I just finished reading the Spring 2008 issue [Issue No. 37], my first, and I must applaud the fine staff who publish this outstanding magazine. I’ve been out of touch with the Submarine Force since retirement in 1997, when I moved from the submarine base in Pearl Harbor, Hawaii to Tennessee. I needed something that would keep me abreast of the boats, the missions, the crews and the progress of America’s Silent Service. I especially enjoyed the articles on the latest Virginia-class subs (my home state), the open architecture design philosophy of sonar and combat systems, and the current training environment of Fire Controlmen at Naval Submarine Training Center Pacific (NSTCP).

It brought back many memories. I guess I have a lot of back issues to catch up on. Keep up the great work!

Chief Petty Officer (SS) James A. Sandman, USN (Ret.)

Thank you very much for your praise of UNDERSEA WARFARE Magazine. The hard-working staff greatly appreciates your compliments; we hope that you continue to enjoy future issues of the magazine. Please visit our website, http://www.navy.mil/navydata/cno/n87/mag.html, to view the past issues. Or contact the Superintendent of Documents, http://bookstore.gpo.gov, to purchase a subscription.

I run a blog dedicated to Cmdr. J.W. Linton, Royal Navy. Cmdr. Linton was lost onboard the
submarine HMS Turbulent in 1943. I have just acquired the patrol reports of Turbulent and in them a U.S. Navy officer is mentioned as to accompanying them on two patrols in the Mediterranean in 1942. The officer is referred to as Lt. R. Raymond, U.S. Navy. I am trying to find out a little more about him for my blog and I was wondering if you could help me trace him.

Christopher Morgan-Jones

Thank you for contacting UNDERSEA WARFARE Magazine with your request. We did not have
those records on hand; however, we contacted Timothy T. Pettit in the Operational Archives Branch, Naval Historical Center, Washington, D.C., on your behalf. His response is as follows:

“Unfortunately, we do not have biographical records for a Lt. R. Raymond from the WWII period that indicates TDY [temporary duty assignment] with the Royal Navy. We have documents for a Lt. Cmdr. Reginald M. Raymond, USN (deceased-off Honshu Island, Japan, 1945), executive officer, USS Scorpion (SS-278)—but no mention of Atlantic Fleet duty. It is very likely that he was a ‘naval observer’ from the U.S. Naval Attaché Office at the Embassy in London.”