Check out the USS New Hampshire, the U.S. Navy’s newest attack submarine. Read about its christening and see photos and a video below.

The newest attack submarine in the U.S. Navy fleet was christened on Saturday, June 21, 2008. It was completed at $54m under budget and eight months ahead of schedule. It was christened by Cheryl McGuinness, the widow of Thomas McGuinness who was the co-pilot of American Airlines Flight 11 that was flown into the World Trade Center in the attacks on America of September 11, 2001.

“I believe I’m looking at heroes,” Cheryl McGuinness of Portsmouth, N.H., said, looking at the ship’s crew. “You all are my heroes.”

Thousands attended the christening, including Naval officials and members of Congress. The submarine was built by Connecticut’s General Dynamics Electric Boat and Virgina-based Northrop Grumman Shipbuilding. She is a 7,800-ton, 337-foot nuclear-powered submarine and will have a crew of 134.

Admiral Kirkland Donald, director of naval reactors, stated that she will carry on the seafaring legacy of the three Navy vessels that have carried the name of New Hampshire before her.

The submarine will begin sea trials this summer and will be commissioned on October 18, 2008 at the Portsmouth Naval Shipyard in Kittery, Maine.

Just so you know ….

Attack submarines are one of the two major types of submarines in the U.S. Navy. The other type is ballistic missile submarines. They are all nuclear powered.

Ballistic submarines have strategic missions which is to carry nuclear submarine-launched ballistic missiles. Attack submarines have tactical missions that include sinking ships and submarines, launching cruise missiles and gathering intelligence.

My, but don’t we have a magnificent military. Our firepower is second to none!

USS New Hampshire – Video