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On the Cover

New Hampshire (SSN-778) during her sea trials in August 2008.

Photo by General Dynamics Electric Boat


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Petty Officer 1st Class Javaudhn Bishop, assigned to the fast-attack submarine USS Dallas (SSN-700), hugs his 4-year-old son during the submarine’s return to Submarine New London in Groton, Conn. Bishop won the traditional first hug. Dallas returned from a scheduled six-month deployment to the U.S. Central Command’s area of responsibility completing a wide range of missions supporting national security.


On the Back

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“Eighty Feet Below.” Specialists of the Silent Service — the submarine fleet of the U.S. Navy — eye their gauges and instruments with calculating care as their ship slides through the dark water eighty feet below the surface. Heart of the undersea vessel, the control room contains the giant wheels which operate the diving planes. Here also is the “Christmas Tree,” where green or red lights, constantly gleaming and blinking, reveal whether valves and hatches are safely rigged for diving. At the right a “talker” inputs vital information to other parts of the ship, while at the left a crewman goes up the ladder to the conning tower, located just above the control room.

Schreiber, born in Brussels in 1904, began painting and drawing at an early age and went on to study art formally in Berlin, London, Rome, Paris, and Florence. He came to New York in 1928 and stayed for nine months before settling there permanently in 1933. In 1943, Schreiber produced several submarine themed works for the Abbot Collection of Submarine Paintings, collaborating with Thomas Hart Benton.