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Commander, Submarine Group Two


 
 
 
USS Virginia and USS San Juan Sailors Compete in 3-on-3 Basketball Tournament
 
PORTSMOUTH, N.H. - Crewmembers from the fast attack submarines USS Virginia (SSN 774) and USS San Juan (SSN 751) took part in a Portsmouth, N.H. police department 3-on-3 basketball tournament on Aug. 10.
 
After five hard fought games, the combined team of Virginia and San Juan Sailors emerged victorious in the round-robin tournament.
 
The Sailors initially started off slow, losing their first game to the police department’s gold team, but then found their rhythm and won four straight, including two rematches against the gold team.
 
“These were good games,” said Yeoman 2nd Class (SS) Marlon Baltimore, one of the participants, “I love Portsmouth.”
 
Portsmouth is the host community of the USS Virginia during her first-of-its-class major maintenance availability.
 
The tournament was the most recent in a series of events and gatherings between the USS Virginia and Portsmouth, including Veteran’s Day and Memorial Day parades, and an upcoming Clam Bake.
 
When asked about the relationship between the USS Virginia and Portsmouth, Electronics Technician 1st Class (SS) Erik White said “It’s awesome; this is the best relationship I have ever seen between an area and a submarine.”
 
Virginia is the sixth ship named for the Commonwealth of Virginia, and the first-in-class of the Navy’s newest nuclear powered fast-attack submarines.