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4-15-2012 Deterrent Park  - May Engraved Paver Installation  Approaching cut off date for ordering engraved pavers (bricks) for May installation in Woody's Missile deck. See info here. Also look below for info pertaining to WWII Medal of Honor paver donation the base is making.  Extended cut off to April 17th.  Bring your order form (w/check) to the April meeting  this Tues, April 17th.


4-15-2012 Robert J (Bob) Miller Candidate for Western Region Director

Hello Shipmates,
After much contemplation and deliberation I have decided to run for the USSVI Western Region Director. I think John Mansfield is a great guy and offers much to the organization but I think I am better.


I want to represent every single person in the Western Region on the USSVI Executive Board. I will be soliciting what you want to do for the organization and what you want to get from the organization. If you see something that USSVI is doing wrong let me know about it and what should be done to correct it let me know t6hat too.


If you feel there is something that USSVI should be doing and how it should be implemented let me know that also. If you have any ideas as to how USSVI could improve their fundraising, community involvement, recruiting, commemoration of our lost shipmates and brotherhood activities I especially want to know those. We have a great outfit here but every organization can’t just sit on its laurels or it will stagnate. We need to constantly striving to improve ourselves, get our name out to the public, find new members, and find new ways we can honor our fallen shipmates. The E-Board can’t do this on its own. They need the input from you guys. You’re the strength of the organization. I want to be the channel through which you can get your ideas heard, acted upon and brought to fruition to make this organization what you want it to be. I will greatly appreciate your vote in helping me achieve my vision of the USSVI that you will be extremely proud to be a member.

Take care,

Robert J. (Bob) Miller
US Submarine Veterans Inc.
PAST Western Region District 6 Commander

Silent Strength - Pride Runs Deep


4-13-2012 Set sail: Adventure awaits you at Kitsap’s Navy museums

By JOHNNY WALKER, North Kitsap Herald Correspondent

With the third-largest concentration of naval forces in the United States, the Puget Sound has a deep Navy history spanning generations. To preserve and interpret that past for the benefit of the Navy and the public, Navy Museums northwest have opened two new exhibits in Bremerton and Keyport that commemorate the Navy's earliest fighting traditions during war, while also taking a look behind the scenes at what it takes to keep ships fit to keep the peace.

To commemorate the 200-year anniversary of the War of 1812 against the British Empire, matching exhibits at both the Naval Undersea Museum in Keyport and Bremerton based Puget Sound Navy Museum chronicle the Navy's major activities during the war's first year.  Read it all here

4-12-2012 Submarine Force celebrates 112 years of service today  For SUBFOR birthday video click here

4-12-2012 SUBVET MEMBERS ENJOY CPOA LUNCHEON  We were treated excellent and they even allowed us to be the first in line at the buffet. Many of the active duty Chiefs came up to us and asked questions about our service and of course we asked them about theirs.

The speaker at the event was MCPOC(SS) Lynch who is the leading Chief on the USS Reagan. He is also a qualified Submariner who told us about serving on the USS Texas a Virginia class submarine. He chatted with us at our table for a while.

His descriptions of the Diving Officer watch station responsibilities and how they are fulfilled were very informative. I hope we are allowed to tour one of those Submarines sometime.

In his talk he explained to the audience about how quick the modern communications allows one to be observed in almost all of their activities. As an illustration he related a story about the MCPON calling him about a sailor that had a problem the preceding night!

The MCPON has seen the incident on "Facebook." Now that most people have a phone that has a camera on it that can even take movies you can bet that if someone does something stupid it is going to end up on You Tube very soon.

I had not thought about this, but I guess if that had been the conditions when I was in the Navy, I wouldn't have lasted very long.

Thank you active duty Chiefs for treating us so nice and for your service to out Nation.


(Staff Reporter Gary Kaiser)


4-9-2012  Puget Soundings Articles Due by April 19th, 2012  E-mail to Sam.

4-8-2012  2012 Fireworks Sale

In preparation for the subject event, please consider signing up for a watch at the Fire Works Stand. Early bird gets the worm!  E-mail or call Sam or Mike.  See Watch Bill here.


