Company delivers New Mexico submarine to U.S. Navy ahead of schedule

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By The Staff

NEWPORT NEWS, Va. (AP) — The nation's sixth Virginia-class submarine has been delivered to the Navy.

Northrop Grumman Corp. said Tuesday that the 7,800-ton New Mexico was completed in 70 months, the shortest overall construction time of any Virginia-class submarine.

Becky Smart, the company vice president in charge of the submarine program, said the New Mexico was completed with 1 million fewer man-hours than its predecessor, the USS North Carolina.

The New Mexico was christened in December 2008 and is expected to be commissioned early next year.