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4-02-2012  USSVI OFFICIAL BUSINESS: SubVet News - #2012-026

Submitted by: Joseph M. Loffredo on 3/30/2012
This POC is in response to the POC posted by the Groton Base Commander.


I would like to take a minute to clarify a few thing regarding the Commissioning Ceremony of the USS Mississippi SSN 782 in the port of Pascagoula, MS.

Based on the message from the Groton Base Commander, I feel some informational comments should be made. based on contact from COMSUBLANT to the Commander of Groton Base.

Tullibee Base in Mississippi is and has been involved with the Commissioning of the USS Mississippi for over 18 months and has had the first Commissioning Committee established since then. It joined forces with the Meridian Navy League in conjunction with the director of ship's commissionings, Bill Husemann.

As Commander of Tullibee Base, I sit on both the Navy League Committee and Pascagoula Host City Committee. The Navy League has been designated by Mr. Huesman as the primary agency charged with accepting requests for general attendance to the commissioning and forwarding same to the Navy.

The process for the Navy, in turn, is to send an RSVP to the individual requesting. That individual reponds with the quantity of tickets needed and supplies the names and all other pertinent data. Once you send your RSVP back you will receive color coded tickets to the event. This is very important, IF YOU DO NOT SEND YOUR RSVP BACK TO THE NAVY YOU WILL NOT GET ACCESS TICKETS TO THE EVENT!

If you go to USSMISSISSIPPI.ORG you can sign up there and identify what organization you belong to. Veterans will be accorded veterans seating. USSVI members will be wearing their vets and will have seating assigned within the veterans group.

No committee can issue tickets, this event is not open to the public, except, by receiving access through the Navy's procedure will you get the necessary invitation. The commissioning is being held in Pascagoula, MS at Pier C at 1000. This Port is a secure port and cannot be accessed without an invitational ticket for the commissioning or a TWIX pass.

Further question can be directed to Mark McDonald, Chairman of the Navy League Committee. His email is mcdonaldpines@gmail.com


Joseph M. Ioffredo CSM USA (Ret.)
Commander, Tullibee Base
Biloxi, MS

3-30-2012 Deadline for Ordering Deterrent Park Engraved Bricks is April 15, 2012  The deadline for ordering engraved bricks for May, 2012 installation in the missile deck of the  full scale topside mockup of USS Woodrow Wilson at Deterrent Park, NBK, Bangor is April 15.  Currently several are in  the queue. Details here.


3-29-2012 Subvet News

Date: 3/28/2012
To: Distribution List
NEWS-01: Subvet Golf Tournament on May 12th in Antioch CA.
Submitted by: Barry Commons on 3/26/2012
The USSVI Mare Island Base is holding a charity tournament on May 12th in Antioch, CA at the Roddy Ranch Golf Course.

The proceeds of the tournament supports the young men and women of the Sea Cadets, Kaps for Kids (USSVI Charity) and Kaleidoscope providing hope and connection for those afflicted with a life threatening condition.

The registration period is open until April 12th. The cost for the event is $100 which includes 18 holes of championship golf, cart, lunch, banquet dinner (tri-tip & chicken), door prizes and more.

We will be giving many prizes including an opportunity to win a new 2012 Buick in our hole-in-one competition. Other prizes are given for closest-to-the-pin, long drive, and a putting contest.

Our ceremony at the golf course begins with the Sea Cadets posting colors and the National Anthem sung by vocalist Joe Young. The format of the tournament is a four man scramble.

Please direct any questions and send registration fees to the Mare Island Base Secretary Bill Dornik, 751 Rollingwood St., Vallejo, CA 94591.

There may be many submariners local to the area or in town during our event. Please help us to get the word out.

You may retrieve the application on line at the link below:

Barry Commons
USSVI National Storekeeper
2063 Main St., PMB 293
Oakley, CA 94561
Phone: 925-679-1744
Toll Free: 855-skussvi (758-7784)
Web site:



NEWS-02: Finding a Sub School Class Photo online
Submitted by: Pat Householder on 3/27/2012
This video linked below explains how to find a submarine School Graduation picture in the SUB SCHOOL PICS section of the USSVI website at www.ussvi.org




3-27-2012 USSVI OFFICIAL BUSINESS: SubVet News - #2012-023

Date: 3/26/2012
To: Distribution List

NEWS-01: SUBVETS Anniversary Celebration
Submitted by: John “Gumba” Carcioppolo on 3/26/2012
SUBVETS Anniversary Celebration. Each year during the first weekend in May, SUBVETS Groton Base Celebrates the Anniversary of the incorporation and birth of USSVI. The three day event is about camaraderie, good times with Shipmates, and returning to your roots in the Submarine Capitol of the World, Groton CT. If you have never been there before, it’s a great time worth checking out.

The 48th Anniversary Celebration is scheduled for 3- 5 May 2012. The weekend’s events are open to all SUBVETS and their guests. SUBVETS come from all over the country, and you never know who you are going to see there. Here is the link for the registration form: http://subvetsgroton.org/anniversary/Shared%20Documents/2012_Registration_Form_Final.pdf

Here is the schedule of the weekend’s events:

Scholarship Golf Tournament is scheduled rain or shine for Thursday 3 May.
UBVETS Anniversary Luncheon is scheduled for Thursday 3 May

Return to Submarine School Is scheduled for Friday 04 May 08:30 am, and includes a Basic Submarine School Graduation Ceremony, Submarine School tours, and lunch at SUBSCHOOL.
Welcome Aboard Reception The Welcome Aboard Reception will be Friday 04 May starting at 6:00 pm.
Submarine Tour is scheduled for Saturday morning 05 May 09:00 am and is strictly dependent on SUBASE security conditions and Submarine availability; it can be cancelled without notice.
Tolling of the Boats Ceremony Saturday afternoon 05 May 1:00 pm. SUBVETS WWII National Submarine Memorial East, Groton CT. There is no cost and this is open to the general public..
Anniversary Banquet Dinner Dance will be held at the Port and Starboard Banquet Room in New London and will begin with a social period and cash bar at 5:30 pm on 05 May.

All information about the SUBVETS 48th Anniversary Celebration is located at http://www.subvetsgroton.org/anniversary/default.aspx or by contacting Groton Base Commander
John “Gumba” Carcioppolo at commander@subvetsgroton.org or (860) 514 – 7064.

