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Dragon EyeUSS Albany Launches Experimental UAV
Illustrates Potential Benefits of Stealth Technology to Submarine Force

by Petty Officer 1st Class Jennifer Spinner, USN

On July 20, 2005 the first-ever launch of an Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) from a surfaced submarine was a great success – proving the expanded utility of a technology already in use by United States Marines. Despite its small size, the UAV has the potential to expand the role of the Submarine Force in the Global War on Terrorism significantly, according to USS Albany (SSN-753) Executive Officer, Lt. Cmdr. Rob Jezek. “It’s exciting to be a part of this launch,” said Jezek. “This technology extends the submarine’s reach. We already pride ourselves on being stealthy, and the Advanced Tactical Recce (ATR) capability within the UAV adds to our range of senses. more>>


Space Shuttle DiscoveryNASA & the U.S. Submarine Force: Benchmarking Safety

by Ned Quinn

When you oversee a $4.5 billion program that launches teams of astronauts into space using some of the most complicated vehicles on the planet, you have few peers. So, whom do you turn to for advice on working your safety program? Who offers a model for the safety, quality assurance, and program management tools that you need to develop to meet current and foreseeable challenges? Whose lessons-learned can you learn from? For the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), which was looking to answer these questions in 2002, the choice was clear: The U.S. Navy’s Submarine Force. more>>


Using a compassSubmarine Force ETs Required to Qualify as ANAVs, Take Leadership Role Aboard Subs

by Chief Petty Officer (SW/AW) David Rush, USN

Sailors in the Submarine Force are welcoming a change announced last month that requires all Submarine Navigation Electronics Technicians to qualify as Assistant Navigators (ANAVs). Lt. Cmdr. Michael Whitt, COMSUBPAC Personnel Readiness Officer, said the change means that all submariners holding the ET rating will eventually be required to become a certified ANAV. “By your second tour as a Navigation Electronics Technician, you’ll have to complete ANAV qualifications within 24 months,” said Whitt. more>>


HNLMS Karel DoormanDutch Perisher Course
Tests Mettle of International Submariners

by Lt. Cmdt. Rich Massie, USN

In 1917, the Royal Navy (RN) established a formal submarine commander’s qualifying course in response to unacceptable British submarine losses in WWI. Informally known as “Perisher” because of its high attrition rate, the RN Submarine Command Course (SMCC) was credited with reducing United Kingdom submarine losses in WWII. After WWII, the Royal Navy began training command candidates from allied navies, including the Royal Netherlands Navy. more>>


9/11 DC PentagonSubmariners Reflect on Joining theNavy After 9.11

by Chief Petty Officer (SW/AW) David Rush, USN

Like many serving in the Armed Forces, many of today’s submariners answered the call to duty as a result of the terrorist attacks on Sept. 11, 2001. Now, four years later, submariners reflect on their decision to join the Navy. Petty Officer 2nd Class (SS) Ben Warren, a former crewmember of USS Chicago (SSN-721), is currently serving on the staff of Commander Submarine Force, U.S. Pacific Fleet. More>>


Sailor escapes Italian subPractice Makes Perfect
Perfection is Paramount in Submarine Escape and Rescue

by Petty Officer 1st Class Kristina Brockman, USN and Jen Zeldis

Sorbet Royal 2005 provided eleven days of submarine escape and rescue practice for the navies of 24 different nations. Because submariners accept the fact that even their normal duty has significant dangers, practicing new technologies and techniques for submarine escape and rescue is a necessity. Sorbet Royal was designed to be the most challenging escape and rescue live exercise ever conducted. more>>


K-219Loss of a Yankee SSBN

by Captain 1st Rank (Ret.) Igor Kurdin, Russian Navy and Lt. Cmdr. Wayne Grasdock, USN

During the Cold War, as the United States military trained primarily to fight and win major theater wars, the country as a whole pursued a strategy of containing the Soviet Union and the seven satellite nations in Eastern Europe who signed the Treaty of Friendship and Mutual Assistance in Warsaw on May 15, 1955. Led by men like First Secretary Josef Stalin, First Secretary Nikita Khrushchev, and Admiral S.G. Gorshkov, the Soviet Union pursued the development of a modern and innovative fleet. By 1986, the Soviets had amassed a Navy that Secretary of the Navy John F. Lehman described as follows: more>>


Swim callEmbarked!
Midshipmen Experience Submarine Life Aboard USS Maryland

by Petty Officer 2nd Class Andrew Lawing, USN

USS Maryland (SSBN-738)(G) Sailors welcomed aboard more than two dozen guests June 6 and 7 to see what duty is like on a ballistic missile submarine. Unlike the usual distinguished visitors submarine crews host, these guests were Naval Reserve Officer Training Corps (NROTC) Midshipmen, finishing their freshman year at various colleges across the country. more>>