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Commissioning a ship is a big deal

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By Jay Miller

SANTA FE — Commissioning of the new USS New Mexico too place on March 27,  at Norfolk Naval Base, in Virginia.

Commissioning a U.S. Navy ship is a big deal. While the Navy provides the ship, crew and pier, it is up to the state’s commissioning committee to assure the commissioning is a world-class event.

The commissioning isn’t just a ceremony at the pier. It includes a party for the crew and families, a commanding officer’s luncheon for the ship’s sponsor, a platform briefing breakfast and a reception after the commissioning ceremony.

The USS New Mexico’s commissioning committee is part of the Navy League’s New Mexico Council. It worked for two years, with the help of our congressional delegation and governor, to convince the Navy to name its next nuclear submarine the USS New Mexico.

Since then, it has worked for more than five years to set up the commissioning and raise the money to pay for the functions. It is requesting donations of $25 or more from those interested in making this a world-class ceremony.

The state of New Mexico is donating two silver plates from the 56-piece collection of sterling silver by Tiffany which was given to the first USS New Mexico by the 1917 New Mexico Legislature.


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