On behalf of the Submarine Force leadership, I would like to extend holiday greetings to all in the UNDERSEA WARFARE community especially those of you forward deployed defending Americas interests overseas and those of you on strategic deterrent patrols. Your sacrifices and commitment allow our nation to remain at peace and guarantee the blessings of freedom for all Americans.
I am pleased to report the inaugural issue of UNDERSEA WARFARE has generated great enthusiasm. We received a tremendous amount of feedback on the magazine with many positive suggestions and recommendations. I appreciate the efforts of those who took the time to provide comments and look forward to your continued input and suggestions.
In this second issue of UNDERSEA WARFARE, youll see more focus on the outstanding people who make up todays Submarine Force. I need your help in finding and telling the people stories of our force. Please contact our new military editor, LCDR Jim Doody, with stories of your submarines accomplishments. Additionally, we plan to publish letters, questions, comments, and discussion about Submarine Force issues. I hope this magazine will serve as an interactive forum for issues of concern to the undersea warfare community.
The lead feature of this issue discusses
the Virginia-class New Attack Submarine (NSSN). The Navy recently signed a contract to
build the first four of these superb ships. For many of you, this article may be your
first opportunity to read about this incredible submarine under construction today.
Virginia will incorporate land attack capability that is second to none, including a
unique nine-man lockout chamber, special fittings for the Advanced SEAL Delivery System
mini-sub, and a more capable communications suite. Virginia will be even
In this issue, we also discuss the recently released Defense Science Board (DSB) report on the Submarine of the Future. I would like to make two major points about this study. First, the DSB was directed to examine the operational utility of future generations of submarines and the impact of the littoral environment on submarine design and operation. Although tasked specifically to look at post Virginia-class design, the DSB strongly endorsed Virginia, calling it a major step forward. Secondly, the DSB report emphasized that in the 21st century threat environment, submarine stealth will be an increasingly valuable commodity. The Board, reasoning that future CINCs will have an increasing need for submarines, called for more, not fewer SSNs.
Again, I want to thank all of you who contributed to the successful start of UNDERSEA WARFARE. May God bless all of you and your families as we begin the New Year.
U.S. Submarine Force Vision
The U.S. Submarine Force will remain the worlds preeminent Submarine Force. We will aggressively incorporate new and innovative technologies to maintain dominance throughout the maritime battlespace. We will promote the multiple capabilities of submarines and develop tactics to support national objectives through battlespace preparation, sea control, supporting the land battle, and strategic deterrence. We will fill the role of the Joint Commanders stealthy, full spectrum expeditionary platform.