CSG 2 Praises SUBVETS Groton for their Role in Submarine History
GROTON, Conn. – Rear Adm. Michael McLaughlin, Commander, Submarine Group Two spoke to veterans of World War II and Submariners Qualified in Submarines for 50 or more years at the monthly U.S. Submarine Veterans Groton Base Inc., Holland Club luncheon, Aug. 16.
During the luncheon, McLaughlin praised the SUBVETS for their contribution to the overall submarine force history.
“You are the maintainers of our rich undersea heritage and hold the keys to our past. I want to recognize and thank you for your due diligence in preserving our submarine force history,” said McLaughlin.
After McLaughlin’s speech, John J. Carcioppolo, SUBVETS Groton commander thanked him for his support of Groton Base and together with Holland Club Member Bud Atkins presented him with a SUBVETS Vest for the support he provided.
"Admiral you have been up on the Dealey Center stage with us for two Holland Club induction ceremonies, shaking each new Holland Club members’ hands as we honored them,” said Carcioppolo. “And you also provided personal letters to each of the New Holland Club members which meant so much to these senior citizens of the submarine force, many who left the Navy as junior enlisted. So we thank you very much for all of your support and wish you well in all future endeavors.”
Earlier this year, McLaughlin participated in the SUBVETS Holland Club ceremony where more than 70 former submarine Sailors were inducted into the prestigious Holland Club in the Dealey Center Theater. To become a member of the club, a Sailor must be qualified for submarines for 50 or more years.
The Holland Club is part of the SUBVETS organization, and was named after John Philip Holland, an engineer who designed the first US Navy submarine.
The Holland Club presents Rear Adm. Michael E. McLaughlin, Commander, Submarine Group 2, with his own SUBVETS vest. The Holland Club is an exclusive group within the USSVI. Named for the first commissioned U.S. submarine, USS Holland (SS-1), which was named for its builder, John P. Holland. Membership in the club is restricted to USSVI members who have been qualified in Submarines for 50 or more years.
Rear Adm. Michael E. McLaughlin, Commander, Submarine Group 2, laughs at a joke made by a Holland Club member about him being "out of uniform" after putting on his SUBVETS vest presented by the Holland Club. The Holland Club is an exclusive group within the USSVI. Named for the first commissioned U.S. submarine, USS Holland (SS-1), which was named for its builder, John P. Holland. Membership in the club is restricted to USSVI members who have been qualified in Submarines for 50 or more years.