The year 2000 marks the end of both the American Century and the first American Submarine Century. Following acceptance trials of his submersible Holland VI, inventor John Holland sold it to the Navy for $160,000 on 11 April 1900 - ever since celebrated as the traditional anniversary date of the U.S. Submarine Force. This 64-ton submarine, commissioned as USS Holland (SS-1) in Oct 1900, became the first in a line of vessels that would devastate the Japanese Navy in World War II and play a prominent role in the outcome of the Cold War. In celebrating the Submarine Centennial, our Navy recognizes the enormous contributions of both American submariners and those involved with building and supporting our innovative submarines since the dawn of this century. Many talented men and women, supported by the finest, most understanding families in the world, played key roles in the technical and operational advances made by American submarines. A quick review of some of the accomplishments of our Submarine Force is instructive:
Unparalleled innovation and enormous accomplishment in both peace and war highlight our rich Submarine Force history. Every American bluejacket and citizen can be proud of this legacy. Throughout the country, the upcoming year will be marked by Sailors, veterans and submarine fans celebrating the Submarine Force Centennial. Come join us.
Since 1900, our submarines have evolved from small submersibles with limited capability, to proven warfighters in World War II, to today's nuclear-powered, multi-mission warships. Nearly 100 years of technological innovation and flexible adaptation to changing strategic and defense needs have made today's Submarine Force ready and able to respond decisively across the spectrum of conflict. The Submarine Force is poised to enter its second century of undersea dominance with the most highly-trained people and advanced platforms in history.
Events: For a complete list of Centennial events see the centennial web site at www.navy.mil, and click the large "Submarine Centennial" button on the top left portion of the page. The following are the six "Flagship" events:
Stamp: First Day of Issue. On 13 October, the U.S. Postal Service (USPS) announced
that a series of five submarine stamps would be issued to commemorate the Submarine
Centennial. In a philatelic first, USPS also announced that "prestige" booklet
detailing the history of U.S. submarines would accompany the stamps. The Navy is finalizing first day issuance plans, but expects to have a major event in Groton in April, with additional events planned at all other submarine bases and in Washington D.C. Additional information is available at the USPS website:www.usps.com/images/stamps/2000/subs.htm.
2. Washington Submarine Force Centennial Ball. The major Submarine Ball will occur on Saturday 1 April 2000. This will be a night to remember.
3. Smithsonian Exhibit Opening. A Submarines in the Cold War exhibit will open 12 April 2000 at the Smithsonian's National Museum of American History. The exhibit will contain portions of the control room, sonar room, and maneuvering room taken from two SSNs and an SSBN, as well as a great number of other artifacts. The display will also include a large amount of material devoted to Cold War history with emphasis on how various types of submarine missions aided U.S. military preparedness. The exhibit will explain the value of submarine intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance by showing video, still photography and acoustic recordings taken during Cold War missions.
4. SUBLANT International Submarine Visit. Planning is underway, and a number of nations will be invited to participate in festivities planned for Norfolk in mid-June.
5. SUBPAC International Submarine Visit. In conjunction with the traditional RIMPAC exercises, a number of submarines from allied nations are expected to participate in celebrations planned from May through July 2000.
6. San Diego Fleet Week. Planning has started, with highlights expected to include a new exhibit at the San Diego Maritime Museum, and visits by SSNs, USS Dolphin (AGSS-555) and several DSRVs.
Many regional and local events will need volunteer assistance. Get involved! Contact the organizations listed as POCs on the Centennial website for more information. Please contact CDR Mike Poirier, N87C1 (Submarine Force Centennial Coordinator), or CDR James Taylor, N87P (Submarine Force Centennial Liaison Officer) at email@example.com. TYCOM POCs are CDR Beci Brenton (CSL PAO) at 757-836-1650 or e-mail: Submarinefirstname.lastname@example.org and LCDR Dave Werner (CSP PAO) at 808-471-0911 or e-Mail: email@example.com
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Submarine Centennial Jack.
Centennial Jacks have been procured and are currently being distributed to all units. Each active U.S. submarine and submarine tender will receive six regular and three holiday Jacks for the entire year. Every effort should be made to preserve the Jacks, as quantities are extremely limited and production lead-time is quite long. SECNAVINST 105020.5 applies.
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