GROTON, Conn. (NNS) -- Sailors from USS Virginia (SSN 774) welcomed Virginia residents aboard their namesake submarine for a special presentation July 23.
Retired Lt. Kenn McDermott, chapter head for the Richmond-based chapter of United States Submarine Veterans Inc., named for USS Virginia, presented Cmdr. Tim Salter, Virginia commanding officer, with the 774th "Never Forget" tribute flag made by the America Never Forget Foundation.
"I wanted the flag to serve as a reminder that freedom comes with a price and hoped it would keep alive the patriotism we all felt in our hearts" said President and founder, Cindy Sheaffer. "There are only 3000 flags, one for each of the victims, it is only fitting that number 774 be aboard Virginia."
"This flag will be placed in a place of honor aboard our ship, said Salter. "As we begin our transition into our upcoming shipyard period this will be a constant reminder of why we do what we do."
As a tribute flag, the field of stars is replaced by a copyrighted design that is a collage of United Flight 93 and the World Trade Towers surrounded by the Pentagon. The four stars represent the planes used in the attack and each plane is named in the design.
According to Sheaffer, Number 184 in the series hangs in the Pentagon in memory of the 184 victims there, following a presentation to Assistant Secretary of Defense John Grimes January 2010. Number 93 was presented to the Flight 93 Federal Advisory Commission in 2006 and will be displayed at their memorial upon completion.
Virginia-class submarines are tailored to excel in a wide range of warfighting missions. These include anti-submarine and surface ship warfare; special operation forces; strike; intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance; carrier and expeditionary strike group support; and mine warfare.
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