13th Annual Undersea Warfare Photo Contest Winners
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Each year, the Naval Submarine League (NSL) and UNDERSEA WARFARE Magazine team up to sponsor a photo contest. The spring 2011 issue of UNDERSEA WARFARE announced NSL's 13th Annual Photo Contest with the time-honored submarine slogan: "Any time. Anywhere. Always ready. Always there." No words more fittingly describe the Submarine Force's many achievements over the past year.

To name just a few, Submariners partnered with other U.S. and Allied forces to prevent Libyan dictator Moammar Gadhafi from massacring his people. They braved the unforgiving cold and ice of the Arctic in ICEX 2011, ensuring our ability to operate in that increasingly important region. And eight Sailors took voluntary leave to give a helping hand in Joplin, Mo., assisting residents in recovering from a devastating tornado. Building on this ongoing record of achievement, Submarine Force leadership unveiled the Design for Undersea Warfare to refine how U.S. undersea forces operate in today's environments, stay prepared for warfighting at short notice, and maintain the nation's dominance in the undersea domain for the long haul.

The photo contest winners are not only outstanding examples of the photographer's art; they bring to mind some of the things that keep our Submarine Force looking good in every respect. The dramatically lighted study of an attack submarine coming out of dry dock symbolizes the dedication of all the people who support the Force in government and industry facilities ashore.

The charming portrait of an officer amused by female spectators' custom of kissing uniformed marchers in the Savannah, Ga., St. Patrick's Day parade highlights Americans' appreciation for what Submariners do. The picture of men seeing off an aircraft in an empty expanse of pale blue sky and snow-covered ice evokes both the adventure and the isolation of a Submariner's world. Finally, the image of a little girl waving a colored streamer at a blurred submarine sail reminds us what it's all about — keeping America safe for future generations.

Kudos to this year's winners, and to all those whose achievements they represent!

1st Place Winner, caption follows

1st Place

Chris Oxley
This year's first prize goes to a photographer in the Communications Department of Newport News Shipbuilding who heard of the photo contest for the first time this spring and submitted this night shot of USS Newport News (SSN 750) as she came out of dry dock at the shipyard.


2nd Place Winner, caption follows

2nd Place

Petty Officer 1st Class James Kimber
Lt. j.g. Kerry McCauley, a supply officer in the USS Alaska (SSBN 732) Gold crew, smiles after receiving a kiss during the 2011 St. Patrick's Day Parade in Savannah, Ga., where it is traditional for female spectators to kiss uniformed participants.


3rd Place Winner; caption follows

3rd Place

Chief Petty Officer (ret.) Hector Castillo
The USS Connecticut (SSN 22) bridge team and members of a field party from the Navy Arctic Submarine Lab's Ice Camp observe a U.S. Coast Guard C-130 flyover during ICEX 2011.


Honorable Mention; caption follows

Honorable Mention

Petty Officer 2nd Class Danna M. Morris
A child greets her father's boat, USS Albany (SSN 753), returning to Norfolk, Va.,
at the end of a six-month deployment.


Other Notable Entries

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Petty Officer 1st Class Ted Marsh, Trident Refit Facility mooring supervisor,
directs line handlers mooring USS Alaska (SSBN 732) at Naval Submarine
Base Kings Bay, Ga.
Photo by Petty Officer 1st Class James Kimber.

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Lt. Paul Galatro, first to disembark when USS Pasadena (SSN 752)
returned to Pearl Harbor after a six-month deployment,
meets his baby daughter for the first time.
Photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class Ronald Gutridge.

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Air Force Gen. C. Robert Kehler, commander, U.S. Strategic Command,
addresses the blue and gold crews of USS Rhode Island (SSBN 740) at
a ceremony where Rhode Island received the Omaha Submarine Ballistic
Missile Trophy, recognizing her as the best Trident submarine of 2010.
Photo by Petty Officer 1st Class James Kimber.

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