preparation for the subject event, please
consider signing up for a
at the Fire Works Stand.
Early bird gets the worm! E-mail or call
Mike. See Watch
It will be
located at its traditional spot in front of the
QFC on Kitsap Way in Bremerton.
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.
sign up. The fireworks sale is our primary money
maker that supports base functions and our
charitable donations, like scholarships. Help
OFFICIAL BUSINESS: SubVet News - #2012-027
NEWS-01: Looking for a lifting yoke and
lifting rods for a Type 2D 'scope
Submitted by: Office on 4/1/2012
As some may know, periscope manufacturer
Kollmorgen has been "acquired" by L-3 (a company
with whom I am not familiar). New name is L-3
KEO, according to this: http://finance.yahoo.com/news/l-3-completes-acquisition-kollmorgen-214200430.html.
I was notified of this by Paul Lapinski, a
retired Kollmorgen technician. Paul has about 48
years of history with Kollmorgen, and is helping
me with the details of installing a periscope
from SSBN-658 in the Mare Island Museum. We are
trying to locate a lifting yoke and maybe even
the lifting rods for a Type 2D 'scope. Because
we (the museum) have most of the equipment from
the 658 Control Room (including the periscope
stand and periscopes) we don't want to do the
typical museum installation where the scope sits
on a pedestal. We've built a steel structure
from which the scope will hang, and then
penetrate the roof of the building by about 20
Anybody know where we might find any of these
parts? (Yoke, rods, bearings. Any help would be
much appreciated. Not necessarily looking for
freebies, but we are on a budget.) Thanks in
NEWS-02: New District (7) in the Western
Submitted by: Jim Dunn WRD on 4/3/2012
It is with great pleasure that I formally
announce that I have formed Western District 7
within Western Region. I have just spoke with
Shipmate Ron Martini and have appointed him WDC
of new formed Western District 7.
Western District 7 will encompass Montana,
Wyoming and a part of Eastern Idaho. The Bases
included are Montana Base, Cheyenne Sub Vets
Base, Wyoming Base, and Hawkbill Base.
Please join me in congratulating Ron Martini on
his new Position. This will provide much better
coverage of this area, and I know Ron will do an
outstanding job. I look forward to working with
NEWS-03: USSVI Needs You!
Submitted by: on 4/4/2012
Do you support the purposes of USSVI and want to
help guide the organization as it grows?
You have the most direct influence on the
management of USSVI if you are a national
officer, so toss your hat into the ring for the
position of National Secretary or National
The general requirement to run for either
position is that you must be a submarine
qualified member in good standing for at least
thirty consecutive months.
Generally speaking, the duties of the National
Secretary include serving as a voting member of
the national board of directors where you will
be the clerk of USSVI and the keeper of the
seal. You will oversee the retention of all
non-financial USSVI records, which will be
transferred to the USSVI Archives when no longer
current. You will maintain and distribute
minutes of all national meetings of the board of
directors, and serve as the official
organization correspondent, forwarding to
officers and committee chairman such
correspondence as may be appropriate to the
performance of their duties. You will prepare
and distribute the National Ballot and issue
calls to the committee chairmen for activity
reports for publishing in American Submariner.
When new Bases are established and the required
information has been received, you will issue a
new Base Charter for the new base. In the course
of your duties, you will keep records of your
work to turn over to your relief as well as any
official materials assigned to your care.
Generally speaking, the duties of the National
Treasurer include serving as a voting member of
the national board of directors where you will
be the Chief Financial Officer of USSVI. You
will be responsible to maintain accounts
appropriate to the structure and activities of
the organization and in accordance with
generally accepted accounting principles. These
records are maintained in Quicken software to be
provided to you and you will make such reports
and returning as required by Federal, State and
Local governments. In the course of your duties,
you will keep records of your work to turn over
to your relief as well as any official materials
assigned to your care.
Both positions involve attendance at periodic
Board of Director meetings called by the
National Commander, typically at the National
Convention and another meeting midway between
conventions. Your travel and lodging costs to
attend are reimbursed as a cost of doing
business subject to guidelines.
All the specific details are spelled out in the
Bylaws, Article V, Section 4 and 5.
If you have the time and desire to make a
difference in USSVI, your organization needs
you! Please get back to Patrick Householder,
Nominations Chair at
email@example.com no later than April
District 4 Commander Needed
Regarding my candidacy for Western Region
Director; If I am elected, it means a new
District 4 Commander will need to be appointed
to finish out my term which is due to end
September of 2013. Any member who is or has been
a Base Commander in good standing is eligible
for the position. If you are interested in
serving our organization and having some fun at
the same time, I would love to hear from you. I
am willing to offer any assistance required of
the position (You can see the requirements on
the ussvi website) or provide answers to your
questions. We have an excellent cadre of Bases
and officers in District 4 who perform their
duties in service to us all, which really makes
the DC position effortless for the most part. If
you know of someone whom you think would be a
good candidate, please contact me.
360 569 0507 Home
Western Region Director Nominee
District Commanders, Base Commanders & POC's,
Please give this your widest distribution to all
I am seeking the position of USSVI Western
Region Director in the upcoming election.
Your support and vote will be sincerely
appreciated. I will continue, as always, with
any position of responsibility that I've held
within our organization, to provide leadership,
guidance and support to You, the members, in
efforts to achieve goals as set forth in our
Constitution and Bylaws. I have always believed
that 'communication' is the foundation and
building block of an organization, and it can be
done without expense as our internet
purpose is to honor those submariners who have
sacrificed their lives for the freedoms we
enjoy, and, at the same time, I believe we can
improve our presence within the communities in
which we live. It would be an honor to represent
all the the Bases within the Western Region as a
member of the USSVI Executive Board. I will
solicit your input for those meetings and at the
same time, I am not a micro-manager. so I ask
that if you have an issue that needs to be
addressed; be prepared with suggestions and
answers on how to get them resolved within your
Base(s) and District(s).
