U.S. Submarine Force Hones Its Forward Vision

VADM Munns

Submarine Force commander plots course for future
by Chief Petty Officer (SW/AW) Mark Piggot, USN

In a message to his commanders and commanding officers, Vice Adm. Chuck Munns, Commander Naval Submarine Forces, in Norfolk, VA, reflected on the future of the force and looked back at the great strides made by submariners. “We are 21st-century American submariners,” Munns said. “The past year has been one of successfully employing submarines in all corners of the globe to combat the global war on terrorism, to conduct intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance, to deliver special operations forces, and to ‘walk the field’ in our key forward operating areas." More>>

Dragon Eye Launch

submarine force tests uav technology to enhance force protection
by Petty Officer 2nd Class Christina M. Shaw, USN

In February, the Submarine Force conducted a demonstration at Naval Submarine Base Kings Bay, GA. to test the utility of a new type of Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) in supporting force protection. Based on the success of that trial, submariners are excited about the potential advantages of UAVs in force protection and the significant cost savings offered by this technology. More>>


The Health of stealth
NSWC's Carderock Division at Forefront of Naval Innovation

by Mike Smith

“Mission-critical” is a phrase often used and – more often than not – overused, in the defense community. However, one capability that is indeed “mission critical” to the Navy of the future is the ability to function effectively in the littorals. Assuring access to the littorals and then operating there safely and successfully despite the threats inherent in shallow water and nearby coastlines is a key objective of the research and development programs at the Naval Sea Systems Command’s (NAVSEA’s), Naval Surface Warfare Center (NSWC) and their flagship facilities at its Carderock Division. More>>


What makes a good co?

Force readiness depends fundamentally on the superb judgment of our submarine Commanding Officers, and consequently, CO decision-making is one of the primary product lines of the Undersea Enterprise. Our PCO Instructors are charged with developing submarine COs who are both bold and confident. They refine their decisiveness, teach them the art of effective execution and follow-through, and challenge their capacity to decide the best course of action in the face of uncertainty and ambiguity. More>>

NPS Aerial Photo
naval post graduate school pushes usw envelope
by Barbara Honegger

Future naval battles in the littoral and defense of the Sea Base, carriers, and other high value assets may rely on mission-critical undersea warfare (USW) expertise gained by USW students at the Naval Postgraduate School (NPS). Take NPS operations research student Lt. James Von St. Paul and his thesis research on an undersea “Star Wars,” for example: When the Applied Research Laboratory at Pennsylvania State University needed quick-turnaround research assistance on the first anti-torpedo torpedo, they turned to interdisciplinary USW faculty-student teams at NPS in Monterey, CA. More>>

USS Peto

Cold war strategic asw
U.S. Submarines Keep Vigilant Watch on Soviet Strategic Missile Submarines

by Norman Polmar and Kenneth J. Moore

Soviet strategic missile submarines were the greatest naval threat to the United States during the Cold War. Accordingly, strategic antisubmarine warfare (ASW) became a major role of the U.S. Navy, especially the attack submarines. This excerpt from Cold War Submarines: The Design and Construction of U.S. and Soviet Submarines by Normal Polmar and Kenneth J. Moore briefly describes the development of strategic ASW. Cold War Submarines was written in collaboration with the Rubin and Malachite design bureaus, which developed most of the Soviet submarine projects of the Cold War, as well as other Russian agencies. Mr. Polmar is a leading naval author, analyst, and historian; Mr. Moore, president of the Cortana Corporation, is a submarine technologist. More>>

Group Photo of Juinior Officers of the Year

Junior officers of the year storm washington D.C.
by Jen Zeldis

With visits to the Capitol, the White House, and the Pentagon, you might think the pack of 18 submariners who came to Washington, Mar. 2 was just a standard group of tourists. However, these were VIPs, here for a series of insider tours and meetings with top-level officers in recognition of their designation as the Submarine Force’s 2004 Junior Officers of the Year (JOOY). Using a series of professional boards and competitions, each squadron and submarine tender selected its own JOOY based on shiphandling, tactical, navigation, and casualty-control skills. More>>


Between Fleet Scouts and Commerce Raiders
Submarine Warfare Theories and Doctrines
in the German and U.S. Navies, 1935-1945

by Dr. Randy Papadopoulos

Writing in late 1942, Rear Admiral Kurt Aßmann, head of the German Kriegsmarine’s Historical Office, authored an article entitled “Transformations in the Conduct of War at Sea” (“Wandlungen der Seekriegsführung”). In that piece, Aßmann argued the naval power of Germany had finally overcome Allied maritime superiority by pursuing its new strategy of economic warfare, called cruiser warfare (Kreuzerkrieg). More>>

RADM Cassias

Cassias relieves Sullivan
as Commander Submarine Force, U.S. Pacific Fleet
by Chief Petty Officer (SW/AW) David Rush, USN

Rear Adm. Jeffrey B. Cassias relieved Rear Adm. Paul F. Sullivan as Commander Submarine Force, U.S. Pacific Fleet in a change of command ceremony onboard USS Pasadena (SSN-752), April 20, 2005.
Guest speaker, Adm. Walter F. Doran, Commander U.S. Pacific Fleet, said that Cassias is ready to take the helm of COMSUBPAC. “I look forward to working with you. I know that you are the right man to guide this command and this community. There will be challenges, perhaps great challenges, but I have the utmost confidence in your ability to lead this force,” said Doran. More>>

Cover of Undersea Warfare Magazine Winter 2005