to stand behind the Dover schoolchildren who lobbied for the ships new name - 'New Hampshire.'"

"Wal-Mart in New Hampshire is proud to 'support our submarine' as a lead sponsor for the USS New Hampshire Community Commissioning Celebration," said Greg Sevinsky, general manager of the Wal-Mart distribution center (DC) in Raymond. "All of Wal-Mart's 27 stores in New Hampshire and our local DC have stepped up to help out with this great opportunity. We believe in giving back to our communities and those who serve them. It is a fitting tribute to our state and the men and women who have proudly served our country to help sponsor this celebration of the Navy submarine that carries the name 'New Hampshire.'"

Bob Schoenberger, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Unitil said, "Unitil is proud to salute the officers and crew of the USS New Hampshire, as well as the fine men and women of the Portsmouth Naval Shipyard who contributed their skills and labour in support of its commissioning. Our employees, and the employees of Northern Utilities and Granite State Gas Transmission who will be joining the Unitil Team in the near future, are proud to be a part of the New Hampshire history and heritage this vessel commemorates."

City of Portsmouth Mayor Tom Ferrini said, "It was clear (the Community Commissioning Committee) are trying to make the event successful and we believed the donation was appropriate given the positive influence it will have on the city." Councilor Ken Smith, who worked with Ferrini to bring the measure to the council, said "I am hoping that doing this will also encourage other surrounding communities with more (Portsmouth Naval) Shipyard workers to step up to the plate," said Smith. "It's a one-time event that will really show off the city of Portsmouth ... and the Shipyard."

Northeast Credit Union President and CEO Peter Kavalauskas  said, "Northeast Credit Union joins our Portsmouth Naval Shipyard community neighbors in saluting the officers, crew and families of 'our' submarine, the USS New Hampshire and is proud to join the Community Commissioning Committee's efforts to provide a world class welcome to the sub and visitors."

"As a member of the Seacoast community, Bid2Win is pleased to support the Community Commissioning Celebration in honor of the USS New Hampshire, her officers, crew, families and honored guests. We join in supporting 'our' submarine as host to a world class Commissioning Week," said Paul McKeon, President of Bid2Win Software, Inc.

"Emerson Process Management is very pleased to be able to make a substantial contribution to the community's fund-raising efforts. The USS New Hampshire is our submarine not only because it bears the state's name but also because the sub and the commissioning at the Portsmouth Naval Shipyard underscore how important the shipyard and the Navy are to the Seacoast economy, of which we are a part," said Emerson executive Chris Scales, Vice-President/GM Fisher.

"HP Hood is very pleased to support the USS New Hampshire Community Commissioning Committee and proud to add our name to the support for the families and crew of the USS New Hampshire, the Shipyard, the Seacoast community and all of New Hampshire that the Commissioning celebrates," said Steve Kaneb, spokesperson for HP Hood LLC

"CCSI Inc. is very pleased to make a donation to help the USS New Hampshire Community Commissioning Committee 'support our submarine.' We are proud to join in welcoming the families and crew of the USS New Hampshire, special guests and other visitors to our host Seacoast communities,"  We are very proud and thankful to all those who serve in our military. said Mike Moreau, Manager CCSI Inc. in making the announcement."

"Locally, the Advanced Engineering Systems Division of CACI helps the Portsmouth Naval Shipyard maintain the Navy fleet to perform its vital missions that help keep our nation safe. CACI is proud to step up to the opportunity to send the New Hampshire off, from her namesake state, in proper style," commented Wil Gardner, Director Business Development.

Pierce Atwood LLP Partner, Dana Bisbee said, "Pierce Atwood is proud to salute the USS New Hampshire, her officers and crew and our Shipyard as a Bronze Sponsor for the community celebration of the USS New Hampshire Commissioning. We extend a warm welcome to all of our visitors and to 'our submarine' the USS New Hampshire," said Dana Bisbee, partner at Pierce Atwood LLP in making the announcement. 

"As part of the host community of Portsmouth, we are proud to be a sponsor of this event, and want to welcome those who serve on USS New Hampshire, their families, the Navy dignitaries attending and all of the visitors who will come to the Seacoast to join this celebration of New Hampshire," said Erik Dodier, president and CEO of PixelMEDIA, Inc.    

Christening the New Hampshire (SSN-778) -- June 21, 2008

The  New Hampshire, was christened June 21st at the General Dynamics Electric Boat shipyard in Groton, Conn. -- 220 years to the day of the ratification of the US Constitution by the state of New Hampshire. 

Read the welcome letter from New Hampshire's Governor Lynch

and Resolution HCR15 passed unanimously by the New Hampshire General Court


10/19 USS New Hampshire arrived in Portsmouth 11:15 am
Click here for news.

Thru 11/2 Scarecrows of the Port Festival
Downtown merchants present first annual "Scarecrows in the Port" harvest festival, commissioning celebration and welcome to the crew and their families.

10/25/2008 US Navy Commissioning Ceremony, 10 am

10/27/2008 USS New Hampshire departs, 12:20 pm

Hosted By: BlueHost review site