USS NEW HAMPSHIRE is the fifth VIRGINIA - class nuclear-powered attack submarine and the third commissioned ship in the Navy named after the state of New Hampshire. One additional ship named NEW HAMPSHIRE was BB 70 but she was canecelled before her keel was laid. The submarine received its name after a letter-writing campaign by students of Garrison Elementary School in Dover, N.H. For months, their campaign inundated members of Congress, senators, the New Hampshire governor's office and the office of the Secretary of the Navy. Their tenacity paid off in August 2004 when Secretary of the Navy Donald Winter announced in a ceremony held at Portsmouth Naval Shipyard, N.H., that SSN 778 would be named USS NEW HAMPSHIRE.
|General Characteristics:||Awarded: August 14, 2003|
|Keel laid: April 30, 2007|
|Launched: February 21, 2008|
|Commissioned: October 25, 2008|
|Builder: General Dynamics Electric Boat Division, Groton, Conn.|
|Propulsion system: one nuclear reactor|
|Length: 377 feet (115 meters)|
|Beam: 34 feet (10.4 meters)|
|Draft: 30.5 feet (9.3 meters)|
|Displacement: Surfaced: approx. 6,950 tons Submerged: approx. 7,800 tons|
|Speed: Surfaced: approx. 25 knots Submerged: approx. 32 knots|
|Armament: Tomahawk missiles from 12 VLS tubes, four 533 mm torpedo tubes for Mk-48 torpedoes, Harpoon, advanced mobile mines and unmanned undersea vehicles|
|Homeport: Groton, Conn.|
|Crew: 15 officers, 117 enlisted|
This section contains the names of sailors who served aboard USS NEW HAMPSHIRE. It is no official listing but contains the names of sailors who submitted their information.