It will be located at its traditional spot in front of the QFC on Kitsap Way in Bremerton.


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


4-8-2012 WWII Vet, HC Member Goes on Eternal Patrol  HIATT, Caspar Wistar, III, PhD 92, of Port Townsend WA, passed away Thursday, February 23, 2012 at home. Qualified in submarines on the USS Gunnel (SS-253) in 1946 and was a LTJG when he left the Navy.

He was born September 23, 1919 in Lakewood OH, the oldest son of Caspar Wistar Hiatt, Jr. and Dora Willitta Paine Hiatt. He outlived his siblings Dwight William Hiatt, John A. Hiatt, Otis Rhea Hiatt and Florence Alice Ferrell.

Hiatt is survived by his wife of 60 years, Marina Sevier Madden Hiatt; children, Stephanie Hiatt Jahn (Ernest) of Corpus Christi TX; Amy Marina Hiatt (David Pratt) of Pt. Townsend, Thomas Wistar Hiatt of Lakehills TX and Eve Sevier Hiatt (Douglas Darling) of Louisville KY; grandchildren: Julie Arizzi Polansky (Richard) of Corpus Christi TX, Anthony Arizzi (Denise) of Barrington NJ, Ernest Arizzi of Arnold MD, Rocco Arizzi of Barrington NJ, Emily Darling and Alice Darling of Louisville KY, and eight great-grandchildren.

Hiatt graduated magna cum laude with a Bachelor of Science in Chemistry in 1942 from Adelbert College of Western Reserve University. He received the President’s Prize in both Mathematics and Chemistry, and was elected to Phi Beta Kappa.

Hiatt was commissioned as an officer in the US Naval Reserves following Midshipmen’s School at Northwestern University in Chicago IL. After training at Submarine School in New London CT, he served aboard Pacific Fleet submarines during WWII. Prior to leaving active duty in February 1946, he was promoted to the rank of Lieutenant Junior Grade.

While aboard a ship bound for Australia, Ensign Hiatt was stricken with scarlet fever and shunted off to a field hospital in the Admiralty Islands to recover. When he arrived in Perth six weeks late, he discovered that he had been scheduled to proceed to Guam to report for duty aboard the USS Bonefish. However, during his recovery, the Bonefish had left Guam on war patrol and was sunk by enemy action in June 1945, with all hands lost. Reassigned to serve aboard the USS Gunnel (SS 253), he served on its last war patrol off the coast of Japan as Deck and Engineering Officer. He later served as Commissary Officer and ran the onboard torpedo computer.

He recalled that in August, 1945 when the atomic bomb was dropped on Hiroshima, the Gunnel was submerged but the explosion was audible. He also told the story about returning to Pearl Harbor at the end of his service and by way of signaling between ships, he was able to communicate with and ascertain the wellbeing of his brother Bill, serving as quartermaster on a sub-chaser, also present in the harbor.

Prior to leaving active duty in February 1946, he was promoted to the rank of Lieutenant Junior Grade.

Hiatt returned to Western Reserve University to resume doctoral studies in immunochemistry with Dr. Enrique E. Ecker, receiving his doctorate in 1948.
Dr. Hiatt was awarded the prestigious Merck Fellowship for advanced study in Biophysics to conduct postdoctoral research on analytical ultracentrifugation and electrophoresis at the Rockefeller Institute for Medical Research in New York City.

From1950 -1956, Dr. Hiatt served as Chief, Department of Chemistry, Veterinary Division, Walter Reed Army Institute of Research, Washington DC. He supervised research on immunology of encephalitis viruses and pathogenic leptospires, directed the Food Chemistry Laboratory.

From 1956-1960, Hiatt worked as a Biochemist in the Laboratory of Viral Products, Division of Biologics Standards, National Institutes of Health in Bethesda MD. He utilized one of the first scanning electron microscopes for visualization of viral particles. He conducted research on photochemical methods for inactivation of animal and bacterial viruses, most notably participating in the development of the Salk and Sabin poliomyelitis vaccines. The development of reliable methods for purification of vaccine preparations for use as vaccines was one of his major research goals.

