COMMISSIONING POSTPONED due to Coronavirus (COVID-19)
Although the traditional public commissioning ceremony was cancelled due to public health safety and restrictions of large public gatherings, the Navy commissioned USS Delaware administratively and transitioned the ship to normal operations. Meanwhile, the Navy is looking at a future opportunity to commemorate the special event with the ship’s sponsor, crew and commissioning committee.
Commissioning Committee expects to have an announcement for a future celebration as COVID restrictions are lifted.
Amid these unprecidented times we looked for some positive news so we hope you enjoy this article from the Delaware Chamber Business News. John Riley, Commissioning Committee Chairman interviewed Captain Brian Hogan, former Commanding Officer of PCU DELAWARE (SSN 791).
John Riley is author of the recently released book, Delaware Eyewitness, Behind the Scenes in the First State. In 2016, John Riley retired after leading government relations for two global corporations. He played a key role in launching the Delaware Prosperity Partnership, including serving as interim CEO. John is an Army veteran and continues to be active in veterans’ affairs.
Navy League of the United States, Hampton Roads takes great pride in supporting the Navy in bringing USS Delaware (SSN 791) into the Fleet. The time honored tradition of Commissioning a boat includes several special events that surround the actual ceremony itself.
It is highly unusual for a ship to be commissioned outside of a Navy port where it has been built but Senator Tom Carper prevailed upon the United States Navy to bring the submarine to Wilmington so Delawareans could participate in the historic celebration.
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This commissioning will be our 5th Virginia class submarine to support and our 28th ship commissioning.