3-27-2012 USSVI OFFICIAL BUSINESS: SubVet News - #2012-022

 Date: 3/25/2012
 To: Distribution List
 NEWS-01: A special request to all who send out multi-address emails to Sub Vets.
Submitted by: Office on 3/18/2012
 PLEASE do not send out broadcasted emails using the 'CC' feature of your email program (which leaves all the recipient email addresses exposed.)
 (Please, this is very important, GC ed)

 The reason why we ask this is if forwarded on (as oftentimes happens) and the email falls into the wrong hands, or a recipient's email is infected with a virus that harvests emails, the people listed can be subjected to spam emails or worse.
 The way to do this is to use the BCC feature of your email program (BCC means Blind Copy). The message gets sent as before, but does not display the email addresses.
Thanks for your consideration.
 NEWS-02: School of the Boat: USSVI Museum on Facebook
Submitted by: Pat Householder on 3/22/2012
This short "School of the Boat" video shows how to access the online USSVI Museum on Facebook.
 If you like it (and I think you will), be sure to click the "like' button so that you are kept up to date with the changes that are happening there.
 NEWS-03: A message for Base Commanders and Storekeepers
 Submitted by: Office on 3/23/2012
 Base POC, please get this message to your Base Storekeeper as soon as possible.
 Barry Commons, our National Storekeeper, reports that he is receiving requests for the 2012 USSVI Calendar, and their stock is depleted.
If your base has any of the 2012 calendars remaining and wish to sell them, please send a email to Barry Commons at nsk.ussvi@yahoo.com telling him.
 1. Who your Base Storekeeper is and how to contact him (email and mail address)
 2. How many calendars your base has available for sale.
 As Barry receives orders for calendars, he will direct them to contact the Base Storekeeper for purchase of the calendar. The additional sales will add to your base coffers, which is a good thing.
 NEWS-04: The museum boat USS Ling gets a reprieve
 Submitted by: Office on 3/24/2012
 Natl Sec Tom Conlon (As E-Board member of the New Jersey Naval Museum) reports that a lease has been signed to keep the USS Ling (NJ Naval Museum) intact and in place at her moorage in Hackensack, NJ.
 There was concern about a new Walmart being built on the property (which will happen) but the Ling will remain as well although of the exhibits may need to be repositioned, along with the trailers.
 Submitted by: James A Fox on 3/25/2012
 While this was sent to be by Wayne, the CRD, it is a great wake-up call for all hands...
 DC’s Please pass on to all your bases ASAP. (note: YOU can make nominations also) We are 2/3 of the way through the nominating period, and there are very few nominations. Let’s not wait until the last minute.
 APRIL 30 is the absolute deadline for nominations (with exception of Newsletter Awards) to be received by the National Awards Chairman (John Stanford) ( Robert Link nominations may be sent to John Stanford or National Commander, Michael Bircumshaw)
 May 15 is the absolute deadline for nominations for Newsletter of the Year Awards to be received by John Stanford
 The Awards program is a very important part of USSVI and we should recognize those shipmates that go “above and beyond”. The qualifications for the various awards are specific and plainly spelled out in the Awards Manual, which can be accessed on the USSVI website, www.ussvi.org. when you get to the Home page, click on the greenish-gray button on the left side of the page entitled “Awards”. Next, click on the blue button entitled “Manuals”. On the next page (Manuals), click on “2012 USSVI Awards Manual.PDF”.
 Please take the time to nominate one of your shipmates or Bases for one or more of the various awards.
 Thanking you in advance,
 Wayne Standerfer
 CHARITABLE-01: 2012 Donations to date for the Scholarship Fund
 Submitted by: Paul Orstad on 3/23/2012
 The Scholarship committee wishes to acknowledge and thank all those who have donated to the USSVCF Scholarship Fund in the 2011-12 period. Last year without your support many students would not have had the opportunity to reduce their college cost without your help. Hopefully you will see fit to continue to do the same. We have received thanks from a number of the awardees telling us how gratefully they are for the financial help they received. We are about to embark on a new season and hopefully we can give out the same or as many as we have donations for. On behalf of the Scholarship Committee and all Submarine Veterans, Thank You! Paul Orstad, Chairman


3-25-2012 Enlisted Submarine Birthday Ball. It will be April 14 at the Sheraton in Seattle. The Base has received 10 donated tickets. They will be made available to WWII Subvets first, then to the general membership. If interested see Cdr Jim DeMott.


3-24-2012 Bremerton Subvets Picnic 2012 at Elks Picnic Area, August 4, 2012 at 1200
SUBVETS will provide Hamburgers, Hot Dogs, Buns, Mayonnaise, Mustard, Ketchup, Pickles, Knives, Forks, Spoons, Cups, Plates, Paper Towels & etc.  All you have to do is bring yourself and provide a salad, a desert or etc to share. BYOB or cans. COB Hank Hollis Sends.

3-24-2012 Profile | Tudor Davis one of the last USS Halibut veterans

Tudor Davis, 88, is one of the last six, living crew members who served aboard the USS Halibut SS-232, the Gato-class submarine which was damaged beyond repair during its 10th patrol off the coast of the Philippines, Nov. 14, 1944.

The Halibut became the 52nd U.S. submarine lost in World War II though it was not sunk. The early morning attacks were described as “one of the most devastating” against a submarine during the war by Clay Blair, Jr. World War II historian and author of “Silent Victory,” a chronicle of submarine combat during the war.  Read the rest of the Story

3-24-2012 Deterrent Park Update

Since the October 2011 brick installation, eight sponsors have donated 19 engraved bricks to Deterrent Park.  They will be installed, with other donated bricks, in May 2012.  These sponsors are Barton, Davison, Aiello(2), Kolbeck(2), Briggs, Langeliers, Roth(10) and Sullivan.


Bremerton Base E-board and the Pacific Northwest Submarine Heritage Association have approved special engravings the on missile deck of the full scale replica of USS WOODROW WILSON (SSBN 624)'s sail and upper rudder honoring the World war II Submarine Force Medal of Honor recipients.  It will be enclosed and centered in 5 rows, the middle row will be M1.  Those engravings, brick applications/donations on order, plus any others received by April 15, 2012 are planned for installation in May, 2012.

















An engraved brick for a loved one that served his/her country could be an everlasting memory.  You may want to consider one or more for gifts for other occasions.  All the Park information you may want to know about the Park and an order form are online. (And the donation is IRS deductable.)


Recently, Kenny Roth donated 10 engraved bricks honoring those of his family that served in the military. Some of you may have known his deceased Dad, FTCM(SS) Roth.  Kenny was kind enough to permit me to print part of his correspondence that may give you food for thought.


