Support Our Submarine!
The third-graders at the Garrison Elementary School in Dover, New Hampshire did their part. Teledyne D.G. O'Brien, FairPoint Communications, Wheelabrator, Inc./Waste Management, Sean & Kristen Mahoney and Wal-Mart of New Hampshire pitched in. In the weeks leading up to the October 25, 2008 Commissioning many businesses, community groups and individuals provided the support that allowed the celebration to happen. The Community Commissioning Committee thanks all of you!
Thanks to a persistent letter-writing campaign enlisting the support of the New Hampshire Congressional delegation and Governor Lynch, schoolchildren in Dover convinced the Secretary of the Navy that it was time once again to float the proud name USS NEW HAMPSHIRE.
The submarine New Hampshire (SSN-778), christened on June 21, 2008 -- on the 220th anniversary of New Hampshire's statehood and the 220th anniversary of the ratification of the US Constitution that made us a nation. On October 25, 2008 she will be commissioned at Portsmouth Naval Shipyard, the first US Navy shipyard (1800, and thus, the oldest) and the first Navy shipyard to build a Navy submarine (1917). That event, steeped in US Navy traditions, is our day to celebrate our submarine and our state. The NEW HAMPSHIRE deserves a celebration that will make New Hampshire proud. As sub sponsor Cheryl McGuinness of Portsmouth said when she christened the boat, "I see many heroes" speaking of the crew who will sail in harm's way in our name.
We had just a short time to raise the funds needed for an appropriate Commissioning Celebration for the USS New Hampshire. Because she was delivered 14 months ahead of schedule (click here for many other firsts logged in the construction of SSN-778), we had just 3 months to prepare a once-in-a-lifetime welcome for the sub and her crew and raise the necessary $300,000.
These companies, groups and individuals signed on to support our submarine.
Thank you, all.
DataRisk LLC (pro bono services)
Greater Portsmouth Chamber of Commerce (pro bono services)
Seacoast Media Group
Two International Group LLC (pro bono services)
City of Portsmouth
Sean & Kirsten Mahoney
Harbourlight Productions (pro bono services, Website www.USSNewHampshire.org)
Leading Edge (pro bono services)
All Metals, Belmont NH
Northrop Grumman Shipbuilding - Newport News
Raytheon Integrated Defense Systems
Everyday Details (pro bono services)
New Hampshire Ball Bearings
Northeast Credit Union
Northrop Grumman Marine Systems
BAE Systems Land and Armaments, L.P.
Emerson Process Management
Northrop Grumman Mission Systems
Senator Martha Fuller Clark
Piscataqua Savings Bank
Appledore Marine Engineering, Inc.
Beswick Engineering Co., Inc.
FPL Energy Seabrook Station
Granite State Minerals
Kocher & Company, Inc.
Attorney & Mrs. John P. McGee, Jr.
Ocean Bank (Portsmouth)
Optima Bank (Portsmouth)
Sprague Energy Corporation
St. Andrew's Lodge No. 56 Free & Accepted Mason (Portsmouth)
Tidal Media Group (pro bono services, Website hosting)
American Legion Post 21
Paul and Irene Couture
C.G. Davis Post 34
DeStefano Architects PLLC
Emerson Hovey Post #168 VFW
Jalbert Leasing, Inc. DBA C&J
ADM & Mrs. Kinnear II
Meredith Village Savings Bank
Milford Rotary Club
Frederick W. & Pauline J. Ordway
PSGS Recreation Committee
Portsmouth Rotary Club
Seacoast African American Cultural Center
Town of Newington
Gerry S. Weidema & Joseph K. Simone
In-KindAd-Cetera Graphics, Anneka Jans, Clear Channel Communications, Enoteca Italiana, Festive Occasions, John Hancock, Jumpin' Jay's, Muddy River Smokehouse, Regal Limousine Services, Off the Wall Promotions, Pease Golf Course, Portsmouth Gas Light Co., Propeller Club, Trustees of Prescott Park, Rogan's Village Bake Shop, Scarecrows of the Port, Secure Planning Inc., Sir Speedy Portsmouth, Smuttynose Brewing Co., Sperry Tents, Strawbery Banke Museum, Wentworth by the Sea Hotel & Spa, Westwind Gardens, Wilcox Industries, Zero Gravity Films
The USS New Hampshire Commissioning Committee operated under the auspices of the Navy League of New Hampshire, Portsmouth NH Council, a 501(c)3 organization. Your donation is tax deductible to the extent allowed by IRS regulations. Tax ID#51-0668823.
10/19 USS New Hampshire arrived in Portsmouth 11:15 am
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Thru 11/2 Scarecrows of the Port Festival
Downtown merchants present first annual "Scarecrows in the Port" harvest festival, commissioning celebration and welcome to the crew and their families.
10/25/2008 US Navy Commissioning Ceremony, 10 am
10/27/2008 USS New Hampshire departs, 12:20 pm