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Photo of Mrs. Carter christening PCU Jimmy Carter

Former Commander-in-Chief Christens PCU Jimmy Carter
by J03 Steven Feller, USN

With a dousing of champagne and a blessing for “all who sail in her,” former First Lady Rosalynn Carter christened PCU Jimmy Carter (SSN-23) at the General Dynamics Electric Boat shipyard in Groton, Connecticut on 5 June. Mrs. Carter, former President Jimmy Carter, their daughter Amy, and a crowd of more than 4,500 attended the christening of the third and last Seawolf-class submarine. more>>

Photo of PCU Virginia

Hard-charging and Persistent: The Crew of PCU Virginia Looks Ahead
by J03 Steven Feller, USN

Anyone familiar with PCU Virginia (SSN-774) and its capabilities would agree that it is a technological marvel. The first of a new class of fast-attack submarines, this model of innovation is the beginning of a new era for the U.S. Navy’s Submarine Force. more>>

Photo of Mystic

Pacific Reach 2004
U.S. Foreign Navies Practice Submarine Rescue, Foster Cooperation and Improve Interoperability

by LT Kyung "KC" Choi, USN

Although more than 170 submarines have been lost worldwide in non-combat operations in the past hundred years, it was the August 2000 Kursk tragedy, which resulted in the death of the entire crew, that was the catalyst for the submarine community worldwide to begin training together and pooling resources to create a ... more>>

Photo of USS Michigan

SSGN Conversions: Embodying the Sea Power 21 Vision
by Thomas Holian

The U.S. Navy is passing through a time of fundamental change. Older ships and weapon systems that were developed primarily to counter blue-water Cold War threats, with two superpowers butting heads for naval dominion, are now giving way to more modern, versatile designs. Moreover, the demise of the Soviet Union, combined with the rise in global terrorism, has prompted the Navy to shift its focus to the littorals and adopt the Sea Power 21 concept as a fundamental ... more>>

Photo of USS Hampton next to north pole sign

Heading North!
Traveling the Artic Region, U.S. Submarines Find Adventure, New Challenges, and New Friends

by CDR Charles Harris & JOC Kevin Elliot, USNR

The OOD made the report from the darkened Control Room while watching the ship’s Control Party maintain the 7,000-ton submarine completely motionless at 170 feet. It was dark. The Control Room was rigged for low-level light and the OOD’s final sweep on the scope to confirm no ice overhead was in the image intensification mode because of the lack of light. It was early October and the sun was already three degrees below the horizon. more>>

Photo of Colonel Ruperto Kangeleon reporting to General Douglas MacArthur in Tacloban, Leyte

Saviors and Suppliers:
World War II Submarine Special Operations in the Philippines

by Thomas Holian

Anyone happening to glance towards the American fleet-type submarine USS Gudgeon (SS-211) during the night of Sunday, 27 December 1942, as she lay moored to the dock at Fremantle, Australia, might have observed an unusual sight. Seven mess boys boarded the submarine, saluted the colors, and then immediately proceeded down the hatch. No sooner were they below decks than Gudgeon, captained by LCDR William Stovall, Jr., slid away from the dock and quietly maneuvered out to sea. more>>

Photo of Chilean Submarines CS Simpson

Enhances Stability and Increases Interoperability in the Pacific Rim

by JOC(SW/AW) David Rush, USN

Every two years, thousands of Sailors from the allied countries in the Pacific theater converge on Hawaii for the Rim of the Pacific (RIMPAC) exercise. For RIMPAC 2004, more than 18,000 personnel onboard submarines and surface ships from the United States, United Kingdom, Canada, Australia, Japan, South Korea and Chile tested their capabilities in a collaborative maritime effort. The naval assets for RIMPAC 2004 included four U.S. Pacific Fleet nuclear-powered attack submarines, USS Key West (SSN-722), USS Louisville (SSN-724), USS Charlotte (SSN-766), and USS Olympia (SSN-717)), four allied-force diesel submarines, and the nuclear-powered aircraft carrier USS John C. Stennis (CVN-74). Approximately 100 aircraft also participated in the month-long exercise. more>>

Photo of Stern of stricken S-5

Those in Peril - S-5 Incident
by Edward C. Whitman

During the first two decades of its existence,a period that included the First World War, the U.S. Submarine Force suffered no combat losses of submarines and men and relatively few to accidents at sea. Prior to 1920, there had been only two major U.S. submarine disasters – the foundering of USS F-4 (SS-23) off Honolulu in March 1915, with the loss of all hands; and the sinking of USS F-1 (SS-20) in a collision with her sister ship, F-3, near San Diego in December 1917, with 19 deaths. more>>

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Bringing Science to Life
Teaching Science Using Submarine Technology and the ex-USS Narwhal (SSN-671)

by Tom Schram

Do you remember how you learned science in school? How about during your shipboard assignments? What distinguished your “book” learning from the reality of the actual application of your knowledge? Most likely, it was the “hands-on” training typical of submarine duty that made the biggest impression. more>>

Photo of Children using Submarine simulator 

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