Commander, Submarine Group Two

110729-N-5129C-070 BOSTON, (July 29, 2011) - New Hampshire Governor
John Lynch poses with a New Hampshire state flag presented to him by
Sailors from USS New Hampshire (SSN 778). The flag was flown on the
Virginia-class submarine during Ice Exercise 2011. Flags were also presented 
to the USS New Hampshire commissioning committee and the Portsmouth
Naval Shipyard commander, Capt. L. Bryant Fuller III. (U.S. Navy
Photograph by Lt. Jennifer Cragg/Released)

USS New Hampshire Presents New Hampshire Governor its Namesake Flag Flown over the Arctic

CONCORD, N.H. –  The commanding officer and several Sailors assigned to Virginia-class attack submarine USS New Hampshire (SSN 778) presented the namesake flag flown over the Arctic to New Hampshire Gov. John Lynch, July 29.

"You are doing a wonderful job and keep up the great work," said Lynch. "I'm proud that New Hampshire is attached to what you have done."

During their visit to New Hampshire, Cmdr. John McGunnigle, commanding officer, USS New Hampshire also met with members of the New Hampshire Commissioning Committee as well as visited with the Portsmouth Naval Shipyard Commander, Capt. L. Bryant Fuller III and presented each group a name sake flag.

In a similar token to his New England roots, McGunnigle and members of his crew attended a Boston Red Sox game on June 27 to present a name sake flag to be flown during the game. 

"The namesake state flag carries with it significance in that it was flown during USS New Hampshire's participation in Ice Exercise 2011 earlier this year," said McGunnigle.

USS New Hampshire was the first Virginia-class submarine to participate in an ICEX. Seawolf-class submarine USS Connecticut (SSN 22) also participated in the exercises in the Arctic Ocean.

"It's a privilege to serve this great nation and to share a part of history with our name sake state, the shipyard, where our boat was commissioned, and commissioning committee," said McGunnigle.

USS New Hampshire was commissioned at Portsmouth Naval Shipyard in Kittery, Maine on Oct. 25, 2008.  She is the third ship to be named for the state of New Hampshire.