On the Cover
U.S. Navy civilian contractor Nate Kibbler is lowered into the water while manning the Atmospheric Diving System (ADS 2000). The suit was launched off USS Grasp (ARS-51) in support of the NATO submarine escape and rescue exercise Sorbet Royal 2005, which ran this June. The suit is designed to protect a diver down to 2,000 feet and Sorbet Royal 2005 was the first operational test of the ADS 2000 suit since the U.S. Navy acquired it. Chief Petty Officer Mark Schleef (SW/DV) and civilian contractor David Diepenhorst also piloted the suit during the exercise.
On the Back
”SSBN Homecoming“ by Lt. Cmdr. J. Carl Hartsfield. Lt. Cmdr. Hartsfield is a U.S. Navy submarine officer and is a self-taught artist who began painting in 2001. His medium is water based acrylics on canvas.
Lt. Cmdr. Hartsfield has served on the fast attack submarines USS Los Angeles (SSN-688) and USS Parche (SSN-683). He is currently a master’s candidate in a cooperative program between the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution. His next assignment will be Executive Officer of USS Nevada (SSBN-733)(B).