Effort would see the U.S.S. Massachusetts Commissioned at the Flynn Cruiseport in Boston
BOSTON – This week, Senator Nick Collins delivered Resolutions passed by the Massachusetts Senate and House of Representatives to the Office of the Secretary of the United States Navy. Both Resolutions call for the commissioning of the U.S.S. Massachusetts, to be held at the Raymond L. Flynn Cruiseport in Boston. The Senate Resolution was sponsored by Senator Collins, with Representative David Biele sponsoring the House equivalent.
The Commonwealth of Massachusetts holds a proud tradition of military service, particularly to our Country’s Navy, dating back to the Revolutionary War. The submarine U.S.S. Massachusetts (soon to be the latest Virginia-class nuclear submarine in the U.S. Navy’s fleet), would be the second vessel in the Navy’s history to carry the name of the Commonwealth, and the first in 75 years, with the battleship of the same name having been decommissioned in 1947.
“We are honored to have the support of the State Legislature and the City of Boston. Building and sustaining community for the sailors and families of submarine Massachusetts with the people of Massachusetts begins with the Navy selecting our State as the commissioning site – we look forward to that,” said retired Capt. Dinis Pimentel, Chair of the U.S.S. Massachusetts Commissioning Committee.
“This would be a great honor with historical significance and economic impact as well as a proper way to reaffirm the Commonwealth’s commitment to supporting and honoring those who serve in the United States Armed Forces,” said Senator Collins, “It was a privilege to be able to deliver these Resolutions so that the United States Navy leadership knows that the Massachusetts Legislature supports the U.S.S. Massachusetts commissioning here in Boston.”