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COMSUBLANT


COMSUBPAC

Chairman of the
Joint Chiefs of Staff

Chief of
Naval Operations




COMSUBLANT

Fellow Undersea Warriors:

On behalf of the Atlantic Fleet Submarine Force and Anti-Submarine Task Force 84, let me express my enthusiasm and support for UNDERSEA WARFARE. While stealth is a wonderful warfighting strength and the essential characteristic of our submarines, it is not the best way to tell the submarine or ASW story to our shipmates, our fellow warfighters, or the American people. It is time to leave silence in our wake. UNDERSEA WARFARE is a marvelous way to tell our story. I encourage our Sailors, our Chiefs’ Quarters and Wardrooms, and our support staffs ashore to contribute their ideas, their pictures, and their articles to UNDERSEA WARFARE.

Undersea warfare is a team sport, a combined arms effort. No one community can perform the Navy’s undersea warfare role by itself. The combat power of submarines is magnified by the contributions of our teammates. These include Special Operations Forces, undersea surveillance professionals, mine warfare experts, and our anti-submarine warfare partners in the surface line and aviation communities. Their stories, exemplified by Captain John Morgan’s excellent article on ASW in this inaugural issue, also need to be shared in the broad forum offered by UNDERSEA WARFARE.

Submarines are a crown jewel of our nation’s arsenal. In response to the crises of instability unleashed by the end of the Cold War, our submarines are in more demand, by more theater commanders, than ever before. The challenges of the future will place an even greater premium on the submarine’s enduring qualities of stealth, endurance, agility, and firepower. We are fortunate to have smart and dedicated people working hard to meet these challenges. From the Sailors on the deckplate operating and maintaining the most complex combatants conceived by man to the scientists and engineers developing the submarine systems of the future, we are committed to maintaining the operational primacy required by our Navy and our Nation. As a result, submariners can look forward to an exciting future of driving the world’s most sophisticated warships at the front lines of our Nation’s defenses.

As COMSUBLANT and Commander Task Force 84, my job is to effectively employ and improve the combat capability of our Atlantic Fleet submarines and ASW forces afloat while simultaneously increasing the efficiency of our operations ashore. My staffs and I are working hard to ensure our Sailors have the tools to do their jobs while at sea – and to spend well-deserved time with their families and friends while in port. I look forward to reading of your successes in these areas in future issues of UNDERSEA WARFARE. This is your magazine.

 

Sincerly,

E. P. Giambastiani
Vice Admiral, U.S. Navy

 

COMSUBPAC

Aloha Shipmates!

From the Pacific Fleet Submarine Force, I would like to pass along my best to those who have taken the initiative to start a force-wide publication. For many years we have watched our aviation and surface brethren advertise their milestones and accomplishments in Naval Aviation News and Surface Warfare magazines. Now, the submarine community has the opportunity to get equal time.

The concept of the magazine is very good. We in the Submarine Force must ensure it is a success. I urge each of you to assist in the production of this magazine by submitting articles, photographs, and new information about innovative ways of doing business. Show examples of how we are working smarter within the Submarine Force. Our future depends on how well we sell ourselves within the Navy and throughout the military. People cannot measure our successes unless we tell about them. The “Silent Service” needs to be recognized for all the wonderful things that are happening every day.

In the Pacific, we’re keeping busy finding new ways to become more efficient in doing our business, engaging our allies, and getting the most out of our people by providing them with a positive and interesting work environment. My focus as COMSUBPAC is to emphasize the themes of efficiency, engagement, and people – as the key to building a strong submarine force for tomorrow. Our future depends on how well we manage our force and our people.

Currently we are completely engaged in exercise RIMPAC ’98, which embodies my engagement strategy. We are operating with submarines from Korea, Japan, and Australia, and we’re having a wonderful time building friendships and sharing information. That’s what it’s all about – doing our jobs and enjoying coming to work each day.

UNDERSEA WARFARE magazine will now give us the opportunity to share these experiences with a wider audience. We plan to take advantage of this great opportunity and hope you will, too.

 

Keep charging!

Al Konetzni
Rear Admiral, U.S. Navy

 

Chairman of the
Joint Chiefs of Staff

On the important occasion of the premier of UNDERSEA WARFARE, I offer congratulations to all those who wear Dolphins, as well as to the men and women of the staffs, training commands, maintenance facilities, and engineering and development centers that together comprise the world’s finest Submarine Force.

This journal will be an excellent forum to explore the cutting-edge future of America’s undersea warfare capabilities. Articles will also appear that report the latest advancements in the traditional core competencies of our nuclear-powered submarine fleet. By focusing submariners’ intellectual energy on both realms of study, UNDERSEA WARFARE will certainly be a valuable instrument for implementing Joint Vision 2010. Of equal importance, these pages will be used to renew the memory of those heroic deeds and adventures that make the proud heritage of our Submarine Force so colorful and inspiring.

By enriching the professional knowledge and expertise of its readers, UNDERSEA WARFARE will contribute significantly to maintaining the Submarine Force as a crown jewel of our Nation’s defense arsenal. The Joint Chiefs of Staff join me in extending best wishes for success in this worthwhile and exciting endeavor.

 

Sincerly,

Henry H. Shelton
General, U.S. Army

 

Chief of
Naval Operations

Congratulations to the U.S. Submarine Force on the occasion of the inaugural issue of UNDERSEA WARFARE magazine. As the world’s only periodical dedicated entirely to undersea warfare, it is a welcome addition to the family of naval journals.

UNDERSEA WARFARE will highlight the accomplishments of our superb submariners and all members of the undersea warfare community, providing an invaluable service by educating the widest possible audience regarding the vital contributions of our Submarine Force toward forward presence and warfighting.

As such, UNDERSEA WARFARE will complement the stealth for which the "Silent Service" is famous by illuminating programs, activities, and accomplishments vital to our national interest. I look forward to reading UNDERSEA WARFARE for years to come; I hope you will join me.

 


Jay L. Johnson
Admiral, U.S. Navy





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