"As a personal note to you Red, there is a VERY SPECIAL event occurring this coming June. In the list of 10 there are 3 officers. Technically there really is 2 right now, my Grandfather LtCol Wenzel Roth and my Uncle LCDR Mike Nigro, both of whom are limited duty officers. This June my little sister DT2 Linda Roth's daughter, Justine Sands, will become the first line officer in the Roth family. Her commissioning will be at San Diego St. University and she will be commissioned a 2ndLt. in the US Air Force. It is so sad that my Mom and Dad, FTCM/SS David Roth and Sherryl D. Roth, who both passed within a year of each other 2 years ago, could not be there to witness such an earth shattering news. I know you would like for me to write a paragraph on what "motivated" me to do this. Are you kidding. I thank you and everyone associated with this Memorial for allowing me the total honor of showing the privilege of serving the greatest country in the history of mankind. Thank you Red and if there is anything I can do to help just say the word. Sincerely, Kenny Roth(ET2)"


3-22-2012 SUBVET NEWS


NEWS-01: Base Parade Floats - Got one?
Submitted by: Pat Householder on 3/17/2012
Quite a few of our bases have parade floats. At least 50, at last count.

Below is a link to USSVI Photo albums, including pictures of many base floats.

If your base has a float and it is not pictured here, please email a photo to
householderp@comcast.net and it will be added to the collection.

Please pass on the link to the USSVI Virtual Museum on Facebook and all the base floats (that we know of) and other sub albums as well to your base members.


NEWS-02: Boat Reunion Notification in American Submariner
Submitted by: Gil Shaddock on 3/18/2012
"Ahoy Shipmates", the cut off date for getting your submarine reunion published in Volume 2012 Issue # 2 of the American Submariner is 7 April, 2012. If you have NOT previously sent me the information on your next boat reunion and would like to have it published in the American Submariner, send an E-mail to me at "
gil@ssbn601.com", and give me as much of the following information that you have:
1. Hull number and/or name of your boat.
2. Name of your Association.
3. Contact person's name, title, street address, city, state, zip code, phone number, fax number, and E-mail address.
4. Association website, if you have one.
5. "Start" and "End" dates of your reunion.
6. City and State where reunion will be held

Any reunions that I receive after the April 7th "cutoff" date will appear in Volume 2012 Issue # 3 of the American submariner.

Gil Shaddock
USSVI and Decklog Reunion Webmaster

NEWS-03: Submariners relish opportunity, special bond
Submitted by: Office on 3/18/2012
It takes a special person to do this job...

Short Video about modern submariners...

NEWS-04: USS Missouri ready for Navy's new mission

Submitted by: Pat Householder on 3/18/2012
Aboard the USS Missouri - For the last decade, submarines have been gathering intelligence and patrolling the world's oceans to make sure the Navy's fleet could get where it needed to go, while the Army and Marines fought ground wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.

But military strategists believe the next battleground will be the sea. In the last year, the submarine force has ordered its sub commanders to aggressively ready their boats.

"We're returning to our roots," Lt. Cmdr. David Rogers, the executive officer on the Missouri, said. "We're going to sea and we're practicing for war."

Go to the link for the story...

Click on the link for the story

NEWS-05: William R Charette, HMCM(SS) and Medal of Honor recipient on eternal patrol
Submitted by: Pat Householder on 3/19/2012
William R. Charette, a member of Sea Poacher Base, departed on Eternal Patrol today, March 19, 2012.

William Charette was the 9th Submariner to receive the Medal of Honor, but he earned his Medal of Honor before he became a Submariner.

The other 8 recipients are: Henry Breault, John Cromwell, Sam Dealey, Eugene Fluckey, Howard Gilmore, Richard O’Kane, Lawson Ramage, and George Street.

On March 27, 1953, during a Chinese attack on Marine outpost Vegas, Charette faced a growing number of casualties exposed to hostile small-arms and mortar fire. When a grenade landed near him, he threw himself over his patient, absorbing the blast with his own body.

In another instance, he removed his battle vest and placed it on a patient. In addition, he tore parts of his uniform to dress battle wounds and later stood up in a trench, exposing himself to incoming rounds, to aid a wounded comrade. He sustained many painful wounds during the battle.

After the end of the war, Charette was still serving in Korea when he learned that he would receive the Medal of Honor. All five enlisted sailors to receive the medal for actions during the Korean War were hospital corpsmen serving with the Marines. Charette, the only one living of the five, received his Medal of Honor in Washington, D.C., from President Dwight D. Eisenhower on January 12, 1954.

In 1958, aboard USS Canberra, he had the honor of selecting the World War II remains that would be placed in the Tomb of the Unknowns in Arlington National Cemetery.

He eventually moved into the Submarine Force, becoming one of the first hospital corpsmen to serve on nuclear submarines. He qualified aboard USS Quillback in 1957, then served aboard USS Triton, USS Daniel Webster and USS Grayling.

After 26 years of service, he retired as a Master Chief Hospital Corpsman, HMCM(SS) in 1977.

(Thanks to Bill Andrea for reporting)


3-16-2012  Subvet News

NEWS-01: USSVI Online Submarine Museum
Submitted by: Office on 3/10/2012
Base POC Manager, Please share this message with your base membership.

Did you know that USSVI has an extensive museum of submarine related photos online?

This page is created as a internet museum for United States Submarine Veterans. Est 1964, USSVI is the largest association of U.S. submarine veterans in the world.

There are two ways to see this collection.

If you are a FACEBOOK member, search out USSVI Virtual Museum and "LIKE" the page, then read the historical info and look at the extensive photo collection.

To keep track of museum updates as they happen, click the LIKE button at the top of the page.

If you are not a FACEBOOK subscriber (and don't want to be) just follow the link below which will take you to the photo portion of the online museum.

Each picture represents a separate album, so click on the picture to see the rest in the album



NEWS-02: Yakima Base (WA) Commissions new Parade Float
Submitted by: Office on 3/12/2012
USS Yakima (SSN509), the Yakima Base's float was on display at their meeting March 10th, 2012. Base members built her from scratch.

Congratulation Commander Bobby Rains and Yakima Base. Base Member Bill Millard has been commissioned Captain and COB, recognizing his diligent efforts, time and talents during her construction.

What an excellent addition to the USSVI fleet!

NEWS-03: Cheyenne Sub Vets Base Chartered
Submitted by: Pat Householder on 3/12/2012
Congratulations to Danny McHugh, Base Commander of the new Cheyenne Sub Vets Base and to his crew, located in Cheyenne, WY, with a shout out to Ron Martini, Base Cdr of Wyoming Base in Sheridan WY for his assistance in getting it up and running.