My photo and
are attached. Thank you for
360 569 0507 Home (no cell coverage)
253 202 6433 Cell
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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
To: Distribution List
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
email@example.com 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
firstname.lastname@example.org 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)"
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
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
Albany-Saratoga Base of USSVI through the
Albany-Saratoga Sub Vet Memorial Foundation, Inc has
created the New York State Submariners Memorial and
Veteran’s Walk Way in a Veteran’s Park in the Village of
Ballston Spa, NY. This Memorial is dedicated to those
New York Submarines who went on Eternal Patrol while
serving in the Silent Service.
It’s the first Memorial to Submariners from a state
rather than the Lost Boats assigned to that state. If
you are a submariner from the state of New York, a past
or present student, instructor, officer or CO of NPTU
you can leave your legacy in stone by buying a tax
deductible paver for our Memorial. The Memorial Pavers
are open to any member of the armed forces past or
present. The Memorial consists of a 4 ft x 8 ft black
grant stone that lists the names of the 467 NYS
Submariners on a 16 ft x 16 ft paver courtyard connected
to the 170 ft Veterans Walkway. Across from the Memorial
stone is a 20 ft to scale model of the U.S.S. Albany
SSN753 mounted on 2 ft high pedestals in a smaller paver
courtyard containing the names of the CO’s, pavers from
the crew and when she was commissioned. This area is
also open to any boat past or present that wants to
leave it name in stone. You can see the present photos
of the memorial, the listing for the Lost Submariners,
paver forms and more at the Foundation website
. The model of the Albany will be installed in early May
and you are invited to come to our dedication ceremony
on May 20, 2012. Help us pave the way and enjoy the
website. If you have any questions or need more
information contact Al Singleman, Jr at (518) 355-2119
Santa Fe Receives Navy Unit Commendation
By Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Ronald
Gutridge, Commander, Submarine Force, U.S. Pacific Fleet
Public Affairs, Apr 6, 2012
PEARL HARBOR, Hawaii (NNS) -- The commander of Submarine
Force, U.S. Pacific Fleet presented the Navy Unit
Commendation award to the crew of the Los Angeles-class
fast-attack submarine USS Santa Fe (SSN 763) at the
Pearl Harbor Submarine Park and Parche Memorial on Joint
Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam., Hawaii, April 5.
Rear Adm. Frank Caldwell recognized the crew of Santa Fe
for their outstanding performance during their last
deployment from February 2011 to August 2011.
According to the award citation Santa Fe's crew,
"skillfully conducted four operations of great
importance to national security by safely operating in a
demanding and challenging undersea environment, directly
enhancing fleet, theater and national objectives. The
crew displayed exceptional tactical skill, tenacity and
perseverance while operating under extremely challenging
conditions to prepare the battle space for future
operations. Santa Fe's tactical acumen was further
displayed by their highly successful participation in
exercise Malabar, a bilateral exercise with the Indian
Santa Fe's commanding officer, Cmdr. David Adams,
credits the award to the crew's hard work and
"The Navy Unit Commendation awarded to the Santa Fe
really highlights the best things about our deployments
and how we go out and defend the nation," said Adams.
"The crew's performance throughout the deployment was
outstanding. I am very proud to be a part of this team
and to be able to see the crew get recognized for all
their hard work."
Established by the secretary of the Navy Dec. 18, 1944,
and awarded by the secretary with the approval of the
President, this unit commendation is conferred on any
ship, aircraft, detachment or other unit of the U.S.
Navy or Marine Corps which distinguished itself for
extremely meritorious service in support of military
operations, which were outstanding when compared to
other units performing similar service.
Santa Fe is currently assigned to Commander, Submarine
Squadron 7 and is the second ship to be named in honor
of the capital city of New Mexico. As an improved Los
Angeles-class, it features retractable bow planes and 12
vertical launch tubes for cruise missile stri
The Naval Undersea Museum has a lot
going on! Don't miss out on these upcoming programs!
Science Saturday: this Saturday, April 7th from
Magnetism and Electricity
The creation of a power source such as electricity is
essential for the running of undersea vehicles. Electric
power is generated from a variety
of sources. Come explore some concepts behind
electricity and magnetism this week! Activities:
-Make magnets dance
-Create a circuit and light a bulb or create an alarm
-Have a hair-raising experience with static electricity
Programs are designed for Kindergarten- sixth grade, but
children of all ages are welcome.
War of 1812 Speaker Series: Saturday, April 21st
In conjunction with the opening of the Naval Undersea
Museum's new War of 1812 Bicentennial exhibit, Laurence
Kerr will provide a presentation on the Navy's first six
frigates that helped establish the United States Navy as
a credible sea power. He will draw connections to the
legacy that ships like USS Constitution have on our Navy
The Naval Undersea Museum is looking for more
volunteers! Volunteers perform a variety of
different tasks and are key to the museum's success. We
are looking for volunteers to greet visitors at our
front desk and volunteers to assist with Education
programs. We are especially in need of more volunteers
on the weekends, but more weekday volunteers are
Please call the Museum Educator, John Buchinger, at
360-396-5547 for more information about programs or if
you are interested in volunteering. We hope you will
Naval Undersea Museum
"Watertight: How I Survived the Submarine Service
Without Losing My Mind"
Shipmates and Friends,
For you who enjoy a good book you may want to add this
one to your library. If it reads anything like the
author speaks it promises to be a good one. Barry
Danforth, a Nautilus shipmate, says, "This is the
nuclear submariners world from the Rag Hats perspective
and it's approved by the A Ganger's local 1. Enjoy,
Tommy Robinson, '63 - '67
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
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