USS New Hampshire Sailors Present State Flag Flown at the Arctic at Fenway Park
BOSTON – The Commanding Officer and several Sailors assigned to Virginia-class attack submarine USS New Hampshire (SSN 778) walked the turf at Fenway when they participated in pre-game activities to honor their boat at the Boston Red Sox game, July 27.
As a token to the boat’s New England roots, Cmdr. John McGunnigle, commanding officer, USS New Hampshire presented Sam Kennedy, executive officer with the Boston Red Sox their namesake state’s flag to fly over the park during the game.
McGunnigle is not only a native of Boston, but hails from a baseball family. “My great grandfather William ‘Gunner’ McGunnigle played in the major leagues and managed the Brooklyn Bridegrooms (Dodgers) to two pennants and a tie in the World Series. They were the first team in any professional sports league to win two back-to-back championships.”
He added that he was also famous for being the first catcher to wear a glove in a baseball game. As a token to generations past, McGunnigle is pleased with the support the team has shown to his boat and crew.
“I hail from a baseball family and as a token of respect to my lineage it gives me great honor to have members of my crew present here today at Fenway to fly the state flag of New Hampshire that was flown over the submarine USS New Hampshire in the Arctic,” said McGunnigle.
USS New Hampshire was the first Virginia-class submarine to participate in an Ice Exercise 2011. Seawolf-class submarine USS Connecticut (SSN 22) also participated in the exercises in the Arctic Ocean. Submarines have conducted under-ice operations in the Arctic regions in support of inter-fleet transit, training, cooperative allied engagements and operations for more than 50 years.
The Naval Submarine School Silver Dolphins color guard accompanied the USS New Hampshire Sailors and performed before the New England crowd.
USS New Hampshire was delivered to the Navy Aug. 28, 2008, and then 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.