The USS Annapolis, the Navy's newest nuclear submarine, will carry with it some links to its namesake city and its own past when it joinsthe fleet tomorrow.
The submarine, the fourth ship to be named for the city, will be commissioned in Groton, Conn., almost a year after its launching.
After the commissioning ceremony, Mayor Alfred Hopkins will present to the captain and crew a portion of the silver service used by the original USS Annapolis in 1897.
The original silver punch bowl and ladle was given to the gunboat, which served in the Spanish-American War and as a training ship before it was removed from service in 1940.
The silver was found aboard another Navy vessel, the Hayler, docked in Norfolk, Va. City officials retrieved the silver and had itrestored for the commissioning presentation.
The city's gift willbe augmented by a silver tray and cups from the Navy League and the USS Annapolis Commemorative Committee, a group of area residents who have adopted the crew and planned activities to celebrate the launching and commissioning.
The Annapolis is the 10th Los Angeles class submarine. It carries a crew of 13 officers and 120 enlisted men. The362-foot ship is armed with torpedoes and Harpoon anti-ship missiles.
In addition to the silver service, the Annapolis crew will be presented with a framed print of "Homecoming," which shows the submarine in the waters off Annapolis with the city's skyline behind.
Nextmonth, when the submarine visits the city as part of the Naval Academy's graduation ceremony, the crew will receive from the Annapolis Yacht Club a ship's bell, cast by a local foundry.