this photo of the crew eating a meal in crew's mess, this one of the serving line, and this press release, the boat has been place "in service":
Normally, the boat will start sea trials within a month of being placed in service; the press release says that they'll start early next month, with delivery to the Navy in June -- the "sea trials to delivery" schedule seems pretty agressive to me, especially since Newport News hasn't delivered a boat in 10 years. Still, the boat has come a long way since she was first rolled outside back in July 2004:
I'm eager to hear how she does at sea next month. Those interested in what they'll be doing for the next couple of months should skim this little manual. As NEWCON Eng for two subs, I pretty much had the thing memorized.
Friday, April 07, 2006
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