This was Dist Cdr Ron Star's first new base, and Western Region Director Jim Dunn must be mighty pleased.

BZ to all!

NEWS-04: Doug Smay Base Chartered in San Diego CA
Submitted by: Pat Householder on 3/12/2012
Congratulations to Rocky Rockers, Base Commander and his crew of the newly chartered Doug Smay Base, meeting at the Sub Base at Ballast Point, San Diego, CA.

This new base has a number of WWII Sub Vets in it, and the active force members at Ballast Point treat them very nice.

Also appreciation for helping with the startup goes to T Michael Bircumshaw, Natl Cdr, Len Heiselt, District Commander, and Bob Bissonette, BC of San Diego Base.

Western Region Director Jim Dunn sends a BZ out to District Cdr Len Heiselt for a job well done.

3-12-2012 Submarine Officers’ Birthday Ball in the Pacific Northwest


1 March 2012

Dear Mr. Borgmann,

I would like to extend an invitation for you and the United States Submarine Veterans Inc. to join the 2012 Submarine Officers’ Birthday Ball in the Pacific Northwest.

The ball will be held on 21 April at Naval Base Kitsap Bangor, Bangor Plaza. Social hour begins at 1700 with the event officially starting at 1800.

My point of contact is LT Chen Chang. He can be reached at (360) 396-6761 or at chen.chang@navy.mil. I graciously await your response

Sincerely yours,


Commanding Officer
Naval Submarine Support Center Bangor

United States Submarine Veterans Inc.
Frederick W. Borgmann
PO Box 3870
Silverdale, WA 98383-3870


updated 3-9-2012


3-9-2012 SUBVETS Anniversary Celebration

From John “Gumba” Carcioppolo

Each year during the first weekend in May, SUBVETS Groton Base Celebrates the Anniversary of the incorporation and birth of USSVI. The three day event is about camaraderie, good times with Shipmates, and returning to your roots in the Submarine Capitol of the World, Groton CT.

The 48th Anniversary Celebration is scheduled for 3- 5 May 2012. The weekend’s events are open to all SUBVETS and their guests. SUBVETS come from all over the country, and you never know who you are going to see there.

Here is the schedule of the weekend’s events:

Scholarship Golf Tournament is scheduled rain or shine for Thursday 3 May. (See Attached Flyer)
SUBVETS Anniversary Luncheon is scheduled for Thursday 3 May
Return to Submarine School Is scheduled for Friday 04 May 08:30 am, and includes a Basic Submarine School Graduation Ceremony, Submarine School tours, and lunch at SUBSCHOOL.
Welcome Aboard Reception The Welcome Aboard Reception will be Friday 04 May starting at 6:00 pm.
Submarine Tour is scheduled for Saturday morning 05 May 09:00 am and is strictly dependent on SUBASE security conditions and Submarine availability; it can be cancelled without notice.
Tolling of the Boats Ceremony Saturday afternoon 05 May 1:00 pm. SUBVETS WWII National Submarine Memorial East, Groton CT. There is no cost and this is open to the general public..
Anniversary Banquet Dinner Dance will be held at the Port and Starboard Banquet Room in New London and will begin with a social period and cash bar at 5:30 pm on 05 May.

All information about the SUBVETS 48th Anniversary Celebration is located at http://www.subvetsgroton.org/anniversary/default.aspx or by contacting Groton Base Commander John “Gumba” Carcioppolo at commander@subvetsgroton.org or (860) 514 – 7064.


3-8-2012 AS On-line  Shipmates, Your new edition (2012-1) electronic American Submariner is posted on line at www.ussvi.org Select "USSVI Magazine" and read or download after you log in. I wish you all a great read.

2-22-2012 Gearing Up for 2012 Fireworks Sale Base Fireworks Sale Manager Mike Sullivan suggests that we join the TNT club to help the base make the most out of our  hard work, selling fireworks.  No matter whether you work the sale or buy fireworks, or not participate, you can still help.  Join the TNT Club on-line.  Besides their literature you will be sent a $10 discount certificate by snail mail and also one by e-mail for purchases totaling over $50.  If you do not use them, turn both of them over to Mike and he will ensure that those credits are made to people that are buying at the fireworks stand, and it will not effect our bottom line, but will be used to encourage buyers to purchase over the $50 mark.  Go to http://www.tntfireworks.com/tntclub.php and sign up.  The fireworks sale is our primary money maker that supports base functions and our charitable donations, like scholarships. Help Please!

2-2-2012  The 2012 Lt William “Willie” Spoon Memorial Scholarship Program is in progress. Eight $1000.00 scholarships will be awarded to high school seniors & college students who are children or grandchildren of local submarine parents, grandparents or members of the Bremerton Base. The awards will be made at the June 19th General Membership Meeting. Applications are available at the National Office in Silverdale (open 6-to noon weekdays) or by contacting Scholarship Chair John Gardner via e-mail at jgardner@donobi.net. Applications must be submitted by 5 May 2012.

Also the annual Lt William “Willie” Spoon Memorial Scholarship raffle is underway and members should receive their tickets soon. SELL EM! The Grand prize is $300 and will by drawn on June 19th. Other prizes will also be drawn during the following week.





The following Members are recognized for their generous donations to the Base General Fund.
Rig for Dive Periscope Depth

Battle Stations

Deep Submergence Unit Citation
$1 - $19.99 $20.00 - $29.99

$30.00 - $49.99

$50.00 - $99.00 $100.00 +





George Schaefer

Tudor Davis

Lynn Ryan

Anonymous-WWII Vet

Updated: Mar 20,, 2012. Thanks Shipmates


SOUP DOWN Lunch Every Friday a Different Establishment.


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Other News of Interest to Submariners


Submarine’s Top Sailor Axed Amid Hazing Probe
By Sam Fellman, Navy Times, Mar 31, 2012

The top enlisted sailor on a Kings Bay, Ga.-based guided missile submarine was fired Friday for “dereliction of duty” amid an investigation into hazing claims onboard the submarine, Submarine Group 10 said.

Master Chief Machinist’s Mate (SS) Charles Berry was relieved as chief of the boat of guided missile sub Florida’s Gold Crew by Capt. Stephen Gillespie, commander of Submarine Squadron 16, SUBGRU 10 said in a news release.

“During an investigation surrounding allegations of hazing onboard USS Florida (Gold), Berry was found to have neglected his duties as a leader onboard the submarine,” the release said. “While not involved in the alleged hazing, it was determined Berry had knowledge of the alleged events and failed to take action and inform his chain of command.”

