USS Jimmy Carter

In a Class of its Own USS Jimmy Carter Commissioning Increases Multi-Mission Capability of the U.S. Submarine Force

Sailors raced aboard the world’s newest, quietest, and most heavily-armed nuclear-powered, fast-attack submarine Feb. 19, to “bring to life” USS Jimmy Carter (SSN-23). Named for the 39th President of the United States, the vessel was commissioned in a ceremony at Naval Submarine Base (SUBASE) New London. More>>

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NUWC’s Experiment in Connectivity Yields
Large Pay Off for SCC

by Steven Wernicki

Traditionally, Submarine Multi-Mission Team Trainer (SMMTT) systems at shore-based Fleet Attack Centers have supported only those torpedo variants that have been approved for warfighting and deployed in great numbers. This presented a problem to Submarine Command Course (SCC) students who received their shore-based training on an SMMTT but were then required to exercise more “advanced” torpedo configurations during their at-sea trials. These later torpedo configurations represent the next set of torpedo operational improvements targeted for release to the fleet in the Torpedo Advanced Processor Build (APB) cycle, and they are employed during SCC and other fleet exercises to gather as much real-world, in-water data as possible while providing the fleet with a useable exercise weapon. More>>

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Navy Unveils UUV Master Plan – New Capabilities, New Vehicle Classes
by Hunter Keeter

Building upon a vision first published in 2000, the U.S. Navy has released an updated Unmanned Undersea Vehicle (UUV) Master Plan. The new master plan offers detailed insight into nine capabilities that analysts have associated with UUVs: intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance; mine countermeasures; anti-submarine warfare; inspection and identification; oceanography; communication and navigation networking; payload delivery; information operations; and time-critical strike. More>>

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A Training Vision for the Information Age of Warfare
by CAPT Arnold Lotring, USN

Like it or not – be comfortable with it or not – the Information Age of Warfare is here, and it challenges every previously-held assumption that we depended on during the Industrial Age of Warfare. The ongoing “Revolution in Training” has forced the shore training community to make an honest assessment of the state of training today and to use sound analytical processes to determine the changes needed to shape a training strategy for the Information Age of Warfare. More>>

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USS Scranton Brings Submarine’s
Perspective to MBGIE Exercise

by JOC Mark Piggott, USN

The fast-attack submarine USS Scranton (SSN-756) demonstrated that submarines are an integral part of the Navy’s strike and battle group framework during its participation in the Multi-Battle Group Inport Exercise (MBGIE), Feb. 7-11. This was the first time joint (Army and Air Force) and coalition forces used the Navy’s Continuous Training Environment infrastructure and Joint Forces Command’s Joint Training and Experimentation Network for training, and Scranton was a key element of the exercise’s success. More>>

Crew member of Emory S. Land Welding
Emory S. Land’s Crewmembers Put New
Perspective on ‘Shore Duty’

by Master Sgt. Hak Haskins, U.S. Army

On Feb. 4, the goal of the Army’s 276th Maintenance Company in Kuwait was to add additional steel protection, or up-armor, 300 vehicles before the close of business. That single-day total wasn’t going to set the bench mark for production, though; it was just a day’s work. In January alone, the 276th and its companion company up-armored 6,600 vehicles in a production system that Chief Warrant Officer Randal Joeckel called “an Army factory.” More>>


Dive Tower Sailor Returns to Hawaii
by JOC(SW/AW) David Rush, USN

Thirty-five years after he trained Sailors how to escape from stricken submarines, a former Navy deep-sea diver returned to Pearl Harbor, where he spent four years aloft, but underwater. The 100-foot high Dive Tower, located on the former Submarine Base, is no longer in operation, but it once served as an escape training facility for submariners should their submarine suffer a catastrophic casualty at sea. According to retired Gunner’s Mate 2nd Class Mark Branlund, his experience here was truly a unique opportunity. “I tried out for UDT (Underwater Demolition Team) but they wouldn’t take me because of my eyesight. I ended up giving all of the UDT qualification tests here at the Submarine Base and then as an instructor for Seal Teams One and Two, and Marine Reconnaissance and Demolition Teams,” said Branlund. More>>

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The Forgotten Submariner

by Thomas Holian

The evolution of the submarine, from its infancy through the American Civil War, enjoys a fairly well-documented, if perhaps not popularly well-known, place in history. The earliest description of how a diver might be supplied with air beneath the waves is found in the writings of Aristotle, who described what is essentially a diving bell. By submerging inside a weighted object shaped roughly like an upside-down bucket, the diver can breathe the air trapped inside. More>>

Cover of Undersea Warfare Magazine Winter 2005