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Pat McDonald from Vote for Vermont shared our March 16 Zoom Briefing presented by the Command of the USS VERMONT with her audience. If you haven't had a chance to see it, watch it here to learn about our namesake sub and her sailor's standard-setting performance in their first year.
Pat McDonald, Guest Host on WDEV's Vermont Viewpoint interviews Gary Frymire from the USS VERMONT Support Group on February 2nd. Click on the image to the right, then press play to hear the exchange.
Pat McDonald and Ben Kinsley from Vote for Vermont welcomed VCC and VSG's Albert Perry and Gary Frymire for an update on the USS VERMONT and to learn about the USS VERMONT Support Group's mission and activities. Click on the image to hear the update.
Click on the picture above to see WCAX's coverage of the gifts presentation.
CDR Phillips shows his Plank Owner plaque to USS VERMONT crew members on the pier at Naval Submarine Base New London on July 9th
Some of the "Moms to Be" taking part in the shower were spouses of the USS VERMONT crew. Kudo's to Travelers, ConnectiCare, and the Navy for finding a way to keep this tradition alive amidst the current restrictions. Courtesy of WFSB, Channel 3 Eyewitness News in CT.
Great image of our sister boat, the USS Montpelier, clearing the path for the USS Harry S. Truman. The Royal Canadian Navy Halifax-class frigate HMCS Ville de Quebec (FFH 332), right, the Los Angeles-class fast-attack submarine USS Montpelier (SSN 765), the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Harry S. Truman (CVN 75) and the Ticonderoga-class guided-missile cruiser USS Normandy (CG 60) transit in formation with a Royal Canadian Air Force CP-140 Aurora during a photographic exercise in the North Atlantic Ocean, May 31. The Harry S. Truman Carrier Strike Group (HSTCSG) remains at sea in the Atlantic Ocean as a certified carrier strike group force maintaining maritime stability and security, ensuring access, deterring aggression and defending U.S., allied and partner interests in support of USNORTHCOM's top priority of homeland defense. Image and caption courtesy of dolphin-news.com
VCC's Al Perry was on hand to honor Middlebury's own Ken Wilkins, 95, for his service 75 years ago on the USS Skate during WW II. Learn more about Ken's adventures next week on WCAX's Super Seniors.
Click the arrow above to hear WDEV's Dave Gram speak with the VCC's Debra Martin and Gary Frymire for an update on the status of the USS VERMONT now that the April 18th Commissioning has occurred.
USS VERMONT, the first of 10 Virginia-class Block IV submarines, has been Commissioned on April 18th, 2020. The new class design diminishes production expense and enables the Navy to extend the time between maintenance pauses and deployments.
VCC's Rod and Karen Brigham celebrate the Commissioning of the USS VERMONT Saturday April 18th at 10am from their home in Georgia. Read the Times Argus article to find out how!
Video of The PCU VERMONT SSN 792 en route to the Naval Submarine Base New London in preparation for Commissioning April 18th at 10am. Courtesy of the Resident Good News Serving CT and RI
Interview by Pat McDonald and Ben Kinsley of VERMONT SSN 792 Commissioning Committee members
Due to the volume of ticket requests received, we were instructed by the U.S. Navy to disable our ticket request function effective February 21st. We suggest you contact your local VFW or American Legion Post to determine if they’ll be hosting an event streaming the Commissioning ceremony live from the Naval Submarine Base New London in Groton, CT at 10am, April 18th. Check back later as additional details become available for other ways to view the Commissioning ceremony.
CDR Charles W. Phillips, III discusses design features of Virginia Class subs with Hank Buermeyers's class at the Hotel Coolidge in White River Junction
The Plank Owner plaques you'll see being produced by Maple Landmark are presented to each member of the subs first crew at Commissioning, where they become official Plank Owners of the USS VERMONT SSN 792.