Berry is the sixth top enlisted fired this year, and the second from the submarine force. He was the second top enlisted fired this week; the top enlisted at a Virginia Beach, Va.-based strike fighter squadron was fired Tuesday after an investigation into claims of sexual harassment, the Navy said.

Specifics on the investigation remain unclear, such as the nature of the alleged hazing, when it may have occurred or who may have been involved.

Florida’s Gold Crew was in the news a year ago after it successfully launched more than 90 cruise missiles as part of Libya campaign. These were the first Tomahawk warshots fired by a guided missile submarine, the Navy said then.

Berry has been reassigned to Submarine Squadron 16. Command Master Chief (SS) Brett Prince, who was set to relieve Berry next month, will assume duties as chief of the boat earlier than anticipated.

“The Navy’s standards for personnel behavior are very high and we demand that our people are treated with the dignity and respect they deserve,” SUBGRU 10 said in the statement. “When individuals fall short of this standard of professionalism and personal behavior, the Navy will take swift and decisive action.”

Longer Life For Delta-IV
Barents Observer, Mar 28, 2012

The Zvezdochka yard puts the upgraded nuclear submarine “Verkhotulye” on the water, the first of Russia’s six Delta-IV class subs to undergo modernization.

The upgrade includes a wide range of works, with the hulls, the outboard systems, the endurance systems, as well as the reactor system and other mechansms, a press release from the yard informs. The remaining part of the upgrade will be completed while the vessel vessel is afloat. It will handed over to the Navy in November this year.

The Delta-IV (project 667BDRM) has been the backbone first in the Soviet and later in the Russian submarine fleet since they were introduced in the mid 1980s. A total of seven Delta-IV subs were built by the Sevmash yard in Severodvinsk in the period 1985-1992. Six vessels of the class today remain in the fleet, among them the “Yekaterinburg”, which caught fire in a dry dock outside Murmansk on 29 December 2011.

According to General Director Vladimir Nikitin, Zvezdochka is ready to upgrade all the six Delta-IV subs. Next in the line is the “Yekaterinburg”, he confirms.
The upgrade will prolong the service life of the vessels with ten years from 25 to 35 years


Greetings, I am ATC John Schwind USN Retired and I am with the PACNORWEST Chief Petty Officers Association at NBK Bangor. This year is being celebrated as the Year Of The Chief. The Navy Memorial Organization is the lead for this and more info can be found at the website link below.


We at the CPOA are reaching out to all of our brother & sister Chiefs and inviting them to a lunch at Bangor Plaza on April 11th, from 1100-1300. All Navy Chiefs are invited and encouraged to attend. The lunch will be a Chef's choice buffet and cost's $6.50, normally $13.00 but the CPOA is paying for half. It will be a great day of lunch, camaraderie and a guest speaker, CMDCM Dave Lynch. A flyer is attached and we are hoping that you too will give this the widest dissemination. We need to have a head count by 4 April so the caterer can have the time to order the appropriate amount of food. Feel free to contact me or the others on the flyer for more information.

I am the point of contact for tickets for the Retired and Reserve Chiefs.

I can be reached at  nzw7z@comcast.net  or 360-710-5956



Submarines Eye Goal Line
Ben Green, lookoutnewspaper.com, Mar 26, 2012

The next chapter in the Victoria-class submarine's journey is set to be filled with positive achievements.

Three of the four long-range patrol submarines will become fully operational and ready for deployment in both domestic and foreign waters in 2013.

Since their arrival on Canadian soil from the United Kingdom, all four submarines - HMCS Victoria, Chicoutimi, Windsor, and Corner Brook - have undergone "Canadianization" in the form of Extended Docking Work Periods (EDWP).

These extensive maintenance periods have repaired and modernized the 200-plus systems on board, to give Canada a submarine presence not had since retiring the three Oberon-class vessels of Ojibwa, Okanagan, and Onondaga.

Each submarine is at various stages of their work period or subsequent tests and trials; here's a look at their current status:

HMCS Windsor
Currently completing its EDWP this year at Fleet Maintenance Facility Cape Scott in Halifax where it will advance to complete in-harbour and at-sea tests, training, and qualifications. Expected to commence operations in the fall of 2012.

HMCS Chicoutimi

Currently completing its EDWP at Victoria Shipyard Co. Ltd. in Esquimalt. Following the same procedures as Windsor, expected to commence operations in 2013.

HMCS Corner Brook

On June 4, 2011, Corner Brook ran aground while conducting submerged manoeuvres during submarine officer training near Nootka Sound. The damage incurred to date includes the rupture of the sonar dome, and minor leakage in a forward ballast tank. The full extent of the damage will be verified during its scheduled EDWP, which has been extended from 24 to 36 months. Under the Department of National Defence In-Service Support Contract, only one submarine can be in an EDWP at a time, therefore Corner Brook won't begin until January, 2013, at Victoria Shipyard Co. Ltd. With this schedule, work will be completed and the vessel ready to test and trial by 2016.

HMCS Victoria
In April, 2011, Victoria undocked from Esquimalt and completed a series of in-harbour tests and personnel training exercises. It progressed through its EDWP to sea for equipment trials and crew training, completing the Surfaced Safety phase of readiness certification.

In February 2012, it completed the first dive of its operational cycle and the Dived Safety phase of workups.

Currently, it's working on the Tiered Readiness Program, which will see it authorized to fire the MK-48 torpedoes and have its crew fully certified.

With Victoria the farthest along in its progressions, Capt(N) Luc Cassivi, Director Canadian Submarine Forces, says from now until Easter, the submarine will continue to undergo equipment trials and operations. After a short maintenance period in April and May, Victoria and its crew will participate in Exercise Rim of the Pacific (RIMPAC) in late June. The biennial exercise held in the waters off Hawaii is the largest multi-national maritime exercise in the world.

"It'll provide a great environment to demonstrate its [Victoria's} capability and provide a rich environment to enhance the crew experience," says Capt(N) Cassivi, the navy's lead on coordinating all aspects relating to submarine specific, force generation, force employment, and sustainment.

As the submarines progress towards full readiness, navy leadership is beginning to focus on supplying the vessels with a steady stream of recruits. Until recently, the need for submariners was at a minimum, causing a backlog for prospective trainees. However, after years of patience, Capt(N) Cassivi encourages those who considered applying, but waited, to reconsider as the timing is now more appropriate.

