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MM3 Seth Buehnerkemper looks for contacts while standing watch on the bridge of the Los Angeles-class attack submarine USS Toledo (SSN-769) while the Officer of the Deck (OOD), LTJG Daniel Cavanagh, uses a handheld GPS in addition to the submarine’s portable commercial radar display. The crew used their 10-day port visit to Bahrain as a work period to perform a mid-deployment upkeep. To read more about Toledo, see the ShipsAtSea section .

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“Up Periscope” by Illustrator Draftsman 2nd Class Robert Malin. In 1998, official Navy Artist DM2 Malin was assigned to record the U.S. Navy’s role in RIMPAC 98, the biannual fleet exercise in the Pacific Ocean. The exercise’s goal is to enhance the tactical capabilities of participating units in major aspects of maritime operations at sea. In 1998 the exercise took place in the waters off Hawaii and included participants from six Pacific nations. The U.S. contributed more than 50 ships, 200 aircraft, and 25,000 military men and women from all services. To learn more about the evolution of periscopes such as those in this painting, see “Eyes from the Deep: A History of U.S. Navy Submarine Periscopes” .

DM2 Malin, a self-taught artist with no formal training, was born in Tauranga, New Zealand to an American father and British mother. DM2 Malin enlisted in the Navy one week after coming to the United States in 1993. His previous assignments include USS Frank Cable (AS-40), USS Detroit (AOE-4), and Naval Submarine Base Kings Bay.

Fall 2004 Cover