Spring 2003  

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

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.

Charting the Course of the Future Navy Giant Shadow Showcases Potential Future Capabilities



Perisher: Submarine Command Training in the Royal Navy
by LCDR Stephen Mack, USN

Nimitz, The Submariner
by RADM Jerry Holland, USN (Ret.)

IMF Celebrates Its 200th Dry-Docking
by Katie Eberling

The Forgotten Theater: U.S. Submarine Operations in the Aleutians in World War II
by Edward C. Whitman


Washington Watch

Battle Efficiency Winners


Letters to the Editor

Operational Depth

Ships at Sea

Back Cover Artwork

5th Annual Undersea Warfare Photo Contest


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CHINFO Merit Award Logo Undersea Warfare
2002 CHINFO Merit Award 2nd Place - Publication for a Specific Audience

On The Cover
LT Todd Santala, Damage Control Assistant aboard USS Florida (SSGN-728) stands watch on the bridge as the guided-missile submarine sails off the coast of the Bahamas. Florida recently participated in Giant Shadow, a Naval Sea Systems Command/Naval Submarine Forces experiment of potential future Submarine Force capabilities. Read more about Giant Shadow and the Navy’s plans to convert four Ohio-class ballistic missile submarines into SSGNs here.

Photo by JOC David Nagle