"After a long wait, come next year we'll have three submarines operating," he says. "We'll be at a normal capacity to train and generate submariners."
Submarine training starts with a three-month Basic Submarine Course, something all trades and ranks must take. Following this, technical personnel will undergo technical class packages that vary from a few weeks to a few months in length. Personnel then undergo watch keeper training, ranging from two or three months for technicians, longer for officers.
All occupations are required to complete on-the-job-training once they've joined a specific submarine. However, they won't have to return to the CF Submarine Naval Operations School unless they need refresher training, new equipment training, or they receive a promotion.

"We need a few good men and women," adds Capt(N) Cassivi. "People who want a challenging, interesting environment should not hesitate to visit Victoria and talk to the crew to determine if it's a right fit for them."

The RCN is looking to recruit around 60 submariners a year to meet their demands.
Quick Sub Specs:

To date, the four Victoria-class submarines have accumulated about 900 days at sea since being purchased.
The submarines can operate more than 45 days without needing to be refuelled or re-supplied.
The submarine's diesel-electric engines provide a surfaced speed of 12 knots, a submerged speed of 20 knots, and stealth and flexibility in all weather conditions.
One submarine can conduct covert surveillance of 125,000 square kilometres of ocean.
One submarine possesses a crew of 48 with five additional trainees and can dive to a maximum depth of 200 metres.

The World’s Biggest Nuclear Submarine Is Also One of the Sneakiest
By Andrew Tarantola, gizmodo.co.uk, Mar 22, 2012

While the Red October may not have been an actual submarine, the Russian Typhoon class that it’s based on certainly is. Turns out, Hollywood didn’t have to embellish many details for the film—Typhoons really can sneak up on you.

The Typhoon is a class of nuclear-powered ballistic missile submarines developed by the USSR and deployed throughout the 1980s. The fleet of six submarines were built at the Severodvinsk Shipyard on the White Sea.

The largest submarines ever constructed, they measure 175 meters long with a submerged displacement of 48,000 tonnes. The Typhoon class is capable of staying submerged for up to three months at a time.

These massive ships employ a five-layer, pressurized hull—the outermost of which is covered in sound-dampening plates—which allows the ship to dive to a maximum depth of 400 meters. The five-layer style also allows for an overall wider design than a conventional submarine. This helps create the necessary living space for the Typhoon’s crew of 160 sailors, and it provides additional protection against hull breaches.

A Typhoon class sub is powered by two OK-650 pressurised-water nuclear reactors, each of which provides an excess of 250,000 HP. This allows the subs to reach a top speed of 22 knots on the surface and 27 knots when submerged.

The Typhoon was designed to compete with America’s Ohio class subs, which were capable of carrying up to 192 100-kiloton nuclear warheads. Typhoons carried a primary cache of 20 RSM-52 SLBMs, each of which contained up to 10 MIRV warheads. These missiles were designed so that a Russian sub would be able to launch them safely and discreetly from beneath the ocean’s surface. The missiles were also capable of breaking through Arctic ice floes during launch.
The missile systems that the Typhoon class use are reaching the end of their service lives. Three of the ships have been retired, two have been placed on reserve, and the flagship of the Typhoon fleet, the TK-208 Dmitry Donskoy, has been retrofitted and is in field testing with a new weapon system.


Smith Commissioned U. S. Naval Ensign
BY: By Lt. j.g. Richard Kerr, USS Kentucky Public Affairs, Mar 23rd, 2012

BANGOR, Wash. - Machinist’s Mate 1st Class (Submarines) Christopher Smith was selected and commissioned as an ensign through the Navy Limited Duty Officer program on March 2, 2012.

Smith served as Machinery Division Leading Petty Officer aboard the ballistic missile submarine USS Kentucky (SSBN 737) from February 2008 to February 2012 and has served in the Navy since 1999.

After joining the Navy and completing the Navy enlisted nuclear training pipeline, Smith served on the Los Angeles-class attack submarine USS Helena (SSN 725) and at Navy Recruiting Command Denver.

Smith’s next assignment will be with the submarine tender USS Emory S. Land (AS 39), based in Diego Garcia.

Smith, a graduate of Guernsey-Sunrise High School, is married to Amber (Fleenor) Smith of Guernsey, WY. He is the son of Ronald and Sandra Smith of Lusk, WY. She is the daughter of Wally and Mel Sturdivant of Guernsey.

Families of USS Nevada (Blue) Sailors Enjoy Tiger Cruise
By Lt. Brent Niven, USS Nevada Public Affairs, Mar 23, 2012

BANGOR, Wash. (NNS) -- Family members of Ohio-class ballistic missile submarine USS Nevada (SSBN 733) (Blue) Crew were invited aboard for a three-day "Tiger Cruise," Feb. 2.

Family members got the extremely rare opportunity to set foot on a nuclear-powered submarine, prior to Nevada's return to Naval Base Kitsap-Bangor.

Cmdr. Alan Schrader, the Blue Crew's commanding officer, pushed hard to afford his Sailors and their families this unique chance.

"Any time we get the opportunity to bring fathers, brothers, sons, and nephews underway on one of our submarines, it is a tremendous boost to crew and family morale," Schrader said. "Tiger cruises are a very important and integral part of showing Americans the awesome power of the Trident submarines and more importantly, how well we train our submariners. The number one comment from each and every one of our guests was how impressed they were with our Nevada Sailors."

Schrader's comments were echoed by Steve Jameson, whose son, Yeoman 1st Class Bryce Jameson, is the Blue Crew's leading yeoman.

"I enjoyed my experience on the Nevada more than words can say," Steve Jameson said. "I am so proud of the young men on board and how well they do their jobs, and thank them for their service to our nation. I want to also thank the captain and his staff for their dedication to train and mentor our sons into good Sailors and fine young men. They are in good hands."

The Tiger Cruise began as family members boarded the submarine, stepped through a small hatch in the middle of the hull and began a long, steep descent down a ladder into the boat. It would be the last time they would see the sun for three days.

The welcome-aboard brief included training on how to properly put on an emergency air breathing (EAB) apparatus in the case of an on board casualty.
Family members ate, slept, and stood alongside the Blue Crew and learned firsthand the exciting, busy, and sometimes stressful life of a submariner.

"I slept with the crew in a room with eight other guys - these sleeping rooms were situated against the side of the boat, between the missile tubes which extended from the bottom of the boat to the top," said Jeffrey Niven, the father of Lt. Brent Niven, Blue Crew supply officer. "There were pipes and cables and wires everywhere. I woke up a couple times and hit my head on the bunk above me before I realized where I was.

