Admiral has fond memories of Granite StateBy KIMBERLEY HAAS
Sunday News Correspondent
May 26. 2018 10:35PM
PORTSMOUTH - Admiral Bill Moran told the crowd at USS Manchester's commissioning that he got his first whiff of the sea while visiting New Hampshire's Seacoast with his father.
"Just down the road here on Route 1A, I was first introduced to that strong scent of the ocean," Moran said.
Moran's father was born and raised in Manchester. His grandmother worked at T. Pariseau, a women's clothing store that had been located at 1001 Elm St. Ester Moran was also an opera singer, Moran said during a Friday interview with the New Hampshire Sunday News.
Moran grew up in Walden, N.Y., but spent a lot of time in New Hampshire.
"All of our vacations we somehow made it to Manchester to visit our nana," Moran said.
He said he brings his own family to Rye every summer.
Moran has served in the Navy for 37 years and is the 39th vice chief of naval operations. He has previously served as the chief of naval personnel and deputy chief of naval operations for manpower, personnel, training and education.
Moran described the newly commissioned USS Manchester as a modular ship.
"We can plug-and-play with things that go after submarines. We can plug-and-play with things that go after mines," Moran said.
One of the most important features of the ship is its ability to go fast in shallow water, Moran said.
"It's really built for speed."
The USS Manchester's home port will be in San Diego. After a change of command ceremony today, Kurt Braeckel will become the ship's commander.