Navy submarine enters service early

GROTON, Conn. — The Navy’s newest attack submarine, the New Hampshire, was christened Saturday, delivered eight months ahead of schedule and $54 million under budget.

The New Hampshire was christened by the widow of the American Airlines Flight 11 pilot killed in the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks.

“I believe I’m looking at heroes,” Cheryl McGuinness of Portsmouth, N.H., said, looking at the ship’s crew. “You all are my heroes.”

The 7,800-ton, 337-foot nuclear-powered submarine will have a crew of 134. The submarine, built by General Dynamic’s Electric Boat and Northrop Grumman Shipbuilding, is the third Navy vessel to carry the name of the Granite State.

The submarine is scheduled to begin sea trials this summer and is expected to be delivered to the Navy in October, in a ceremony at the Naval shipyard in Kittery, Maine.

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