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The Official Magazine of the U.S. Submarine Force

U.S. Submarines…Because Stealth Matters

VADM Kirk H. Donald
Commander, Naval Submarine Forces
Commander, Submarine Force, U.S. Atlantic Fleet

RADM Paul F. Sullivan
Deputy Commander, Naval Submarine Forces
Commander, Submarine Force, U.S. Pacific Fleet

RADM(sel) Michael C. Tracy
Director, Submarine Warfare

CAPT Greg Vaughn
Commander, Undersea Surveillance

LCDR Robert S. Mehal
COMNAVSUBFOR Public Affairs Officer

CDR Kelly Merrell
COMSUBPAC Public Affairs Officer

LCDR Scott Young
Military Editor

Edward C. Whitman
Senior Editor

JOC Michael Foutch
Military Editor

Kelley Kulina
Managing Editor

BlueWater Agency
Layout & Design

Lakisha Ferebee
Website 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.