Winter 2002  

Undersea Warfare
The Official Magazine of the
U.S. Submarine Force

VADM John J. Grossenbacher Commander, Naval Submarine Forces, 
Commander, Submarine Force,
U.S. Atlantic Fleet
RADM John B. Padgett III 
Deputy Commander

Submarine Forces, 
Commander, Submarine Force, 
U.S. Pacific Fleet
RADM Paul F. Sullivan
, Submarine Warfare 
CAPT Greg Vaughn
, Undersea Surveillance

LCDR Dan Montgomery 
Military Editor
JOC Michael Foutch
Military Editor
LCDR Robert S. Mehal 
COMNAVSUBFOR Public Affairs Officer 
CDR Kelly Merrell 
COMSUBPAC Public Affairs Officer

John Whipple 
Managing Editor
Edward C. Whitman 
Senior Editor
BlueWater Agency
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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 UNDERSEA WARFARE is published quarterly from appropriated funds by authority of the Chief of Naval Operations in accordance with NPPR P-35. The Secretary of the Navy has determined that this publication is necessary in the transaction of business required by law of the Department of the Navy. Use of funds for printing this publication has been approved by the Navy Publications and Printing Policy Committee. Reproductions are encouraged. Controlled circulation.

Photo of MMCM-SS Kevin Kesterson preview of the So you want to be a COB article. So you want to be a COB?
By JO3 Benjamin Keller


Destination: Guam
Crewmembers of USS City of Corpus Christi
Reach Their New Homeport

Story by JO2 Melody D. Scalfone, USN

and photos by PH3 Shawn M. Morrison, USN

NR-1's Summer of Military Missions
and Scientific Exploration

by JO1 (SW / AW) Mark A. Savage, USN

Above-Water Imaging and 
Electronic Warfare Sensors

by Dr. Frank Chan, Carl Lindstrom, David Swanick, 
and Dr. Michael Visich

Alaska is Back! TRIDENT D5
Reaches the Pacific aboard USS Alaska

Complied from various submissions

Vice President Cheney Visits USS Wyoming
by COMSUBGRU TEN Public Affairs

On the China Patrol:
Asiatic Fleet Submarines Between the Wars

by Edward C. Whitman


Washington Watch


Operational Depth

Ships at Sea

Back Cover Artwork




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Photo of the STSSN Shakur. Paragrah follows.

On The Cover
STSSN Shakur stands a tank watch for work being done on the USS Providence's sonar sphere, November 2002. This  photo was taken just after the first snowfall of the year for the Groton, Connecticut area.

Photo by Nicole Hawley, NSSF VISC