"The food was great and it was one of the most exciting opportunities you can imagine. I was able to observe many of the activities on the boat and even got to stand in the top of the sail as the boat was headed into port. It was a week that I will never forget."


What benefit? | Rant 

By Clayton McCrary, Army infantry veteran of the Persian Gulf War

I think about my experiences seeking benefits through the regional Veterans Affairs medical center where it seems to me that they care to not care for anyone.

“Thanks for coming in,” they say. “Now what is your problem?” they ask. Whatever ails the veteran had better be pharmacologically treatable or they’ll sure to hear, “Sorry, we can’t help you.”

Slow to care or too slow to care, if they care at all, Veterans Affairs workers seem to always ask, “why we come in?” I tell them that I was told this is “the place.” Then, do they care?

The system. Do I get it? Do you get it? Do we veterans get it at all?

It’s my benefit, but I care to come here why? Why do I seek care in an uncaring place? How do the government drones work? “Do you still want to come here,” they ask?

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Submarine Force Museum


WWII Subvet Tudor Davis sends this: Submarine Force Museum in Groton CT

Submarine veterans group sets service USS Tullibee in Ocean Springs

Published: Wednesday, March 21, 2012, 4:59 PM Updated: Wednesday, March 21, 2012, 5:31 PM

site of Tullibee memorial.jpgThe United States Submarine Veterans Inc. will hold a memorial service for the USS Tullibee SS 284 at 3 p.m. Saturday. The memorial is on the grounds of the Ocean Springs Civic Center on U.S. 90 in Ocean Springs. (Submitted Photo)

OCEAN SPRING, Mississippi - The United States Submarine Veterans Inc. Tullibee Base of Mississippi will conduct its fourth annual memorial service for the USS Tullibee SS 284 at 3 p.m. Saturday, March 24.

The service will be held at the Mississippi Submarine Memorial in the Mississippi Vietnam Veterans Memorial Park on U.S. 90 in Ocean Springs.

It will consist of tolling the bell for each of the crew members lost on the USS Tullibee SS 284 during World War II, followed by tolling the bell for each of the Tullibee Base Members lost since the base was charted.

In January 1960, each Submarine Veterans of WWII State Commander was requested to select one of the 52 boats lost in WWII. Once this was accomplished, it was then the responsibility of the state chapter to hold memorial services on the date that the boat was lost, If none were chosen, a "Lost Boat" would be assigned to those states that failed to choose one of their own.

As there was no Chapter of Submarine Veterans of WWII in Mississippi at the time, the USS Tullibee was assigned to the state of Mississippi. A circular run torpedo sank the Tullibee during a night surface attack on March 26, 1944. There was one survivor, Clifford Kuykendall, GM2 (SS) who spent the remainder of the war in a Japanese POW camp.

On August 25, 2001, the USSVI Tullibee Base of Mississippi was chartered. On March 28, 2009, the first memorial service for the crew of the Tullibee was conducted. Cliff Kuykendall, the sole survivor of the Tullibee sinking, was in attendance to honor his lost shipmates.

All local submarine veterans and interested personnel are invited to join Tullibee Base for the remembrance of these lost shipmates, said member Herb Edmonds.


U-Boats for You?


WWII Subvet Bill Hipp sends along German U-Boat Links. Good Stuff!  http://www.uboat.net/, http://www.ubootwaffe.net/ and http://www.uboat-bases.com/


USS Jimmy Carter Welcomes New Commanding Officer
From Commander, Submarine Group 9 Public Affairs, Mar 22, 2012

KEYPORT, Wash. (NNS) -- Cmdr. Brian Elkowitz relieved Cmdr. Brian Davies as commanding officer of the Seawolf-class attack submarine USS Jimmy Carter (SSN 23) during a ceremony March 2 at the Naval Undersea Museum.

During Davies' command tour, which began in June 2009, Jimmy Carter completed two missions vital to national security and captured the Battle Efficiency Award, or Battle "E", for 2009. In addition, Jimmy Carter was honored with the U.S. Pacific Fleet Retention Excellence Award in 2010.

Davies' next assignment will be on the staff of the Deputy Chief of Naval Operations for Manpower, Personnel, Training and Education in Arlington, Va.

Elkowitz reports to Jimmy Carter from the staff of the Office of Legislative Affairs. He previously served as executive officer aboard the Virginia-class attack submarine USS Texas (SSN 775) and was also assigned to the ballistic missile submarine USS Nevada (SSBN 733) and the Los Angeles-class attack submarine USS Oklahoma City (SSN 723).

Jimmy Carter is the third and last of the Seawolf-class attack submarines and is currently homeported at Naval Base Kitsap-Bangor, Wash.

San Diego's Submarine Fleet Kept Busy In 2011
By Tierney Plumb, The Daily Transcript, Mar 21, 2012

The six U.S. Navy submarines that call San Diego home had a busy 2011: One helped fight the drug war while another traveled to Australia to test out a next-generation aerial system.

They also embarked on the kind of classified missions that underwater movies are made of and the public will never hear about.

Rear Adm. James Caldwell, commander of the U.S. Pacific fleet's submarine forces, spoke at the San Diego Military Advisory Council's monthly breakfast Wednesday about deep sea adventures over the past year.

He also addressed the looming defense budget — the elephant in the room at many military events these days — and assured the local community that its fleet is safe.

“In the near term, I know of no plans to change the submarine force here in San Diego,” he told attendees, a smorgasbord of companies and individuals tied to the local defense industry.

Based in Hawaii, Caldwell is in charge of operating subs that go to sea from the West Coast to the International Date Line. From there, they go into the hands of the 7th Fleet.

“We have a small number of surface ships in Hawaii, but in San Diego we get to interact with 3rd Fleet folks and [Naval Base] at 32nd Street," he said. "It’s important for us to be part of that strike group interface and training that goes on here.”

Half of the U.S. Navy’s fleet of 54 nuclear powered attack subs (SSNs) were deployed in 2011, and most (15) of those ships were in the Pacific.

Caldwell's job includes manning, training, equipping and certifying submarines that go to sea, as well as providing schedules.

Around 50 percent of Naval submarines are at sea on any given day, and 30 percent are deployed, with duties that range from collecting intelligence, surveillance, reconnaissance and working with allies.

Submarines participated in 27 international exercises last year with India, Australia, Korea and Japan, and visited 70 ports around the world.

Many of the six boats based at Squadron 11, or Point Loma Submarine Base, didn't spend much time at home last year and conducted 18 highly classified missions of “national importance,” he said.

