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110928-N-BX435-018 Manchester, N.H. (Sept. 28, 2011) Chief Machinists’ Mate, Lee
McCann assigned to the Virginia-class submarine USS New Hampshire (SSN-778), assists
a patron in a mock submarine at the SEE Science Center during a visit as part of New
England Navy Week 2011. The interactive learning center promotes the understanding and
enjoyment of science, mathematics and technology. Navy Weeks are designed to
showcase the investment Americans have made in their Navy as a global force for good
and increase awareness in cities that do not have a significant Navy presence. (U.S.
Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Mark O’Donald/Released)

USS New Hampshire Sailors Participate in New England Navy Week

MANCHESTER, N.H. (NNS) -- Four Sailors from USS New Hampshire (SSN 778) traded life aboard a Virginia-class submarine for one week to participate in New England Navy Week 2011 engagements, Sept. 24 - Oct. 2.

New England Navy week 2011 gives area residents an opportunity to meet some of the Navy's Sailors and learn about the Navy's critical missions and its broad ranging capabilities.

"We selected four top Sailors aboard USS New Hampshire," said Cmdr. John McGunnigle, commanding officer, USS New Hampshire. "In the submarine force, our people serve as the backbone to our success and by participating in Navy Week New England we truly show what national treasures they really are."

One of the scheduled events the Sailors participated in was a visit to the SEE Science Center in Manchester, N.H., a hands-on science discovery center for all ages.

"The Sailors were as happy to work with the students as the students were to see them," said Peter Gustafson, development coordinator, SEE Science Center. "Something about people in uniform makes the kids sit up a little straighter. They are always eager to meet service members."

During their visit, the Sailors assisted with various science activities utilizing their background to cultivate an enhanced learning opportunity.

Earlier in the week, McGunnigle and members of his crew presented New Hampshire Gov. John Lynch the American flag and the namesake flag, which were both flown over the boat during Ice Exercise 2011, prior to the start of the 2011 Sprint Cup Series in Loudon, N.H.

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

New England Navy week runs from Sept. 24 through Oct. 2. The U.S. Navy conducts approximately 20 Navy Weeks each year. During a Navy Week celebration, the Navy concentrates a variety of outreach events in a metropolitan area for a week, sharing the Navy story with as many people as possible.

 

110928-N-BX435-002 Manchester, N.H. (Sept. 28, 2011) Sonar Technician-Submarine 2nd Class Tyler Cauley assigned to the Virginia-class submarine USS New Hampshire (SSN-778), assists with a paper airplane project at the SEE Science Center as part of New England Navy Week 2011. The interactive learning center promotes the understanding and enjoyment of science, mathematics and technology. Navy Weeks are designed to showcase the investment Americans have made in their Navy as a global force for good and increase awareness in cities that do not have a significant Navy presence. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Mark O’Donald/Released)

 

 

110928-N-BX435-009 Manchester, N.H. (Sept. 28, 2011) Logistics’ Specialist 3rd Class, John Hill assigned to the Virginia-class submarine USS New Hampshire (SSN-778), assists with a floatation project at the SEE Science Center during a visit as part of New England Navy Week 2011. The interactive learning center promotes the understanding and enjoyment of science, mathematics and technology. Navy Weeks are designed to showcase the investment Americans have made in their Navy as a global force for good and increase awareness in cities that do not have a significant Navy presence. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Mark O’Donald/Released)