From 1960-1967, Hiatt was Chief, Laboratory of Biophysics and Biochemistry, Division of Biologics Standards at NIH. He directed the research of 15 scientists and technicians engaged in studying the inactivation of microorganisms by physical methods and possible toxic or oncogenic properties of chemical constituents of biological products. His laboratory performed annual inspection of licensed biologics manufacturers in the US and Europe. Hiatt was recognized for his research accomplishments by election as a Fellow of the New York Academy of Sciences.

From 1967-1968, Hiatt was Professor and Chairman of the Department of Chemistry, Florida Atlantic University in Boca Raton FL, an interim post he held prior to becoming one of the Founding Faculty at the University of Texas Health Sciences Center at San Antonio TX. He served as Professor and Chairman, Department of Bioengineering. He developed a new teaching department to provide instruction in Medical Instrumentation, Ionizing Radiation and Medical Statistics. He established and supervised the Multidiscipline Teaching Laboratories and developed and supervised the Instrument Shop for fabrication of research apparati. He also designed and directed the Scientific Computer Center and served as Chairman of the Committee on Graduate Studies in Biophysics. He supervised a research program on Methods of Purification of Rabies Vaccine under contract with the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases and conducted research on photodynamic therapy of viral diseases.
In 1977, Dr. Hiatt retired from Chairmanship of the Department of Bioengineering, after which he taught courses in Analog Simulation and Molecular Photobiology and conducted research on photogalvanic cells, photochemistry of thiazine dyes, mathematical models of dispersion and survival of microorganisms in sewage outfalls. He retired from the Health Science Center in 1979.

In retirement, Cas and Marina Hiatt enjoyed sailing on the Chesapeake Bay in MD, in the Florida Keys and Gulf Coast, and living aboard their 37’ cat ketch, cruising the Intercoastal Waterway and the Bahamas. In 2003, they relocated to Port Townsend, WA, where Hiatt enjoyed becoming involved with the Bremerton area SubVets group and was elected to the Holland Club.



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4-6-2012   Western 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.

John Mansfield
WRD4 Commander
360 569 0507 Home


4-5-2012  USSVI Western Region Director Nominee

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Western Region District Commanders, Base Commanders & POC's,
Please give this your widest distribution to all Base members.

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 technologies advance.


Our primary 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 biography are attached. Thank you for listening. (Reading)


John Mansfield
WRD4 Commander
360 569 0507 Home (no cell coverage)
253 202 6433 Cell



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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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



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

3-24-2012 Deterrent Park Update

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


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

















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


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


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


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


1 March 2012

Dear Mr. Borgmann,

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

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

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

Sincerely yours,


Commanding Officer
Naval Submarine Support Center Bangor

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





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Other News of Interest to Submariners


Navy’s New Plan To Halt Re-enlistment


By Sanford Hughes
Military Affairs

Bad news for squids and jarheads (our beloved sailors and Marines).

The Navy Department has figured a way to cut back on the expense of running a Navy and all those desert wastelands they call Marine bases.

Basically, stop all drinking, smoking and eating rich foods, test everyone all the time and eventually, there won't be anyone left to collect pay and pension benefits.

Of course they didn't say that exactly. What they did say is, the Navy will implement fleet-wide breathalyzer tests for sailors and Marines, crack down on smoking and drinking, and phase in many other major personnel policy changes, such as giving females three years off to birth babies instead of standing duty they signed up for.

The broad collection of new policies has been dubbed "21st Century Sailor and Marine," and reflected many "longstanding issues or goals" for the department by social engineers now seemingly in charge of the U.S. military. Read more here




Connecticut Returns Home from WESTPAC Deployment

By Lt. Ed Early, Commander, Submarine Group 9 Public Affairs, April 12, 2012

BREMERTON, Wash. (NNS) -- The Seawolf-class fast-attack submarine USS Connecticut (SSN 22) returned to its homeport of Naval Base Kitsap April 12, concluding a four-month deployment to the Western Pacific.

