OFFICIAL BUSINESS: SubVet News - #2012-026
NEWS-01: CORRECTION TO THE COMMISSIONING OF THE
USS MISSISSIPPI SSN 782
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
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
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
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 email@example.com
Joseph M. Ioffredo CSM USA (Ret.)
Commander, Tullibee Base
Ordering Deterrent Park Engraved Bricks is April
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,
Currently several are in the queue.
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
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
USSVI National Storekeeper
2063 Main St., PMB 293
Oakley, CA 94561
Toll Free: 855-skussvi (758-7784)
NEWS-02: Finding a Sub School Class Photo
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
BUSINESS: SubVet News - #2012-023
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NEWS-01: SUBVETS Anniversary Celebration
Submitted by: John “Gumba” Carcioppolo on
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.
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:
Here is the schedule of the weekend’s events:
Scholarship Golf Tournament
is scheduled rain or shine for Thursday 3 May.
SUBVETS Anniversary Luncheon
is scheduled for Thursday 3 May
Is scheduled for Friday 04 May 08:30 am, and
includes a Basic Submarine School Graduation
Ceremony, Submarine School tours, and lunch at
Welcome Aboard Reception
Aboard Reception will be Friday 04 May starting
at 6:00 pm.
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
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
firstname.lastname@example.org or (860) 514 –
OFFICIAL BUSINESS: SubVet News - #2012-022
To: Distribution List
NEWS-01: A special request to all who send out multi-address emails to
Submitted by: Office on 3/18/2012
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,
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
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
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
email@example.com telling him.
1. Who your Base Storekeeper is and how to contact him (email and mail
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.
NEWS-05: USSVI AWARDS
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
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
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
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
Please take the time to nominate one of your shipmates or Bases for one or
more of the various awards.
Thanking you in advance,
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
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.
Picnic 2012 at Elks Picnic Area, August 4, 2012 at
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.
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.
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
the rest of the Story
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
information you may want to know about the Park and an
are online. (And the donation is IRS
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)"
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
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
firstname.lastname@example.org 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
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.
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
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
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)
NEWS-01: USSVI Online
Submitted by: Office on 3/10/2012
Base POC Manager, Please share this message with your base
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
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
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.
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 email@example.com. I graciously await your
E. J. NEMETH
Naval Submarine Support Center Bangor
United States Submarine Veterans Inc.
Frederick W. Borgmann
PO Box 3870
Silverdale, WA 98383-3870
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
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
or by contacting Groton Base Commander John
“Gumba” Carcioppolo at
firstname.lastname@example.org or (860) 514 – 7064.
Your new edition (2012-1) electronic American
Submariner is posted on line at
Select "USSVI Magazine" and read or download after
you log in. I wish you all a great read.
Gearing Up for 2012 Fireworks
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
The 2012 Lt William “Willie” Spoon
Memorial Scholarship Program
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
email@example.com. 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.
BREMERTON BASE BOOSTERS for 2012
The following Members are recognized
for their generous donations to the Base
Updated: Mar 20,,
Every Friday a Different Establishment.
Go to Calendar for schedule
Fun, click for Images
* Ltr of 2012
appreciation/request for 2012 gift certificate
Founder & Editor
Other News of Interest to Submariners
Submarine’s Top Sailor Axed Amid
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
“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
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
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
The upgrade will prolong the service life of the vessels
with ten years from 25 to 35 years
PACNORWEST CPOA YEAR OF THE CHIEF
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
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
I am the point of contact for tickets for the Retired
and Reserve Chiefs.
I can be reached at
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
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
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.
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.
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,
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
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
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
The World’s Biggest Nuclear Submarine
Is Also One of the Sneakiest
By Andrew Tarantola, gizmodo.co.uk, Mar 22,
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,
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,"
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
"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?
Submarine Force Museum
WWII Subvet Tudor Davis sends this:
Submarine Force Museum in Groton CT
veterans group sets service USS
Tullibee in Ocean Springs
Published: Wednesday, March 21,
2012, 4:59 PM Updated:
Wednesday, March 21, 2012, 5:31
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
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.
will be held at the
Memorial in the Mississippi
Vietnam Veterans Memorial
Park on U.S. 90 in Ocean
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.
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
Kuykendall, GM2 (SS) who
spent the remainder of the
war in a Japanese POW camp.
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.
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.
USS Jimmy Carter Welcomes New
From Commander, Submarine Group 9 Public Affairs, Mar
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
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
“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
“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
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
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
“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
“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
“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
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
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
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
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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