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4-20-2012 Kap(ss) 4 Kid(ss)


I have coordinated with the Child Life Specialist at Mary Bridge Children's Hospital
to have our next Kap(ss) 4 Kid(ss)visit on May 9th at 0930. You know the rules, but
if you need a refresher, let me know.

Thank you

John Mansfield
South Sound Base Kap(ss) 4 Kid(ss) Chairman
360 569 0507


4-20-2012 Final Reminder to honor your shipmates, Bases and Newsletter editor with nominations for 2012 awards.
If you have not done so, please submit them to John Stanford, USSVI Awards Chairman. Jstan131@comcast.net .

All categories except newsletter of the year award should be submitted by April 30th, Newsletters by May 15th.
Rules and Regs are on the ussvi website; www.ussvi.org

Thank you.
John Mansfield
WRD4 Commander
360 569 0507


4-18-2012 Candidates for USSVI National Secretary 


I am in the running for National Secretary, USSVI, I thought it important to release my biography in regards to seeking that position, please see attached and give it whatever distribution as called for - thank you...

Best Regards,


John Clear EMC(SS) USN Ret.
Submarine Memorabilia, Inc., President
Olympic Peninsula Base, USSVI, Commander
180 Robin Lane
Port Ludlow, WA 98365-9522



Greetings Shipmates,

I have thrown my hat in the ring and will running for election to the office of USSVI National Secretary.

Attached is a summary outline of my experience, and what I consider my qualifications for the position, and ask the District Commanders and
Base Commanders receiving this to please Distribute to those USSVI Shipmates you have in your E-Mail Address Book. Your vote for me during the balloting process will be greatly appreciated.\

Best regards,

Len Heiselt
Western Region
District Six Commander

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)

4-8-2012  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.


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

Vote for John, Click for bio

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

4-18-2012 Deterrent Park Update

Since the October 2011 brick installation, nine sponsors have donated 20 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), Sullivan and Dilg.


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)"





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Other News of Interest to Submariners

China And Russia Launch Navy Drills In Yellow Sea

Radioaustralianews.net, Apr 22, 2012


China and Russia launched their first joint naval exercises on Sunday in the Yellow Sea off the east coast of China.


China has 16 naval vessels and two submarines taking part in the exercises while Russia has four warships, according to state media.


They will focus on joint air defence, anti-submarine tactics and search and rescue, as well as simulated rescue of hijacked vessels and anti-terrorism drills.

"This joint military exercise is a long scheduled one between China and Russia in order to uphold regional peace and stability," foreign ministry spokesman Liu Weimin said.


The six days of drills come amid tensions between China and its Asian neighbours over territorial claims in the South China Sea.

China's army newspaper warned on Saturday that other military exercises now taking place in Asia between the United States and the Philippines could lead to armed confrontation.


"The mentality behind this sort of military exercise will lead to the road of military confrontation and armed force as a resolution," the People's Liberation Army Daily said.


China and several of its neighbours have rival claims to uninhabited islands in the strategic maritime region, which is believed to be rich in oil and natural gas and supports key shipping lanes.


Beijing and Tokyo also have a long-running dispute over another chain of islands in the East China Sea, called Diaoyu by China and Senkaku by Japan, which sit in rich fishing grounds that may also harbour energy resources.


China's drills with Russia have taken place through a regional grouping, the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation, which groups the two with central Asian countries in a forum originally established to counter NATO influence.



Annapolis Chief Of Boat Relieved Of Duty

Allegations made of alcohol-related misconduct

By Jennifer McDermott, The Day, Apr 20, 2012


The chief of the boat on the USS Annapolis has been relieved of his duties due to allegations of alcohol-related misconduct, according to the Navy.

Senior Chief Sonar Technician Gregory Cordray was relieved of his duties Thursday as the most senior enlisted sailor on the Annapolis by the commanding officer of the submarine, according to Submarine Group Two.


The alleged misconduct occurred while Cordray was on liberty overseas, or off-duty while in port, Group Two said. The investigation, which is being conducted by Submarine Development Squadron Twelve in Groton, is ongoing.


Annapolis (SSN 760) is currently deployed. Cordray has been temporarily assigned to the squadron.


Master Chief Electronics Technician Ed Durrua will temporarily assume the duties of the chief of the boat.


