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Dec 06, 2021

Five M.A.S.T Cadets Serve as Color Guards for Submarine Christening

Five cadets from the Marine Academy of Science and Technology (M.A.S.T) were chosen to participate in the christening of The USS New Jersey (SSW-796) as members of the color guard at the Newport News Shipbuilding in Newport News, Virginia on Nov. 13.

The cadets chosen to present the nation’s colors for the submarine’s christening are Dylan Agnese (Lincroft), Jack Arhanic (Fair Haven) Tessa Campolattaro (Rumson), Sam Puleio (Tinton Falls) and Brandon Weiss (Oceanport).

“We are so proud of the five cadets from M.A.S.T who [presented] the nation’s colors during the christening of the USS New Jersey, a new Virginia Class attack submarine currently under construction,” said Monmouth County Board of Commissioners Director Thomas A. Arnone. “This is a testament to the dedicated cadets that are attending M.A.S.T, and this is an incredible opportunity for them to honor our country.”

The USS New Jersey, which is sponsored by Dr. Susan DiMarco of Montclair, wife of former Secretary of Homeland Security, Jeh Johnson, is a nuclear-powered Virginia Class attack submarine in service for the United States Navy. The Navy announced the name of the submarine in May 2015 and is the third U.S. Naval vessel to receive this name.