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A Quiet Kentucky Returns to Patrol
by Katie Eberling

After spending more than nine weeks in an unusually complex refit, USS Kentucky (SSBN-737) slipped confidently into the open waters of Hood Canal on 19 April in preparation for her next patrol. With 100,000 production man-hours executed in the completion of more than 1,000 individual jobs, her refit was a first-ever demonstration of a new surge maintenance capability in the Pacific Northwest. more>>

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Q & A: SECNAVs Principle's of Leadership for the U.S. Submarine Force

“America owes a profound debt of gratitude to all those who have volunteered for the silent service,” comments Secretary of the Navy Gordon R. England, about the USS Nautilus’ recent 50th anniversary of her christening. England is only the second person in history to serve twice as Secretary of the Navy and the first to serve in back-to-back terms. more>>

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Five-Vector Model: Focused on Tracking Qualifications
by JOSA Andrew Zask, USN

The Sailor Continuum, or Five-Vector Model (5VM), is a symbol at the core of every Sailor’s personal and professional development. And coming in spring 2004, it will be available for submarine ratings. 5VM is a powerful piece of software, which will allow Sailors to keep track of their careers in the Navy and take credit for their accomplishments. more>>

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NUWCs Distance Chat Capability Gets Thumbs Up from the Fleet
by Robert Iriye, NUWC Division Newport

We’ve all heard warnings about being careful about whom we talk to in a chat room. After all, you never know who’s on the other end of that instant message. But during Operation Enduring Freedom, NUWC Division Newport brought a chat room to a submarine thousands of miles away and started a highly successful distance-support capability for the Tomahawk weapon system. more>>

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USS Cheyenne Submariners Welcome New Firefighting Gear
by JO3 Corwin Colbert, USN

USS Cheyenne (SSN-773) is the fourth Pearl Harbor-based submarine to convert to the SCBA new breathing system. Members of the crew have welcomed the change. “I think SCBAs are wonderful compared to the OBAs,” said Machinist’s Mate 2nd Class Jay Batista of Cheyenne’s Auxiliary Division. “They are more convenient and compartment-accessible.” more>>

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Submarine Veteran Epitomizes Service to Submarine Fleet
by JOC(SW/AW) Mark O. Piggott, USN

VADM Donald was speaking about Thomas R. Nutter, who retired in April after 45 years of service to the Navy and the nation. “Like so many others who served their country both as part of and in support of the submarine service,” the admiral continued, “the public will never appreciate the debt of gratitude this nation owes you.” more>>

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Visiting the Submarine Force Library and Museum
by Thomas Schoene

Arriving at the submarine museum, visitors first encounter a number of displays outside the main building itself. These set the stage for many of the exhibits inside and give the museum a venue for displaying many items that simply will not fit elsewhere. more>>

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Acoustic Intelligence: Charting the Undersea Frontier
by Bob Althage

In the Acoustics Intelligence Laboratory at the Office of Naval Intelligence (ONI), STSCM(SS) Tim Hella and a small cadre of colleagues are charting the elusive sound prints of the still-mysterious ocean frontier. From their work has come an ever-expanding body of knowledge from which new naval tactics and technologies
are derived. more>>

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The School of War: U.S. Submarines in World War I
by Edward C. Whitman

Despite ineffectual attempts by both the Russian and Japanese navies during the Russo-Japanese War (1904-1905) to employ “submarine torpedo boats” in Far Eastern waters, modern submarines received their first real baptism of fire in World War I (1914-1918). Even with the global proliferation of submarines during the first few years of the 20th century, it was the Germans and British who first demonstrated their dangerous potential for undersea warfare in the Atlantic and Mediterranean during 1914 and 1915. In acquiring John Holland’s pioneering Holland VI – the progenitor of all “modern” submarines – in 1900, the U.S. Navy had gained a small head start on its European counterparts. more>>