Cordray has been on the Annapolis since 2011 and has served in the Navy since 1988. Submarine Group Two could not immediately respond to questions.


Seawolf Gets A Secret Upgrade

The Strategy Page, Apr 21, 2012


The American SSN (nuclear attack sub) USS Seawolf has returned to service after a 31 month, $280 million refurbishment. The Seawolf entered service in 1997, and SSNs typically undergo a major maintenance and upgrades after about 20 years. The Seawolf went in for this kind of work early, and the refurbishment was more extensive (and expensive) than usual for regular Depot Modernization Period work. This may have to do with the fact that the Seawolf was the first of its class. This might indicate the installation of some special equipment for intelligence missions. A sister ship, the USS Carter, was extensively outfitted as an intelligence and special operations submarine. The navy admitted what the Carter was rebuilt for but for even more sensitive missions you would want to withhold all details.


The twenty-nine 9,000 ton Seawolf-class SSNs were supposed to replace the Cold War era Los Angeles boats but Seawolf proved too expensive. Only three were built. The Seawolf was designed for the Cold War, carrying fifty weapons (torpedoes, cruise missiles, or Harpoon anti-ship missiles) for its eight 26-inch (660-millimeter) torpedo tubes. Seawolf was fast (top speed of over 60 kilometers an hour) and much quieter than the Los Angeles boats. To replace the un-built Seawolfs the 7,800 ton Virginia-class was designed. Think of it as a Los Angeles size hull with a lot of Seawolf technology installed. The Virginia-class boats ended up costing about half as much as the Seawolfs. But that was largely possible because the Virginias used a lot of the new technology developed for Seawolf.


The U.S. currently has three classes of SSN. Most are the 6,900 ton Los Angeles-class SSNs. Sixty-two of these submarines were built, and 43 are still in service. Armed with four 21-inch (533-millimeter) torpedo tubes, they carry twenty-six weapons for those tubes (either the Mk 48 torpedoes or BGM-109 Tomahawk cruise missiles). The last 31 Los Angeles-class SSNs added the Mk 45 vertical-launch system (VLS), which carries another twelve Tomahawks. If built today these late model Los Angeles class boats would cost about $1.5 billion each. There are eight Virginias in service and another 24 planned.

COMSUBPAC Pins New Information Dominance Warfare Officers

By Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Ronald Gutridge, Commander, Submarine Force, U.S. Pacific Fleet Public Affairs, Apr 21, 2012


PEARL HARBOR, Hawaii (NNS) -- Four officers from Commander Submarine Force, U.S. Pacific Fleet (COMSUBPAC) were awarded the Information Dominance Warfare Officer (IDWO) designation at a pinning ceremony at Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam, April 20.Capt. Daryl Caudle, COMSUBPAC chief of staff, pinned Cmdr. Jimmie Jones, Lt. Daniel Fugett, Lt. j.g. Roderick Smith and Lt. Gregory Miller and expressed the importance of this to the Submarine Force and the Navy.


"Submarine warfare of the future must include a deep understanding and application of the cyber techniques, capabilities, and tactics that our Information Dominance Warfare Officers have mastered," said Caudle. "By coupling the clandestine nature and persistent presence the submarine force already provides combatant commanders with the force multiplication effects that information and cyber operations enable, our Information Dominance Warfare Officers will play an essential role in the transformation of traditional submarine warfare across all levels of the electromagnetic spectrum."


The U.S. Navy's Vision for Information Dominance highlights capabilities that are already evolving, from the 20th century supporting functions to a main battery of 21st century American sea power.


"With this program we are continually increasing our proficiency in qualifying individuals who are specialized in information dominance," said Smith. "I cannot express enough how important this is for the future of the submarine force and its ability to combat cyber warfare."


CNO directed that the Navy position itself to remain pre-eminent in the fields of intelligence, cyber warfare, command and control, electronic warfare and other battle field and knowledge management disciplines. Members of the Intelligence, Information Warfare, Information/Network Management, Oceanography and Space Cadre comprise the Information Dominance Corps and are eligible to qualify for the IDWO pin which was established February 2009.



Columbus Visits Yokosuka During Western Pacific Deployment

By Lt. Lara Bollinger, Submarine Group 7 Public Affairs, Apr 18, 2012

YOKOSUKA, Japan (NNS) -- Los Angeles-class fast attack submarine USS Columbus (SSN 762) arrived at Fleet Activities Yokosuka April 19 for a visit as part of its deployment to the western Pacific.