"It's great to be back - we all missed our families," said Cmdr. Ian Johnson, USS Connecticut commanding officer.

Family members cheered as Connecticut arrived at Pier Delta and moored just aft of its sister ship, USS Seawolf (SSN 21). The first Sailor off the boat was Hospital Corpsman 1st Class (SS) Miguel Codd, who was able to hold his two-month-old son for the first time ever.

"Words can't express how wonderful this is," said Codd. "When I got the news about my son, it was exciting...I can't describe how great I feel right now."

During her deployment, which began Nov. 30, 2011, Connecticut supported combatant commander requirements and missions in the Western Pacific. Connecticut also made port visits to Singapore and Yokosuka, Japan.

"The deployment was outstanding. It's a testament to the endurance of the Seawolf class, and the crew did a fantastic job," Johnson said. "Our presence in the Western Pacific does a lot to promote stability in the region, and it also gives us the opportunity to interact with the sailors of other nations."

During the deployment, Connecticut was recognized by Commander Submarine Force, U.S. Pacific Fleet; as the recipient of the 2011 Battle Efficiency Award, or Battle "E," for Submarine Development Squadron (SUBDEVRON) 5. The award was announced Jan. 1.

The Battle "E" is an award of merit presented to the most proficient submarine crew in each squadron and recognizes sustained superior technical performance and continual combat readiness throughout the year.

For now, Connecticut's Sailors are just happy to be back in the Pacific Northwest.

"It's good to be back home with my wife and daughter," said Torpedoman 2nd Class (SS) Tracey Cox. "It's time to do some work on remodeling the house, maybe take a vacation."

Connecticut is the second of the Navy's three Seawolf-class submarines, all of which are homeported in the Pacific Northwest - Connecticut and Seawolf at Bremerton, Wash., and USS Jimmy Carter (SSN 23) at Naval Base Kitsap-Bangor.


Large Displacement UUV Steaming Ahead

By David Hambling, www.aviationweek.com, April 13, 2012

The U.S. Navy’s Office of Naval Research plans to take robot submarines to a new level. Current Navy unmanned underwater systems (UUS) are small vehicles controlled by an operator nearby, for missions lasting a few hours. The Large Displacement Unmanned Underwater Vehicle (LDUUV) will be large and highly autonomous, carrying out missions at long distances for months. It will act as a mothership, deploying and operating static and mobile sensors for persistent surveillance in coastal waters. Ultimately, it is likely to be armed. The program sounds ambitious, but much of the technology has already been proven.

Boeing’s Echo Ranger is setting the pace for LDUUV technology. Originally built in 2001, the Echo Ranger is a 5.5- meter (18-ft.), 5-ton craft that can dive to 10,000 ft. “In terms of autonomous operation, we’re pretty much there,” says Mark Kosko, program manager for Boeing’s Unmanned Undersea Systems group.

The Navy’s autonomy requirements call for it to operate without human assistance in shallow water littered with obstacles. In the first 18-month phase the craft will work at shallow depths of as little as 100 ft., calling on an operator via satellite link in challenging situations. The second phase, which will take up to three years, will extend operations to open ocean and working without any human intervention.

The LDUUV will have to detect and avoid surface and submerged vessels, and other hazards such as marine mammals and fishing nets. It will sense and maneuver around fixed obstacles, including piers, moorings and underwater terrain, and plot an efficient course to take.

Echo Ranger has already worked in this type of environment. Sonar gives it short-range obstacle sensing, and acoustic sensors warn of approaching vessels from several miles away. The vehicle then moves out of the way to avoid collision. Echo Ranger’s developers have also learned how to avoid static obstacles, sometimes the hard way—on one occasion it got stuck in a kelp bed.

“You only have to learn that lesson once,” says Kosko.

Another element of the LDUUV program concentrates on endurance, aiming to boost the amount of energy stored per-pound by 10 times. Again, there will be two phases: the first, taking two years, will see the LDUUV operating for up to 30 days at a stretch, increasing to 70 days in the second phase.

