Spring 2001 
Vol. 3, No. 3

Undersea Warfare

The Official Magazine of the U.S. Submarine Force

VADM John J. Grossenbacher Commander, Submarine Force, U.S. Atlantic Fleet 
RADM John B. Padgett II
, Submarine Force, U.S. Pacific Fleet 
RADM Paul F. Sullivan
, Submarine Warfare 
CAPT Neil E. Rondorf
, Undersea Surveillance

LCDR Tom Monroe 
Military Editor
CDR Robert S. Mehal 
Public Affairs Officer
LCDR Dave Werner 
Public Affairs Officer

John Whipple 
Managing Editor
Edward C. Whitman 
Senior Editor
Tullier Marketing Communications
Layout & Design


UNDERSEA WARFARE is the professional magazine of the undersea warfare community. Its purpose is to educate its readers on undersea warfare missions and programs, with a particular focus on U.S. submarines. This journal will also draw upon the Submarine Force’s rich historical legacy to instill a sense of pride and professionalism among community members and to enhance reader awareness of the increasing relevance of undersea warfare for our nation’s defense.

The opinions and assertions herein are the personal ones of the authors and do not necessarily reflect the official views of the U.S. Government, the Department of Defense, or the Department of the Navy.

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“Where’s the Nearest Submarine?” 
by RADM Paul F. Sullivan, USN

Status Report: PCU Virginia (SSN-774) 
by CDR Tom Kearney, USN

Small Subs Provide Big Payoffs For Submarine Stealth 
by CDR David M. Fox, USN

Arms Control and the Future Sub Force 
by Ambassador Linton F. Brooks

Regulus: America’s First Sea-borne Nuclear Deterrent 
by Edward C. Whitman

Changing a Subculture from the Inside Out 
by COMSUBPAC Public Affairs

Rising to Victory: The Pacific Submarine Strategy in World War II Part I: Retreat and Retrenchment 
by Edward C. Whitman

The New Depot Modernization Period: Not Your Dad’s Overhaul 
by CDR Donald E. Neubert, USN


Washington Watch 

Centerfold - United States Submarine Force Organization 


Forward Presence

Back Cover Illustration

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On The Cover
This April marks the 101st anniversary of the U.S. Submarine Force! Our cover photo, taken during last year’s Submarine Centennial, features crewmembers from USS Salt Lake City (SSN-716) celebrating the anniversary in an unusual way by taking a dip in an Olympic-sized pool.

Photo by PH2 Aaron Ansarov