With a crew of approx 130, Columbus will conduct a multitude of missions and showcase the latest capabilities of the submarine fleet. While in Yokosuka, Columbus Sailors will participate in numerous events, including a submarine birthday ball that will be hosted by Commander, Submarine Group 7 in Tokyo.

"We are honored to be in Japan and appreciate the warm welcome from our host nation," said Cmdr. Dave Youtt, commanding officer of Columbus. "We are always excited to work with our strong allies and represent the U.S. Submarine Force. It is a wonderful opportunity to celebrate the submarine force's 112th birthday with our counterparts at the submarine birthday ball."

Columbus is scheduled to participate in various exercises in the region during the remainder of her deployment.

"The crew has worked hard on this deployment and this port visit to Yokosuka affords them a much needed opportunity to recharge," said senior chief Herman Del Toro, chief of the boat. "The crew is excited to participate in the submarine birthday celebration and visit Tokyo."

For many of the crew members, this is their first time visiting Japan.

"I'm very excited to be able to see some of the Japanese culture," said electronics technician 2nd class Christopher Lee. "I hope to attend a baseball game while in Japan, to see just how exciting the games are."

Measuring more than 360 feet long and weighing more than 6000 tons when submerged, Columbus is one of the most capable submarines in the world. This submarine supports a multitude of missions, including anti-submarine warfare, anti-surface ship warfare, strike, intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance.

Columbus is homeported in Pearl Harbor, Hawaii and was commissioned in 1993.

USS Chicago Arrives On Guam

By Nick Delgado, kuam.com, Apr 19, 2012

Guam - The Los Angeles Class attack submarine USS Chicago arrived at the Sierra Pier on Naval Base Guam this afternoon. That's where hundreds of family members anxiously waited to finally see their sailor as they arrived at their new homeport station.

It was a formal ceremony showcasing the island hospitality and welcoming the 150 sailors aboard the USS Chicago to Guam. Families and friends each waiting to finally see their loved one arrive such as the submarine commanding officer's wife, Erin Tilbrook and daughter Riley. "Its been about seven and a half weeks since I saw him so we are happy to have him on Guam, its our second tour here, we love it here, we are blessed to be back and blessed to have daddy back home," she said. "Just happy to have my dad back," said Riley.

USS Chicago commander Nick Tilbrook was first to step off and greeted with a floral lay. He was last stationed on Guam in 2005. He says the crew also took short deployments to the territory throughout 2009. "For maintenance or for liberty but now we've actually changed homeport so we are here on Guam to stay," he said.

But this time the trip is a permanent change of station from Pearl Harbor, Hawaii. The USS Chicago will be maintaining three submarines forward-deployed to the island. It is also replacing the USS Houston which left Guam earlier this year. Said Tilbrook, "We provide coverage in the Western Pacific, rapid response increases the US presence in the region."

The crew also got a special visit from Chicago. "We came out to greet the boat here, we were with the boat in Hawaii in December with a number of club members celebrating the 25th anniversary of the commissioning of the Chicago," said Lee Benish. He's president of the 721 Club in Chicago. The civilian support organization for the past 25 years has been doing annual visits to the USS Chicago conducting a lot of partnership missions, family relief groups and showing appreciation for the military.

He said, "We are very fortunate right now in this transfer to have partnered with United Airlines, Giordano's pizza and Vienna Beef in Chicago to bring Chicago to Guam to welcome them here as well as the wonderful Guamanian welcome that's been here."

Benish says he plans on returning to Guam with more members in January 2013. Meantime, local boy, HM1 John Eustaquio, who was assigned to the USS Chicago in October last year, says he's happy he can work in the place he calls home. "I was excited, there's nothing like coming back home bringing my girls back to Guam for ht first time so that's the exciting part for me is having them come see the grandparents and family," he said.

The USS Chicago's move to Guam enhances the military force flexibility, and allows freedom of action, regional engagement, crisis response and deterrence.

Nebraska (Gold) Returns Home to Bangor after Patrol
rom Submarine Group 9 Public Affairs, Apr 16, 2012

BANGOR, Wash. (NNS) -- The Ohio-class ballistic missile submarine USS Nebraska (SSBN 739), with its Gold Crew aboard, returned home to Naval Base Kitsap-Bangor April 12 after a 70-day strategic deterrent patrol.

