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Underwater Teamwork
Submariners, SEALs, and Navy Divers Bring
Increased Capabilities to the Fleet

When combatant commanders need the latest intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance (ISR) – and they need it now – they turn to the Navy’s “underwater team.” Consisting of elements from three different Navy warfare specialties (SEALS, divers, and submarines), the underwater team is able to leverage their unique capabilities and expertise and provide a boots on the ground – or in some cases “fins in the water” – presence that is required in today’s modern security environment.more>>

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

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q amp;A: Undersea Dominance
A Submarine Force for the Future

Rear Adm. Joe Walsh was relieved as Director, Submarine Warfare (OPNAV N87) in July of this year, serving in this billet since May 2004, and reported as Commander, Submarine Force, U.S. Pacific Fleet (COMSUBPAC) in August.more>>

by Mike Smith

IMF Innovation Makes Real Time
Situation Awareness a Reality

After months of research, testing, and evaluation at Puget Sound Naval Shipyard and the Intermediate Maintenance Facility (PSNS and IMF) at Naval Base Kitsap in Bangor, the Chief of Naval Operations (CNO) has authorized the Automatic Identification System (AIS) to be rapidly deployed throughout the Submarine Force.more>>

by Katie Eberling

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Key Elements of the Nation’s Joint Force:
The Ohio-class Guided Missile/SpecOps Submarines

On Feb. 7, 2006 the special-operations/guided-missile submarine USS Ohio (SSGN-726) returned to active duty, her crew anticipating a spectrum of operations and adversaries that no one could have predicted when she was first commissioned in November 1981. Then, at the height of the Cold War, Ohio was armed with 24 of the most powerful weapons ever conceived and was a vital component of the Nation’s “Triad” of nuclear deterrence – along with land-based missiles and manned bombers – against a seemingly implacable Soviet Union.more>>

by Adm. Edmund Glambastiani, USN

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Submarine IDC’s – The Navy’s Most Unique Docs

“DIVE! …DIVE!” A familiar lump fills my throat as the black steel behemoth slips beneath the dark, icy waves of the Atlantic. I reflect on the long hours of drills and operations followed by short stints of one-eye, one-ear open sleep during the weeks ahead. My experience has taught me the exact tone and vibration caused by the berthing door being opened by a shipmate headed to my bunk. I am part doctor, nurse, pharmacist, health inspector, psychologist, health physicist, shipmate, brother, submariner…
I am “Doc”.more>>

by Senior Chief Petty Officer Kevin Boyce, USN

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Submarine Force’s Best Junior Officers
Embark on Unique Journey

They are not only the best and brightest junior officers on their respective boats; they are the most promising junior officers in their squadrons.more>>

by Mike Smith

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Albacore: Forerunner to the Future
Innovative Submarine Shapes the Future
of the U.S. Submarine Force

“When in doubt, think speed.” This was the guidance Vice Adm. Charles “Swede” Momsen, Assistant Chief of Naval Operations for Undersea Warfare, gave to designers in 1949 as they began work on the U.S. Navy’s newest submarine.more>>

by Julie Scraford

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USS Florida Readies for Full Operation

The guided-missile submarine USS Florida (SSGN-728) arrived at its new home of Naval Submarine Base Kings Bay, Ga., April 11, after completing the submarine’s three-year refueling and conversion at Norfolk Naval Shipyard in Portsmouth, Va.more>>

by Chief Petty Officer 1st Class
Donald Rule, USN

 

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