As the readers of UNDERSEA WARFARE Magazine know, submarining is a demanding activity. Operating the astoundingly complex vessels that keep the peace and protect American interests beneath the surface of the world’s oceans requires a very high level of technical competence. Carrying out the mission of the Silent Service requires a mindset resolutely focused on achieving practical results in an unforgiving environment.

But submariners also know that their demanding world includes moments of surprising beauty. The face of the ocean can assume an infinite variety of patterns, textures and colors as a surfaced submarine passes over it. Today’s nuclear submarine, with its sleek, black, body-of-revolution hull and slender sail, can appear remarkably graceful despite its massive size. The intensity of submariners absorbed in their duties can create vignettes as appealing as an old master painting.

Each year, the Naval Submarine League (NSL) and UNDERSEA WARFARE Magazine cosponsor a photo contest for those who succeed in capturing some of this fleeting beauty. NSL recognized the winners of the 12th Photo Contest during its annual Symposium Oct. 20-21. The photos shown here include the picture that won the $500 first prize, the second-and third-place winners, and one runner-up. They also include several pictures that demonstrate the high quality of many of the other entries we received. UNDERSEA WARFARE thanks all those who participated in this year’s contest.

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1st place

Petty Officer 1st Class Darryl Wood
USS Memphis (SSN-691)


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2nd Place
Chief Petty Officer
Josh Thompson

The piloting party of the
submarine USS Texas
(SSN 775) moors the ship at its new homeport,
Naval Station Pearl Harbor.

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3rd Place
William Kenny

The Submarine Multi-Mission Team
Trainer at the Naval Submarine School
in Groton, Conn.

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Honorable Mention
John Narewski

Petty Officer 2nd Class Deronte Mann and his wife share the traditional first kiss moments after
USS Philadelphia (SSN-690) returned from her final deployment on February 3, 2010.


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Clockwise from top left: USS Memphis (SSN-691) (by Petty Officer 1st Class Darryl Wood). USS Alexandria (SSN-757) departs Haifa, Israel on June 15, 2010 while assigned to the Sixth Fleet (by Master Chief Petty Officer Steve Schultze). Sailors scan the horizon through periscopes aboard the attack submarine USS Santa Fe (SSN-763) during a transit of the Pacific Ocean (by Petty Officer 2nd Class Ronald Gutridge). Cmdr. Robert Roncska, commanding officer of USS Texas (SSN-775), conducts an interview with the local media after the submarine arrived at her new homeport, Naval Station Pearl Harbor (by Chief Petty Officer Josh Thompson).

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