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Air Force Special Operations TroopsJoint SPEC OPS: Air Force, Navy Test Rescue Scenario

by Petty Officer 1st Class (SW) Michael Howlett, USN

A U.S. fighter pilot has been shot down. He is injured and behind enemy lines, but he has established communications and is evading the enemy. Time is a critical factor. He needs to be rescued, and he needs to be rescued now. more>>


Future undersea communications networkThe Art of the Possible
Communications at Speed and Depth

by Dr. Scott Truver and Tom Holian

Under the management of the Submarine Integration Program Office (PMW 770), the U.S. Navy has put in place highly-focused connectivity initiatives at the Program Executive Office for C4I and Space in San Diego, California. These efforts are addressing a broad spectrum of technology enablers, including advanced acoustic and acoustic-RF (radio frequency) communications, high-bandwidth satellite communications, and optical-fiber buoys – across all frequency bands... more>>


Swedish Visby-class corvetteUnderwater Stealth: Mine Countermeasures' Ace in the Hole

by John J. Holmes

Stealth is a game played superbly by the Air Force’s F-117 Nighthawk fighter and B-2 Spirit bomber aircraft in attacking heavily-defended targets. Although these airplanes are not completely invisible to radar at close range, their small detection radii, combined with careful mission planning, allows them to slip through gaps in air defense systems1. Some years ago, the U.S. Navy also entered the stealth game with the demonstration ship Sea Shadow2, whose technologies are now being incorporated into the design of the DD(X) destroyer and other surface combatants. Stealth technologies reduce ship susceptibility to detection and tracking by acoustic, ... more>>


Vice Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, Adm. Edmund Giambastiani, Jr.USS Ohio, 1st Guided-Missile Platform, Rejoins Fleet

by Petty Officer 1st Class (SW) Michael S. Howlett and Team Submarine Public Affairs

The first of four Ohio-class TRIDENT missile
submarines being converted to carry guided missiles and Special Operations Forces (SOF) rejoined the fleet in a return to service ceremony at Naval Base Kitsap-Bangor Feb. 7, 2006. In December, USS Ohio (SSGN-726) completed conversion to a guided-missile submarine capable of carrying more than 150 Tomahawk cruise missiles and more than 60 SOF members for extended periods. This conversion is a major step forward in the Navy’s ability to fight the Global War on Terror.
During the ceremony, guest speaker Adm. ... more>>


The Colombian submarine ARC Pijao (S-28)DESI: Diesel Electric Submarine Initiative
A Partnership for Global Security

by Chief Petty Officer (SW/AW) Dave Fliesen, USN

With dim green illumination, sonar technicians study acoustic signatures in search of the latest threat…watching, listening, waiting…as the submarine
quietly approaches…closing to within firing range.
While these might sound like underwater adversaries, they’re actually allies working together to train and test undersea warfare capabilities. more>>




U.S. Naval Observatory, Washington, D.C.The Naval Oceanography Program

by Rear Adm. Fred Byus, USN

Across the U.S. Navy enterprise, we are in an era of transformation. It is an exciting time that is driven by, and driving, a broad spectrum of factors, from the lightning speed of technological change and the revolutionary impact of the Internet, to an uncertain global political landscape and asymmetric threats to our security. The pace of our transformation continues to accelerate. And by necessity, it will continue to accelerate, conceivably throughout the careers of every Sailor and officer who reads this article. more>>


“The Launching – 1 May 1862” by Jim ChristleyAlligator: The Forgotten Torchbearer of the U.S. Submarine Force

by Mike Smith

With his ship wallowing in a Nor’easter off the coast of Cape Hatteras, North Carolina, J. F. Winchester, the captain of the wooden screw steamer USS Sumpter, was faced with a difficult decision − whether to continue on his mission to join the Union attack on Charleston, South Carolina, towing a revolutionary submersible whose likely foundering threatened to sink Sumpter herself – or to cut the towline and save his own ship. Shortly after noon on April 2, 1863, he made his decision, and his tow was set adrift, allowing Sumpter to fight another day. And with that decision, Winchester sent the U.S. Navy’s first submarine – Alligator – to its final resting place among thousands of other wrecks in the “Graveyard of the Atlantic” off Cape Hatteras and – unwittingly – removed Alligator from the annals of naval history for almost 140 years. more>>