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Happy Holidays! As we enter into 2014, I trust those who were blessed to be home for the holidays were able to spend some well-deserved time with friends and families. For those who were away, thank you again for keeping the watch.

This edition of UNDERSEA WARFARE Magazine focuses on our Naval Shipyards. There is simply not enough appreciation for the men and women who put in the hard work necessary to repair and modernize our ships, keeping them in excellent material condition, ready for operations throughout the oceans of the world. As our force ages and submarines approach their expected service life (and in some cases more), maintaining the fleet is becoming more challenging. Getting all the necessary repairs done in the future requires an ongoing commitment to invest in our repair capability, plan maintenance carefully, and execute maintenance with precision. Our naval shipyards rise to these challenges. They continue to deliver world-wide, quality maintenance, returning ships to the material readiness required by the United States Navy and the men and women who serve on them.

As Submariners, we will continue to capitalize on our unique capability to access denied areas, enable follow-on joint force access, and continue to fight on the leading edge. Every man and woman who fights, supports, and repairs our ships is a member of this elite, high performance team and is fundamental to our undersea success.

I am proud of you all.

Vice Adm. Connor Signature

M. J. Connor