The VERMONT SSN 792 Plank Owner Plaques segment on WCAX showing their assembly by Maple Landmark in Middlebury demonstrates the pride and commitment of Vermonters. What may not have been apparent is that many of the design elements for the plaques were contributed by Vermont craftsmen and companies including forester Ed Larson from Montpelier; The A Johnson Company in Bristol; ExactBuilt in Underhill; Vermont Quarry Corporation in Danby; Proctor Marble Company; Granite Industries of Vermont in Barre; Vermont Natural Coatings in Hardwick; and from outside the state, General Dynamics Electric Boat and milcoins.com. Designed by the VERMONT SSN 792 Commissioning Committee in partnership with Mike Rainville at Maple Landmark, the plaques have several unique characteristics that serve to represent Vermont and the enduring relationship between the state and our namesake submarine crew that “brings life to SSN 792.”
From Seven Days, January 22nd, 2020
Al Perry and Rod Brigham step into the WVMT studio and talk to Marcus and Kurt on The Morning Drive. Al and Rod tell us about the USS VERMONT and what their Committee is doing to prepare for the Commissioning ceremony.
Released by Electric Boat, this 5 minute video begins with a short history of prior ships with the USS Vermont name, and gives perspective on the PCU VERMONT from crew members who'll operate it as well as EB technicians who built it.
Float our boat
MONTPELIER — A year out from launch, there is growing momentum to celebrate the commissioning of the nuclear-attack submarine USS VERMONT (SSN 792).
The Virginia-class fast-attack submarine, the third Navy vessel to bear the state’s name, is under construction at General Dynamic Electric Boat in Groton, Connecticut, and is due to be commissioned in a ceremony about this time next year.
Enter the commissioning committee of the USS VERMONT, which is comprised of 27 members from across the state. The committee has been working on organizing Vermont’s participation in the ceremony and is calling on Vermont businesses to contribute products. The group is also organizing a series of events with a “Made in Vermont” theme, before and during the commissioning of the submarine in Connecticut.
To make it all happen, there is a $250,000 fundraising goal to pay for events and commemorative memorabilia.
Events planned by the commissioning committee include: a barbecue dinner for the crew; lunch for boat sponsor Gloria Valdez, a former deputy assistant secretary of the Navy; and a reception for sponsors, donors, ship builders and VIPs. There will also be a platform breakfast before commissioning ceremony and a post-commissioning reception.
The sub’s commissioning is a golden marketing opportunity for Vermont companies to market their products, says Debra Martin, chairwoman of the commissioning committee.
“Vermont is known for its outstanding quality of products from food to lumber and wool and everything in between,” Martin says. “We want this celebration to be uniquely Vermont and for every aspect of it to resonate ‘Vermont’. That’s why we want to make sure that any Vermont business that wants to participate has the opportunity to do so.”
There are already products being developed to promote the commissioning of the submarine, including a collaboration with Vermont Teddy Bear which has designed a T-shirt for a Dewey Bear, named after Admiral George Dewey, the Montpelier-born admiral who helped win the 1898 Spanish-American War. It is already on sale through the www.ussvermont.org.
In appealing for funding support, Martin notes that the committee is responsible for raising money for all events associated with the commissioning ceremony while the Navy pays for the commissioning of the submarine.
Coverage of the USS VERMONT and an interview with Committee Member Bill Mattoon begins approximately 8 minutes into the YCQM segment.
Committee member Bill Mattoon was honored for 50 years qualified in Submarines with membership in the Holland Club of the United States Submarine Veterans, Inc.
Sponsor Gloria Valdez, CDR Henry Roenke, Sailor of the Year Jahlaani Campbell and Vermont's own Ian Blackmore wetting the boat with water from Lake Champlain
Sponsor Gloria Valdez on hand for the floating of the VERMONT
The flooding of the dry dock begins
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Groton — Electric Boat christened the Virginia-class attack submarine VERMONT (SSN 792) on Saturday. The Vermont is the 19th submarine in the class and first in the 10-boat Block IV that are designed to reduce loss of availability due to major scheduled maintenance.
The crew preparing for the July 3 Independence Day celebrations in Montpelier.
The first USS Vermont, port view, Brooklyn Navy Yard, possibly during the Spanish-American War, 1898. A former ship of the line, Vermont served as stores and receiving ship for 37 years and was struck from the Navy list in 1901 and sold the following year.
One hundred years ago, January 24th, 1919, the battleship USS Vermont steamed into port in Brest, France. Vermont has a long heritage with the United States Navy, and will proudly celebrate the submarine USS VERMONT's commissioning to active duty in 2020.