The U.S.S. Albuquerque is a nuclear submarine that was commissioned in 1983 and given the hull name SSN 706 in recognition of the 1706 founding of the city.
Two pieces of the 52-ton sail were delivered Friday, and the third piece is expected to arrive in February.
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The city is planning to turn them into a memorial but has not decided on where that will be. Until then, the sail will be kept at Kirtland Air Force Base.