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USS New Mexico Submariners

Do you know what naval vessel is named for the Land of Enchantment? The USS New Mexico (SSN-779) is the Navy’s sixth Virginia-class fast-attack nuclear submarine. Come learn about this technologically advanced submarine from some of its own crew at the Branigan Cultural Center on Thursday, May 22 at 1 pm.

The first warship named after our state was the battleship USS New Mexico (BB-40). The submarine USS New Mexico was delivered to the Navy on December 29, 2009. This May, Las Cruces welcomes submariners from the vessel, as they tour the state and learn about the heritage embodied in the submarine’s motto: “Defendamos Nuestra Tierra” (We Defend Our Land). As part of this visit, two submariners, accompanied by Dick Brown, Chairman of the USS New Mexico Committee, Navy League, will give a presentation at the Branigan Cultural Center. The program is free and open to the public.

The Branigan Cultural Center is located at 501 North Main Street. Gallery hours are Tuesday through Saturday from 9am to 4:30pm. For more information, contact the Branigan Cultural Center at (575) 541-2154 or visit the Center’s website at

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