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Navy Sub Returns to Groton After 1st Deployment

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GROTON, Conn. (AP) _ A Navy attack submarine has returned to Groton after completing its first deployment.

USS New Mexico arrived back at Naval Submarine Base New London on Monday afternoon.

The submarine traveled more than 34,000 miles over six months and stopped at ports in Norway, Scotland and Spain. It marked the first deployment for more than 70 percent of the crew.

At the pier, Erica Neufeld was awarded the honor of the “first kiss.” She greeted her husband, Chief Electrician’s Mate Wayne Neufeld, along with their son Jacob.

The submarine was commissioned in March 2010 and is the second Navy vessel to be named for New Mexico.

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