Support Our Submarine!

The third-graders at the Garrison Elementary School in Dover, New Hampshire did their part. Teledyne D.G. O'BrienFairPoint 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.

Marquis Sponsor  


Presenting Sponsors


DataRisk LLC (pro bono services)

Greater Portsmouth Chamber of Commerce (pro bono services)

Lockheed Martin

Seacoast Media Group

Two International Group LLC (pro bono services)


Lead Sponsors

City of Portsmouth

Sean & Kirsten Mahoney

Harbourlight Productions (pro bono services, Website

Leading Edge (pro bono services)

All Metals, Belmont NH 

Northrop Grumman Shipbuilding - Newport News 

Raytheon Integrated Defense Systems 



Gold Sponsors

Everyday Details (pro bono services)

New Hampshire Ball Bearings

Northeast Credit Union

Northrop Grumman Marine Systems 

Perot Systems


Silver Sponsors

BAE Systems Land and Armaments, L.P.


Emerson Process Management

Kollmorgen Corporation

Northrop Grumman Mission Systems 

Senator Martha Fuller Clark

Piscataqua Savings Bank

Bronze Sponsors

Albacore Park

Appledore Marine Engineering, Inc.

Beswick Engineering Co., Inc.


FPL Energy Seabrook Station

Granite State Minerals

Irving Oil

Jerry Karcher

Kocher & Company, Inc.

Attorney & Mrs. John P. McGee, Jr.

Ocean Bank (Portsmouth)

Optima Bank (Portsmouth)


PixleMEDIA, Inc.


Sprague Energy Corporation

St. Andrew's Lodge No. 56 Free & Accepted Mason (Portsmouth)

Tidal Media Group (pro bono services, Website hosting)


Additional Sponsors:

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

William Young

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

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