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.
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.