Commander, Submarine Group Two


South Berwick VFW Post 5744 Hosts USS HELENA

SOUTH BERWICK, Maine - On a drizzly Sunday afternoon , VFW Post 5744 treated the crew and family members of Los Angeles class attack submarine USS Helena (SSN 725) to a smorgasbord of delectable dishes and fellowship on Aug. 22. 

Malcom Kenney, Adjutant of Post 5744, facilitated the event which garnered more than 100 guests. 

 “We wanted to give the crew the opportunity to get away from the daily grind of the shipyard and just relax,” said Kenney.

Relaxing is what it was all about.  The rain was no match for the facilities, as the food and tables were all adequately covered and the hospitality was second to none.

Cmdr. Paul Dinius, Helena’s Commanding Officer and recent addition to Post 5744, took an opportunity to thank the Post and town of South Berwick for their fervent efforts in working with the crew and the community.

"The crew and families of USS Helena are so proud to be a part of the South Berwick community,” said Dinius, “and we appreciate the support and fellowship of South Berwick's VFW Post 5744, clearly the best post in the state of Maine.  Your friendship and continued service to country are an inspiration to all of us."

The VFW Post and Helena crew have worked together over the past year organizing and executing several community events, including scholastic speaking engagements, environmental beautification projects and veteran center visits.  With a little more than six months left in New England, the crew is poised to continue their selfless efforts.

Helena arrived at the Portsmouth Naval Shipyard Sept. 2, 2009 for extended maintenance including several system upgrades. Helena, named after Helena, Mont., was commissioned on July 11, 1987. Her motto is "Proud and Fearless."