USS Pasadena Crew and Families Receive 'New England Clam Bake' from Pasadena Foundation
NEW CASTLE, N.H. (NNS) -- The crew and families of the Los Angeles-class attack submarine USS Pasadena (SSN 752) were treated to a "New England Clam Bake" in New Castle by the Pasadena Foundation July 14.
USS Pasadena is currently undergoing an engineered overhaul at Portsmouth Naval Shipyard in Kittery, Maine. The Pasadena Foundation wanted to show their deep appreciation to the families and crew despite being nearly 3,100 miles apart.
"The mission of the USS Pasadena Foundation is to support the commanding officer in his efforts to promote crew morale," said William Creedon, former U.S. Navy captain and submariner, and current president of the Pasadena Council of the Unites States Navy League. "We wanted to recognize the efforts of the crew and their families while undergoing the overhaul."
Creedon added that the Foundation hired a caterer who specializes in cooking a traditional "New England Clam Bake." He added that the crew and their families will enjoy the clam bake, which consists of lobster, steamed clams, barbecued chicken, clam chowder, corn-on-the-cob, salad, and ice cream.
During the clam bake, Creedon presented a proclamation signed by the mayor of Pasadena thanking the crew for their service to our nation. Creedon added that the proclamation presentation helped to commemorate the day and served as a connection between the submarine and its namesake city.
"Today's event marks the halfway point in our 18-month shipyard modernization period. I thought that it was very important that we take time off to reward the crew for their hard work," said Cmdr. Luis Molina, USS Pasadena's commanding officer. "I am thrilled that the city of Pasadena could commemorate the event with a proclamation and honored that some members of the Foundation traveled here for the event."
According to the USS Pasadena Foundation's website their sole focus is to "extend world famous Pasadena hospitality to the crew aboard SSN 752 in appreciation of their dedication to the defense of Our Country and service to our Boat."
Molina added that previous namesake visits and support from the USS Pasadena Foundation on July 14 helps to maintain their strong relationship with the city of Pasadena.
"Despite being separated by thousands of miles and focusing on the arduous maintenance and preservation required to overhaul a 23-year old submarine, we continue to cultivate the strong ties that we have with the Pasadena Foundation and the City of Pasadena," said Molina.
Molina added that the crew has had a proud tradition of maintaining one of the most enduring namesake city relationships in the Navy.
"The crew is eagerly anticipating completing the overhaul and returning as a front line operational asset of the Pacific Fleet. The relocation will occur at the conclusion of our modernization next spring," said Molina.
Prior to her overhaul, Pasadena has earned repeated accolades and awards. Among these awards are the Tactical "T," the Engineering "E," the Navigation "N," the Deck Seamanship "D," the Damage Control "DC," the Medical "M," the Battle Efficiency "E," the Navy Unit Commendation, the Navy Expeditionary Medal, and the Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal. In addition to these prestigious operational accolades, the ship has also earned the COMSUBPAC Golden Anchor Award for retention excellence.
Pasadena, the third ship to be named for Pasadena, Calif., is the U.S. Navy's second "Improved" 688 Class nuclear-powered submarine.