Governor Murphy Signs Legislation Supporting Commissioning Committee

TRENTON – Governor Phil Murphy today signed legislation A-6012 which provides access to state funding to support the Commissioning Committee for the new USS New Jersey.

Primary sponsors of A-6012 include Assemblymembers William Moen, Carol Murphy, and Roy Freiman, and Senators Paul Sarlo, and Vin Gopal. 

This legislation appropriates funds from the General Fund to the Department of Military and Veterans Affairs for the USS New Jersey Commissioning Committee. The purpose of the appropriation is to support the commissioning of the USS New Jersey and the officers and crew assigned to the ship.

Contributions to the USS New Jersey Commissioning Committee support traditional Commissioning Week activities, visits to the state by crewmembers, and habitability upgrades to the boat for the crew. Expenditure of the amount appropriated is subject to approval by the Adjutant General of an itemized plan for the expenditure to be submitted by the USS New Jersey Commissioning Committee. Any amount unexpended shall be donated for the support of personnel and their families and for the funding of existing or the creation of new United States Navy scholarship programs. 

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Change of Command for PCU NEW JERSEY

CDR Jared Smith official photo.
CDR Jared Smith official photo.

CDR Jared Smith and CDR Carlos Otero will exchange commands this month, with CDR Smith assuming command of the PCU New Jersey, while CDR Otero assumes command of the USS New Mexico (SSN-779).

The USS New Mexico is the second Virginia-class submarine in the Block II series and is home ported in Norfolk, VA. She is also the second US Navy ship named after the state of New Mexico.

The committee welcomes CDR Smith and we look forward to building a great working relationship with him over the coming months.

We’d also like to thank CDR Otero and wish him well with his new command.

Trenton Fleet Week

The crew of the NJY intends to maximize its support for Trenton Fleet Week 2-8 May.  We look forward to seeing a large portion of the crew attend several events and continue to better get to know its namesake state!

Roll Out

At the end of January or early February, NJY will be moved from its initial assembly building to a floating drydock.  Multiple hydraulic sleds will lift the 7,900 ton vessel and slowly move it a quarter of a mile to the water. 

She will stay within the floating drydock to finish the last remaining jobs before being ready to be lowered and moored next to the pier for the first time later this spring.