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Photo USS OhioSorbet Royal 2005

If there is one constant within the Submarine Force, it is continual adaptation and transformation to meet emerging needs. Before World War II, for example, most people thought of submarines only as scouts for locating hostile forces and then finishing off enemy ships that the surface fleet had already damaged. For many months after the attack on Pearl Harbor, however, submarines were virtually the sole offensive weapons remaining in the Pacific Fleet. Moreover, during the rest of the war, submarines added Special Forces operations, Intelligence, Surveillance, and Reconnaissance (ISR), and shore attack to its anti-shipping missions. more>>

 

What's the USE?
The UnderSea Enterprise Sets the Course of the Submarine Force

The Undersea Enterprise is composed of all stakeholders and resources supporting or operating SSNs, SSGNs, SSBNs, fixed surveillance, or mobile surveillance forces. The primary elements of the Enterprise and its Resource Sponsors include dollars and manpower for current and future platform and crew readiness. Commander Naval Submarine Forces (CSF), the head of the Undersea Enterprise, sets the strategy, priorities, requirements, and overarching direction for suppliers, resource sponsors, and producers to ensure a quality product for the enterprise customers. more>>

 

Photo Capt. Bruce GroomsCreating Opportunities
Naval Academy Commandant of Midshipmen Molds Future Sumarine Warriors

by Mike Smith

Capt. Bruce Grooms, the 81st Commandant of Midshipmen at the U.S. Naval Academy, was commissioned in 1980 after graduating from the Academy with a Bachelor of Science degree in Aerospace Engineering. Among his many assignments, Capt. Grooms has served as the Executive Officer of USS Pasadena (SSN-752), Commanding Officer of USS Asheville (SSN-758), and as Commander, Submarine Squadron SIX. The 1999 winner of the Vice Adm. Stockdale Award for Leadership, he holds a Master’s degree in National Security and Strategy Studies from the Naval War College and attended Stanford University as a National Security Affairs Fellow. more>>

 

Photo Slocum gliderSubmarine Makes First Launch of an Underwater Glider

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

In a first for the U.S. Navy, an underwater glider was launched with the aid of Navy divers from the Dry Deck Shelter onboard USS Buffalo (SSN-715) on Nov. 14.
The glider is a uniquely mobile network component capable of moving to specific locations and depths, occupying controlled spatial and temporal grids. Driven in a saw tooth vertical profile by variable buoyancy, the glider moves horizontally and vertically. more>>

 

Illustration Sea Predator LaunchSea Predator
A Vision for Tommorrow's Autonomous Undersea Weapons

by Dr. Ray Widmayer and Dr. Scott C. Truver

Question: What weapon can meet all of these demanding challenges? One that: to be operational after deployment, requires no person in the loop, can be located many miles from any manned ship, will wait patiently, possibly for months, until the enemy approaches, will attack with great success when the enemy does appear, upon the end of a pre-determined lifetime, will automatically sterilize, rendering itself harmless, serves as a force multiplier, reducing the number of manned platforms required more>>

 

Photo USS Louisville returning homeHome for the Holidays
Submariners Return Home from Deployments and Training

 

 

 

 

Photo F-4The Loss and Salvage of F-4
A Historic Milestone

by Capt. (Ret.) Willard Searle, Jr., USN and Thomas Gray Curtis, Jr.

After the Spanish-American War in 1898, Spain ceded the Philippines and Guam to the United States, and American Samoa and Hawaii were soon added as additional Pacific territories. Because San Pedro, the principal U.S. naval base on the West Coast, was so remote from the Central and Western Pacific, the decision was made in 1904 to build another naval base at Pearl Harbor to better protect U.S. territories farther west.
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