Winter/Spring 2002

Undersea Warfare
The Official Magazine of the U.S. Submarine Force

VADM John J. Grossenbacher Commander, Submarine Force, U.S. Atlantic Fleet 
RADM John B. Padgett II
, Submarine Force, U.S. Pacific Fleet 
RADM Paul F. Sullivan
, Submarine Warfare 
CAPT Greg Vaughn
, Undersea Surveillance

LCDR Tom Monroe 
Military Editor
JOC Michael Foutch
Military Editor
LCDR Robert S. Mehal 
COMSUBLANT Public Affairs Officer 
LCDR Kelly Merrell 
COMSUBPAC Public Affairs Officer

John Whipple 
Managing Editor
Edward C. Whitman 
Senior Editor
BlueWater Agency
Layout & Design


UNDERSEA WARFARE is the professional magazine of the undersea warfare community. Its purpose is to educate its readers on undersea warfare missions and programs, with a particular focus on U.S. submarines. This journal will also draw upon the Submarine Force�s rich historical legacy to instill a sense of pride and professionalism among community members and to enhance reader awareness of the increasing relevance of undersea warfare for our nation�s defense.

The opinions and assertions herein are the personal ones of the authors and do not necessarily reflect the official views of the U.S. Government, the Department of Defense, or the Department of the Navy.

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Authorization UNDERSEA WARFARE is published quarterly from appropriated funds by authority of the Chief of Naval Operations in accordance with NPPR P-35. The Secretary of the Navy has determined that this publication is necessary in the transaction of business required by law of the Department of the Navy. Use of funds for printing this publication has been approved by the Navy Publications and Printing Policy Committee. Reproductions are encouraged. Controlled circulation.


ASDS The Future of Submarine-Base Special Operations
by John Whipple


Torpedoes and the Next Generation of Undersea Weapons
by Bernard Meyers, Fredrick Cancilliere, and Kenneth LaPointe

NR-1: Exploring Naval History on the Ocean Floor 
by JO3 Braden Bilyeu

Virtual Submarines Propel Today's Submariners Into the Future 
by LCDR Erik Burian, USN

U.S. Radar Picket Submarines: Cold War Curiosities
by Edward C. Whitman 

Strategic Systems Programs:
Keeping our Seaborne Deterrent Armed and Ready 

by RADM Dennis M. Dwyer, USN



Letters To The Editor

Washington Watch 


2001 Battle Efficiency "E" Winners 

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Cover Picture On The Cover
The development of the Advanced SEAL Delivery System (ASDS), seen here hosted aboard USS Charlotte (SSN-766), will mark the beginning of a new era of submarine-based special operations. ASDS is designed for insertion and extraction of special operations forces and is a true transformational leap ahead of its operational predecessor, the Mk VIII SEAL Delivery Vehicle. UNDERSEA WARFARE Magazine had the opportunity to talk with two of the current ASDS pilots to find out what it�s like to sit behind the wheel of this revolutionary submersible � see page three for more!

Photo by Michael Roe, Northrop Grumman