USS Asheville deployed to Southern Command, or the region that includes Central America, South America and the Caribbean, to work with counter drug forces. USS Topeka also deployed to the same area for lighter reasons: to celebrate 100 years of the Peruvian Navy's Submarine Force, leading a parade of ships during the centennial event.

USS Jefferson City just returned from a deployment to the Central Command, where it participated in some “very important missions of national importance,” he said, with lots of port calls. USS Albuquerque completed a Western Pacific deployment and traveled down under to operate with Australian forces and test an unmanned aerial system.
“A little vehicle they can shoot out of the submarine that can fly around and provide an extended view of the horizon and tell us what was going on beyond the line of sight,” he said.

Two other ships, USS Hampton and USS San Francisco, completed maintenance at their home port in San Diego.

“Hampton is undergoing one of our most demanding modernizations in the submarine force,” he said.

Locally, Caldwell is responsible for manning, certifying and readying forces on North Island’s Deep Submergence Unit, which have the capability to rescue a downed submarine anywhere in the world.

The Naval submarine fleet's core business is nuclear deterrence, which is the sole mission of the Ballistic Missile Submarine (SSBN) since its inception in 1960.

Those ships hang out in the Atlantic and Pacific, carrying long-range missiles capable of hitting targets thousands of miles away. The challenge these days, he said, is that the decades-old force is aging.

That means those Ohio-class SSBNs will start going away in about 2026.

“We are thinking ahead about how to recapitalize our force," he said.

The replacement ship is being designed now and construction will start in 2021, with a delivery slated for seven years later.

In addition, the popular Los Angeles-class of nuclear-powered fast attack submarines is also nearing the end of its lifespan.

“As we think about the force getting older, and some of our numbers will dip a little bit, we know that every submarine has to bring more to the fight and has to be more capable,” he said.

That means looking to invest in unmanned vehicles, both underwater and on the surface; a diversity of weapons to deploy in both lethal and nonlethal realms; and diving into the cyber space to exploit the electromagnetic spectrum.

“We are looking to be more involved and integrated with folks who are experts in the cyber realm, to learn what we don’t know,” he said.

HMCS Victoria Conducts Successful Torpedo Trials Off Vancouver Island
Defpro.com, Mar 19, 2012

Her Majesty’s Canadian Submarine (HMCS) Victoria conducted a series of successful weapon system trials, including multiple firings of the exercise version of the MK48 Heavyweight Torpedo at Canadian Forces Maritime Experimental and Test Ranges in Nanoose Bay, B.C. last week.

“As the submarine fleet achieves steady-state it will be ready to act decisively at sea in defence of Canada, when and where needed,” said Captain (Navy) Luc Cassivi, Director Canadian Submarine Force. "These trials represent a major milestone for the Victoria-class submarine program as Victoria is the first submarine in the fleet to fire a MK48 Heavyweight exercise Torpedo."

These torpedo firings are part of the technical and operational tests of Victoria’s weapons systems and additional weapons system trials are scheduled for the spring of 2012. In the exercise version of the torpedo, the warhead module is replaced with electronics for gathering test data.

Victoria also participated in training with a naval task group while off the west coast of Vancouver Island, focussing on coordinated anti-submarine warfare tactics. Equipment and crew trials will continue throughout March as part of Victoria's program to being declared fully operational later this summer.

The submarine fleet will achieve steady state in 2013; at which point Canada will have three of four submarines continuously available for operations. As part of the ongoing submarine operational cycle, the fourth submarine will be with industry, undergoing necessary deep maintenance. Submarines are an essential component of a modern, first-class Navy with a balanced set of capabilities that can act in defence of Canada and Canadian interests above and below the sea.

RIMPAC's Naval War Games Will Feature High-Tech Arms
Honolulu Star-Advertiser, March 18

Rim of the Pacific war games scheduled to start in late June off Hawaii will bring thousands of sailors, tests of a submarine-launched unmanned aerial vehicle and blue-laser underwater communications, and a "green" emphasis with the largest government purchase of biofuel in history.

Hoteliers are expecting an influx of business, with past RIMPAC exercises adding more than $40 million in contracts and spending on shore, the Navy said.

"RIMPAC will bring a much-needed boost to our economy and Hawaii is fortunate to host these exercises," said Jerry Gibson, area vice president of Hilton Hawaii. "We definitely will see a huge influx of patrons to our restaurants, lounges and retail shops during the exercises and we look forward to welcoming them in June."

David Carey, president and CEO of Outrigger Enterprises Group, said companies like his do several million dollars worth of business as a result of RIMPAC, but that business is unpredictable due to security concerns and limited information disclosed as to when ships will be at sea and in port.

NavalToday.com reported that this summer's RIMPAC, from June 29 to Aug. 7, will have representation from Australia, India, Indonesia, Canada, Colombia, South Korea, Malaysia, Tonga, Japan and Russia. Russia says it will send a destroyer (the Bystry), a rescue tug and a tanker.

A New Zealand press report said that nation also had been invited to RIMPAC.

RIMPAC is held every two years in Hawaii waters.

In 2010 about 25 Navy ships and submarines were involved in the world's largest multinational maritime exercise, including the carrier Ronald Reagan. Fourteen nations participated, with 20,000 personnel, 32 ships, five submarines and more than 170 aircraft.

An official with the Navy's 3rd Fleet in San Diego, which runs RIMPAC, said details of this summer's exercise won't be released until April 23.

However, officials have talked about some aspects of the upcoming war games, while contract awards have given an indication of some of the testing.

The Pentagon announced in December the largest government purchase of biofuel in history - 450,000 gallons for $12 million - to fuel RIMPAC ships and aircraft in a large-scale test of the cleaner-burning alternative to petroleum.

Navy Secretary Ray Mabus said during a news conference that the biodiesel would be used during RIMPAC for what's been dubbed the "Great Green Fleet" aircraft carrier strike group.

"We're going to have the entire strike group, aircraft and ships, sailing on a 50/50 blend of biofuel and diesel for the ships, biofuel and (aviation) gas for the aircraft," Mabus said.

The Navy said in December that it was awarding a contract to test submarine "over the horizon" surveillance capabilities during RIMPAC, using an unmanned aerial vehicle launched underwater via the sub's trash disposal unit.

A "submerged launch vehicle" is ejected underwater, rises to the surface and releases a Switchblade remotely piloted or autonomous UAV.

The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency, meanwhile, wants to test at RIMPAC an underwater bluelaser system allowing submerged submarines to communicate with aircraft.

A 2010 announcement by DARPA said the Tactical Relay Information Network, or TRITON, would be tested to validate improvements in blue laser communications at speed and depth.



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