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Nov 02, 2021

Submarine New Jersey Crew Visits NJ Residents

By Lori Draz

On Oct. 1, the executive officer and five other members of the pre-commissioned Submarine New Jersey (SSN-796) made the first of what is planned to be almost a dozen visits to New Jersey over the next several months. They visited five counties and a variety of historical, recreational and educational facilities as well as performed community service as arranged and funded by the 501(c)3 New Jersey Submarine Commissioning Committee.

Committee member Peter Engelman said the boat is nearing construction completion and will be commissioned in late 2022.

Lt. CDR Nicholas Tuuk said the weekend excursions allow the crew members to gain a deeper appreciation for the state for which their boat is named. Their visits also give New Jerseyans a chance to learn more about the Navy and the submarine service.

The submarine will be the third naval vessel named for the Garden State. The first, (BB-16), served in WW1. The second, (BB-62), now a naval museum in Camden, served in multiple wars, and is the most decorated warship in U.S. history.

The visiting crew members met with NJROTC cadets at the Marine Academy of Science and Technology. The group toured historic Fort Hancock and inspected a gun barrel from the Battleship New Jersey, now in place at Hartshorne Woods, a Monmouth County park preserving the history of Battery Lewis, a World War II defense installation in Highlands.

The crew spent two nights at Naval Weapons Station Earle in Colts Neck. Their packed agenda included a visit to the Camden battleship museum and to Old Bridge where they assisted at a car wash sponsored by the local AFROTC students and met with students from a variety of youth groups. They also assisted Boy Scout Troop 18 in clearing debris from a Manville home heavily damaged in recent storms.

To learn more about the boat and its crew, as well as the progress of its final construction stages, visit NJCommissioning.org.