USS New Hampshire Sailors Present State Flag Flown at the Arctic at Fenway Park

Story Number: NNS110728-12Release Date: 7/28/2011 7:36:00 PM
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By Lt. Jennifer Cragg, Commander, Submarine Group Two Public Affairs

BOSTON (NNS) -- The commanding officer and several Sailors assigned to Virginia-class attack submarine USS New Hampshire (SSN 778) walked the turf at Fenway Park when they participated in pre-game activities to honor their boat at the Boston Red Sox game July 27.

Cmdr. John McGunnigle, New Hampshire commanding officer presented Sam Kennedy, Boston Red Sox executive officer, with their namesake state's flag to fly over the park during the game.

McGunnigle is a native of Boston and said he hails from a baseball family.

"My great grandfather William 'Gunner' McGunnigle played in the major leagues and managed the Brooklyn Bridegrooms (Dodgers) to two pennants and a tie in the World Series," said McGunnigle. "They were the first team in any professional sports league to win two back-to-back championships."

He added that he was also famous for being the first catcher to wear a glove in a baseball game. McGunnigle said he is pleased with the support the team has shown his boat and crew.

"As a token of respect to my lineage, it gives me great honor to have members of my crew present here today at Fenway to fly the state flag of New Hampshire that was flown over New Hampshire in the Arctic," said McGunnigle.

New Hampshire was the first Virginia-class submarine to participate in an Ice Exercise in 2011. Seawolf-class submarine USS Connecticut (SSN 22) also participated in the exercises in the Arctic Ocean. Submarines have conducted under-ice operations in the Arctic regions in support of inter-fleet transit, training, cooperative allied engagements and operations for more than 50 years.

The Naval Submarine School Silver Dolphins color guard accompanied New Hampshire's Sailors and performed before the New England crowd.

USS New Hampshire was delivered to the Navy Aug. 28, 2008, and then was commissioned at Portsmouth Naval Shipyard in Kittery, Maine, on Oct. 25, 2008. She is the third ship to be named for the state of New Hampshire.

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