Echo Ranger is powered by batteries with an endurance of 28 hr., although Kosko says diesel engines or fuel cells could prolong that time. These technologies might be difficult to apply on small unmanned vessels, but the LDUUV power unit will weigh 3.5 tons, and Kosko says it is largely a matter of packaging existing technology.
A third development effort addresses reliability needed for longer missions. Again, Kosko says this has been explored with Echo Ranger. Drawing on Boeing’s expertise with satellites to airliners, developers have looked at redundant systems, improved component reliability and also self-monitoring capability. The craft needs to be able to compensate for the loss of a sensor, and gauge the seriousness of other problems.

“It has to be able to sense a leak and say ‘Hey, it’s time to go,’” says Kosko.

The LDUUV will have a large payload bay, making it capable of releasing sensors, communication buoys, smaller UUS and weapons. The Navy’s current emphasis is on persistent surveillance “over the horizon.” However, its most significant impact could be in mine warfare, both offensive and defensive.

In the counter-mine role, the LDUUV will be able to detect and locate mines, then engage and neutralize them safely. And the LDUUV could make offensive mine laying more controllable and clandestine. In the transformational mine concept, the LDUUV lays networked sensors across a wide area. These track and identify every vessel within range. Depending on the situation, any vessel can be engaged, by either an anchored weapon or a torpedo from the UUV itself. The advantage of using an LDUUV is that the minefield can be switched on or off, or changed in size. It can be emplaced in advance, and never activated. De-mining and clear-up do not pose the major problem that they do with traditional mines.

The Navy plans to release a request for proposals for the LDUUV in 2014. Last October Rear Adm. Barry Bruner, the Navy’s undersea warfare director, indicated that up to 10 LDUUVs would be procured. The LDUUV is being pitched as a helper to complement manned submarines. However, if it achieves the technology goals for endurance and autonomy, it will pose serious questions of what exactly large unmanned craft could not ultimately do.


Submarine USS Seawolf Returns To Sea After Long Layoff

By Ed Friedrich, KITSAP, Wash., April 10, 2012

BREMERTON — Attack submarine USS Seawolf returned to sea after a 31-month, $280 million maintenance and modernizing stop at Puget Sound Naval Shipyard and Intermediate Maintenance Facility. It completed sea trials last week to ensure its systems were working properly and the boat was combat-ready. Now, the crew will go through a series of training and certification periods to improve their war-fighting ability.

"We are ecstatic to be at sea again, and Seawolf is even more capable and effective than at any time in her 15 years of service," Cmdr. Dan Packer, Seawolf's commanding officer, said in a news release.

The Seawolf was commissioned in July 1997, the first of what was planned to be 29 boats of its class. Their main mission was to destroy Soviet ballistic submarines before they could attack American targets. Though it was the quietest submarine ever built, it also was the most expensive. With the Cold War over, production was stopped after three boats, and the Navy switched to building smaller, cheaper Virginia-class submarines.

The other two Seawolfs are the USS Connecticut and USS Jimmy Carter.

They're homeported at Bremerton. The Navy says they're the fastest, quietest, deepest-diving and most heavily armed fast attack submarines in the fleet. The Navy officially lists the speed at 25-plus knots and the operating depth at "greater than 800 feet." The real numbers are secret. The subs can carry 50 Tomahawk cruise missiles or 50 Harpoon anti-ship missiles or 50 torpedoes or up to 100 mines.

The Jimmy Carter, which was modified to conduct secret operations such as transporting SEALS and undersea recovery, has been assigned to Bangor since November 2005.

The other two transferred from Groton, Conn., in 2007 as part of the Navy's shift of 60 percent of its firepower to the Pacific Ocean. The Seawolf arrived July 22, 2007; the Connecticut, after a deployment, Jan. 29, 2008.

All three could eventually wind up at Bangor.

