USS New Mexico Sailors Recognized at New York Yankees Game
NEW YORK (NNS) -- Sixteen USS New Mexico (SSN 779) Sailors were recognized at a New York Yankees game in New York, Aug. 15.
With a capacity crowd in attendance, Cmdr. George Perez, Jr., commanding officer, USS New Mexico and 15 Sailors assigned to the Virginia-class submarine attended the Yankees vs. Texas Rangers game and were recognized by the Major League Baseball team on the team's Jumbotron in the middle of the third and fifth innings.
"Attending the game is an outstanding morale-building event for the New Mexico," said Perez. "The officers and crew of USS New Mexico are sincerely grateful for the opportunity to represent the submarine force at the game."
Perez also thanked local Connecticut businessman John Ranelli, chairman and CEO of Woolrich, Inc., and a former submariner for providing the opportunity to attend the Yankees game, as well as the New York Yankees.
New Mexico was commissioned March 27, 2010 and was the sixth Virginia-class submarine to be commissioned. There are currently 127 officers and enlisted Sailors assigned to New Mexico.
The ship is named in recognition of the people of the "Land of Enchantment." The battleship New Mexico (BB 40), in commission from 1918 to 1946 and the only other ship named after the 47th state, earned six battle stars for World War II service, which included providing shore bombardment support for landings in the Gilbert and Marshall Islands, Guam, Tinian, Saipan, the Philippines, and Okinawa. BB 40 acted as the flagship for the Pacific Fleet during the 1920s. She was present at the Japanese surrender in Tokyo Bay.