Given that Memorial Day is one of the times during the year when we say “thank you!” to the men and women of the US Armed Forces, I wanted to say a special “thank you” to one of my loyal readers and distinguished correspondents, Lt. Joel Ira Holwitt, USN, who is the head of the Navigation Department aboard the USS New Mexico (SSN 79).
In addition to being a 2003 graduate of the US Naval Academy, Joel received his PhD in naval and military history from Ohio State University in 2005. He is the author of Execute Against Japan: The US Decision to Conduct Unrestricted Submarine Warfare, published by Texas A&M University Press. For anyone interested in the international laws and conventions which governed (or were supposed to govern) submarine warfare in World War Two, I commend this book to you without reservation. It is an outstanding work of scholarship.
I would also respectfully send my very best wishes to the Commanding Officer, Commander George Perez, and to the officers, petty officers, and crew of the USS New Mexico.
USS New Mexico (SSN 779) on Bravo Sea Trials.
ATLANTIC OCEAN (March 3, 2010) An MH-60S Sea Hawk helicopter from Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron (HSC) 9 flies alongside the Virginia-class attack submarine USS New Mexico (SSN 779) with the aircraft carrier USS George H.W. Bush (CVN 77) in the distance. HSC-9 is assigned to the George H.W. Bush Strike Group and is underway in the Atlantic Ocean in support of fleet training operations.
NORFOLK (Mar. 27, 2010) The Virginia-class nuclear attack submarine USS New Mexico moored pierside during the ship’s commissioning ceremony, held aboard Naval Station Norfolk March 27. New Mexico is the sixth Virginia-class submarine to be commissioned and will be homeported in Groton, CT.
NORFOLK (Mar. 27, 2010) During a commissioning ceremony, Sailors man the boat and officially bring the newest Virginia-class nuclear attack submarine USS New Mexico to life aboard Naval Station Norfolk. New Mexico is the sixth Virginia-class submarine to be commissioned and will be homeported in Groton, CT.
GROTON, Conn. (June 1, 2010) The Virginia-class attack submarine USS New Mexico (SSN 779) transits the Thames River to her new homeport at Naval Submarine Base New London. New Mexico joins Submarine Squadron (SUBRON) 4.
[Images courtesy of the Department of the Navy.]