Encompassing the diverse spectrum that is our Submarine Force, the 7th Annual Undersea Warfare Photo Contest provides a unique glimpse into the Silent Service. From the command presence of a skipper and his Sailor on the bridge to ASW operations, these photos are a snapshot of who we are and what we do. With the commissioning of USS Virginia (SSN-774) and USS Jimmy Carter (SSN-23), the first and last boats in the Virginia and Seawolf-classes respectively, the past year was filled with important milestones and innovation for our Force. From boats on their way to decommissioning – USS Portsmouth (SSN-707) – to the most technologically advanced submarines joining the Submarine Force – Jimmy Carter – many of the photos we received illustrated these milestones, along with photos of submarines underway, submariners training aboard their boats, and those providing a vigilant watch over our fleet.

The winners of the Annual Photo Contest, co-sponsored each year by the Naval Submarine League (NSL), will be honored at the annual NSL Symposium held in Washington, D.C. in June. The winners were also awarded cash prizes up to $500! Another perk for submitting a winning entry is that they are published here in UNDERSEA WARFARE.

A sincere thank you goes out to all those who submitted photos for this year’s contest. The pictures shown here include both our winning entries and others that were considered some of the best we received.

First Place

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Cmdr. Kevin Brenton and Petty Officer 3rd Class Adan Rodriguez of USS Portsmouth (SSN-707), during her final cruise to their new homeport, Norfolk, VA where Portsmouth is scheduled for decommissioning in October 2005.

Photo by Petty Officer 1st Class David Levy

Cover of Undersea Warfare Magazine Winter 2005