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Each year, UNDERSEA WARFARE Magazine collects dozens of photos from the fleet to highlight the unique and diverse community of the Submarine Force. The 9th Annual Photo Contest provides a snapshot of what the Silent Service, as a force, does. From USS Newport News (SSN-750) arriving at the recently disestablished port La Maddalena, Italy to USS San Juan’s (SSN-751) patriotic display just after breaching the surface. This year’s contest also highlights some of the significant milestones the Submarine Force has reached over the past 12 months—the christening of North Carolina
(SSN-777) of the new Virginia-class and the completion of sea trials by USS Ohio (SSGN-726) as she prepares for her first deployment as an SSGN.

The winners of the Annual Photo Contest, co-sponsored each year by the Naval Submarine League (NSL), were honored at the annual NSL Symposium held in late October. The winners were also awarded cash prizes up to $500! And as an added bonus, the photos are featured in this issue of UNDERSEA WARFARE Magazine.

A sincere thank you goes out to all those who submitted photos for this year’s contest. The pictures shown here include both our winning entries and others that were considered some of the best we received.

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1st Place
Wendy Hallmark

USS Ohio (SSGN-726) departing Puget Sound Naval Shipyard, Bremerton, Wash. for sea trials.

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2nd Place
Petty Officer 1st Class Christina Shaw

Sponsor Linda Anne Rich Bowman christens the submarine North Carolina (SSN-777) during
a ceremony at Northrop Grumman Newport News (NGNN) shipyard as Commander, Submarine Force, Vice Adm. John J. Donnelly, and NGNN President Mike Petters look on.

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3rd Place
Capt. J.M. Hughes

USS Newport News (SSN-750) approaching La Maddalena with Sardinia in the background.

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Honorable Mention
Bob McLain

Immediately after surfacing during a cruise aboard USS San Juan (SSN-751).

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As the sun sets, USS Alaska (SSBN-732) transits
surfaced in the shallows of the Caribbean.
Photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class Jonathan Miske.

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A double rainbow emerges over the bridge of
USS Flasher (SS-249) following a summer squall.
Photo by Wendy S. Gulley

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Family and friends of USS Connecticut (SSN 22)
crewmembers gather on the shoreline of the Thames
River to watch as the boat leaves on deployment.
Photo by Wendy S. Gulley.

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Some crew members look on as USS Providence (SSN-719)
enters one of the Mira Flores Locks on the Panama Canal.
Photo by Cmdr. Mike Holland.