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Hello again from Norfolk!

This edition of UNDERSEA WARFARE Magazine focuses on Submarine Technology.

We are entering an exciting transitional period for our Force with the emergence of future technologies. As our undersea forces will continue to provide national security decision makers with options that no other community can offer, it is imperative that future operations and maritime security include the newest innovations. We need to hone our science and technology, research and development, and acquisition processes to ensure that we have the right capabilities for the future.

The advances in technology, both inside and outside the hull of our submarines, is truly astounding. What I am most excited about is the rapid advancement in capability being generated in the field of Unmanned Undersea Vehicles (UUVs) and submarine-launched Unmanned Air Vehicles (UAVs). UUVs and UAVs will greatly expand the capability of our submarines, allowing us to do more. They bring a set of capabilities that, in the hands of our talented Sailors, will surely translate into a limitless set of practical applications.

We will continue to advance the technology in-hull just as much as we work to bring expanded capability from UUVs. Between the hardware and software innovations that continue to be made each and every day, submarines are not at all what they used to be. I am constantly impressed by these innovations, but more so by our Sailors’ ability to train on the fly and use these new technologies to their maximum potential. I can’t wait to see what new technology may come out tomorrow and how well our Sailors will implement it into our Force.

I am proud of you all.

Vice Adm. Connor Signature

M. J. Connor