The deck crew of USS New Mexico looked cold and wet as they arrived in Halifax on a somewhat blustery day today. However they may have been colder and wetter recently.
Tug Glenbrook provides escort service3s as New Mexico arrives. It will be assisted by tow pup tugs in typing up the sub at Shearwater.
On March 22 the Virginia class attack submarine surfaced in an ice polyna off Prudhoe Bay, AK at Ice Camp Nautilus. The temporary camp was set up for sub training on the route that (US) subs use to transit from the Pacific to the Atlantic.
I think it is safe to assume that the sub's arrival today, only three weeks after that event, means that it made a submerged passage through northern channels.
Commissioned in 2010, the Groton, CT based sub was built by Newport News Shipbuilding.