In the environmental assessment for an explosives handling wharf, dated January 2012, is a section called "cumulative impacts." It lists past, present and reasonably foreseeable future projects in Hood Canal. Included is a Bangor service pier extension to homeport two more Seawolf-class submarines. It describes a 33,000-square-foot extension, new pier services and compressor building on the existing pier, upland maintenance support facility and 421-car parking lot.

Puget Sound Naval Bases Association annually treks to Washington, D.C., to encourage key politicians and Navy brass to support local Navy efforts. The pier was among issues it presented six weeks ago. The group says the submarines' squadron, Submarine Development Squadron 5, is working to get all the boats at Bangor. It would be less expensive and more efficient to centralize operations and training there.

The Navy couldn't confirm or elaborate on those plans Tuesday.


Please pass on to other vets. It's official:

DD-214 discharge papers are  NOW ONLINE. The National Personnel Records Center (NPRC) has provided the following website for veterans to gain access to their DD-214s online:


This may be particularly helpful when a veteran needs a copy of his/her DD-214 for employment purposes. NPRC is working to make it easier for veterans with computers and Internet access to obtain copies of documents from their military files.

Military veterans and the next of kin of deceased former military members may now use a new online military personnel records system to request documents.

Other individuals with a need for documents must still complete the Standard Form 180, which can be downloaded from the online web site. Because the requester will be asked to supply all information essential for NPRC to process the request, delays that normally occur when NPRC has to ask veterans for additional information will be minimized. The new web-based application was designed to provide better service on these requests by eliminating the records centers mailroom and
processing time.

Please pass this information on to former military personnel you may know and their dependents.


Seawolf Completes Sea Trials after Maintenance Period at PSNS
From Commander, Submarine Development Squadron 5 Public Affairs, April 7, 2012

BREMERTON, Wash. (NNS) -- The attack submarine USS Seawolf (SSN 21) returned to its homeport of Naval Base Kitsap April 3, after successful sea trials, capping a major maintenance period which lasted more than two years.

"Seawolf has worked hard to return to the fleet, and we are glad to be back at the tip of the spear," said Cmdr. Dan Packer, Seawolf's commanding officer.
For the past 31 months, Seawolf has been at Puget Sound Naval Shipyard and Intermediate Maintenance Facility (PSNS & IMF), where it underwent a $280 million maintenance package as part of a Depot Modernization Period.

PSNS & IMF has handled all intermediate and depot-level maintenance for Seawolf-class submarines since 2008.

"The Seawolf Depot Modernization Period was very challenging for the shipyard, as this was a first-time major availability for this unique submarine," said Greg Wolfe, Seawolf's project superintendent. "An incredibly talented shipyard management team and seamless teamwork with the ship guaranteed our success through the maintenance period."

While underway for sea trials, Seawolf was put through her paces, testing all systems and verifying that the boat had been restored to full combat capability.
"The talent and professionalism this crew demonstrated in getting our ship underway is a testament to the hard work, training, and dedication of all hands during our maintenance period," Packer said.

Seawolf's next challenge includes a series of training and certification periods for improving the crew's warfighting readiness.

"This crew is confident in their abilities and in the quality work Puget Sound Naval Shipyard and the Seawolf project management team accomplished over the last two years," Packer said. "We are ecstatic to be at sea again, and Seawolf is even more capable and effective than at any time in her 15 years of service."

Seawolf and the other two submarines in her class - USS Connecticut (SSN 22), also based in Bremerton, and USS Jimmy Carter (SSN 23), homeported at Naval Base Kitsap-Bangor - are the fastest, quietest, deepest diving, and most heavily armed fast attack submarines in the fleet.

Albany-Saratoga Base Memorial Dedication

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 www.subvetmemorial.com <http://www.subvetmemorial.com/> . 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 or al@ssbn657.com

USS 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 navy."

Santa Fe's commanding officer, Cmdr. David Adams, credits the award to the crew's hard work and dedication.

"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 10am-Noon
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 from 1100-Noon
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 today.

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 welcome!

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 join us!

Operations Manager
Naval Undersea Museum
Tel: 360-396-5548
Fax: 360-396-7944


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