Veteran Visits Arizona Memorial
Sixty-four years after the Pearl Harbor attack, survivor Bill Johnson
contemplates the roll of honor inscribed in the USS Arizona Memorial.
He visited the memorial to pay respects to the Sailors killed that
day, particularly his friend and high school buddy, W. N. Royals.
his visit, Johnson met with
Rear Adm. Paul F. Sullivan, Commander,
U.S. Submarine Force U.S. Pacific Fleet, who presented him with
a command memento. He also received a pier-side tour of USS La Jolla
(SSN-701) and toured the Bowfin Museum. Johnson was a Torpedoman
1st Class for seven years, served on USS Holland (AS-3), and made
several war patrols onboard USS Devilfish (SS-292). During his time
on Devilfish, Johnson and his shipmates survived both a kamikaze
attack and an encounter with an enemy minefield.
Officer Receives Naval Institute Honor
by William Kenny, Submarine Learning Center/Naval Submarine
School Public Affairs
In collegiate and university circles,
the maxim is “publish or perish.” Those on the faculty
know that to remain well regarded by their peers and their institution,
they must become writers. For LCDR David Adams, a Prospective Executive
Officer (PXO) Course student, the maxim is more “publish or
submerge”. Adams was recently selected as the Naval Institute’s
Proceedings first-ever recipient of the Battelle Prize for Writing
on Technology and Innovation for his collection of fourteen articles,
which he characterizes as a product of his shore duty time.
“I write about things I’m
passionate about, that I think are really important,” said
Adams. “But the writing isn’t the key so much as communicating
ideas to try to influence the debate on what’s important.
“I’ve always been very
interested in policy and strategy – I really started to write
while I was at Monterey (Naval Postgraduate School) earning my masters
in National Security, and that’s when I started to get things
Adams was inspired early in his
career working for the Secretary of the Navy speechwriter, CDR Neil
Golightly, who encouraged Adams’ writing talents.
Successfully communicating his passions
has resulted in numerous awards for his articles, most recently
the Battelle Prize for an essay on a technology he feels is just
now showing the promise he first glimpsed years ago, electromagnetic
rail guns, which the title of his February 2003 award-wining essay
succinctly captured, “Naval Rail Guns Are Revolutionary”.
Command to Integrate Navy’s ASW Mission
by Eric Beheim, Naval Media Center, Fleet Support Detachment
The establishment of
the Fleet Anti-Submarine Warfare (ASW) Command marks the beginning
of a new era in ASW readiness. Based in San Diego, Fleet ASW Command
was officially established during an April 8 ceremony at the Fleet
Anti-Submarine Warfare Training Center. RADM John J. Waickwicz was
installed as its first commanding officer. Historically, the several
platform communities within the Navy – surface ships, aircraft,
and submarines – have conducted their ASW operations and training
independent of each another. Fleet ASW Command was established specifically
to integrate these efforts under a single authority and make them
The new command comprises
138 military, civilian and contractor personnel. In addition to
its San Diego headquarters, Fleet ASW Command will have detachments
in Norfolk, Virginia and Yokosuka, Japan. Its primary focus will
be on providing standardized ASW training for the entire Navy, assessing
ASW capabilities and readiness throughout the fleet, and implementing
the latest state-of-the-art technology in ASW operations.
During his remarks, guest
speaker ADM Walter F. Doran, Commander, U.S. Pacific Fleet, emphasized
the threat posed by quiet diesel-electric submarines, which nations
such as North Korea, China, and Iran continue to acquire. Deployed
in the open ocean and in coastal waters, these submarines have the
potential to make it difficult for the U.S. Navy to conduct at-sea
operations as well as for joint forces to move ashore from the sea.
Maintaining underwater supremacy through ASW effectiveness remains
a critical core Navy mission.
In establishing the Fleet
ASW Command, the Navy continues to demonstrate its commitment to
maintaining a 21st century naval force that meets national security
needs and retains its operational superiority at sea.