Future Submariners from USNA Dolphin Club Visit Groton
GROTON, Conn. – Seventeen midshipmen from the U.S. Naval Academy’s Dolphin Club visited Naval Submarine Base New London and met with Commander, Submarine Group Two, Nov. 22.
The Dolphin Club is an extra-curricular activity whose purpose is to expose interested midshipmen to the many facets of submarine life. Six of the 17 senior visiting midshipmen have been selected for submarines.
“You will be the new breed of warriors,” said Rear Adm. Rick Breckenridge, Commander, Submarine Group Two. “You are going to carry the undersea domain forward.”
Breckenridge, who received a degree in Aerospace Engineering from the U.S. Naval Academy, spent some quality time with the visiting midshipmen to discuss their future in the submarine force.
“Visits to Groton help inspire these future submariners to serve in the undersea domain,” said Senior Chief Machinist’s Mate (SS) Neal Olds, 3rd Company senior enlisted leader at the U.S. Naval Academy.
Previously to arriving at the Academy, Olds served aboard USS Henry M. Jackson (SSBN 730) Blue.
One of the 17 midshipmen participating in the tour had an opportunity to meet with Congressman Chris Murphy (D-5th), who was touring Naval Submarine Base New London with fellow Connecticut Congressman Joe Courtney (D-2nd). Midshipman 4/C Kevin Hawxhurst was raised in Wethersfield, Conn., the same town Murphy grew up.
Lt. Chris Rose, U.S. Naval Academy Ocean engineering instructor shared his thoughts on teaching the next leaders of the submarine force.
“In my current position I have the advantage and opportunity to mentor the future leaders of the submarine force,” said Rose. Previously to arriving at the Academy Rose served aboard USS Philadelphia (SSN 690), prior to her decommissioning.
During their visit to Groton the visiting midshipmen toured the Los Angeles class submarine USS Springfield (SSN 761); toured the Naval Submarine Library and Museum, attended the Damage Control Trainer, and visited Naval Submarine School trainers.