"The crew performed great over a very demanding refit and patrol," said Cmdr. Mike Fisher, Gold Crew commanding officer. "Their enthusiasm and high morale was recognized by everyone."

Gold Crew Sailors were joined by members of their families for the final leg of Nebraska's transit to Bangor's Delta Pier.

During Nebraska's patrol, which began Feb. 3, a total of 29 Gold Crew Sailors - 25 enlisted and four officers - completed their submarine qualifications. As a result, those Sailors earned the right to wear the traditional "dolphins" of a submariner.

"I could not have asked for a better performance from this crew," Fisher added. "They should be very proud of their accomplishments."In addition, two Gold Crew Sailors became fathers while on patrol.

Nebraska is one of eight Ohio-class ballistic missile submarines homeported at Naval Base Kitsap-Bangor, providing the survivable leg of the nation's strategic deterrent forces.


MCPON Attends Bangor Submarine Ball

By Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Thomas L. Rosprim, Office of the Master Chief Petty Officer of the Navy, Apr 16, 2012

SEATTLE (NNS) -- Master Chief Petty Officer of the Navy (MCPON) spoke to area Sailors and their guests at the Seattle Submarine Ball April 14.

MCPON (SS/SW) Rick D. West spoke to a crowd of roughly 1,300 during the ball celebrating the 112th anniversary of the submarine force.

"This is where I began my Navy career in 1981," said West. "If you would have told me then that I'd be back here only a few short years later, or around 28, to speak to you as your MCPON, I would have probably believed you 100 percent. I may have been a little too cocky back in those days."

MCPON spoke to the attendees about Navy, family, camaraderie, and the inherent danger of being a member of the submarine force.

"You [submariners] don't see light of day for months at a time," said West. "Yet you keep your enthusiasm infectious and you go to sea anyway, cruising below the ocean's cloak."

MCPON roamed the floor of the ball engaging Sailors, friends, and family along the way. Photo opportunities abound as MCPON spent more than two hours taking photos with those who asked for his time.

Bangor is the world's largest submarine homeport in the world; submarine history here is of upmost importance.

"All of you here today come from a line of brave men," said West. "Sailors who go to sea on ships that sink by design over the vast expanse of hydro-space, submariners who have paid the ultimate sacrifice to save their shipmates from ultimate disaster, sailors who have paved the way for you. Shipmates, it's your turn, earn this".


 (Also, Bremerton Base WWII Vet, HC & Life Member Paul Christofferson attended, cut the birthday cake and was recognized as oldest person in attendance.  Base Secretary Wayne Sieckowski accompanied Paul and his wife./ GCed)














USS Arizona - Eternal Peace

Something that few realize!



Canada's Submarine Program Keeping Its Head Above Water

The Daily Townsman, Apr 13, 2012

You'd think a country that has as many kilometres of coastline as Canada (243,792 km, the most in the world) could manage the crafts that traverse its waters - above and below - a little better. And I'm not even going to get into the craft that fly above our waters because, sheesh, that's a whole different column about aging Sea Kings and expensive fighter jets.

Let's concentrate on boats. And by boats I mean ferries. And submarines. I think you know where I'm going with this. You see we, as a people, just don't make good sense when it comes to boats.

We all remember the fast ferries debacle, begun so proudly in British Columbia in the late 90's and killed in 2003 after numerous problems, with the ferries being sold for a fraction of their huge cost.

In any event, the fast ferries were sold and the old ferries were back on the job, carting goods and people across the water to Vancouver Island. At an enormous price tag per crossing I might add. Where else could you have a free ferry over a scenic route on Kootenay Lake - that has an alternate route (!) - and a paid ferry to get to Vancouver Island, where there is no alternate route.

But I'll give this to British Columbia, we do know when to pull the plug when something doesn't work, although that particular turn of phrase may not be best for a boating-related article.

However, another program was also begun in the late 90's involving watercraft, and this one, the government of Canada, in its infinite wisdom, has not yet given up on. I speak of course of our fleet of submarines, leased from Britain in 1999 for $800 million. At the time it was considered a real steal. Interesting word, steal.

HMCS Windsor, Chicoutimi, Corner Brook and Victoria have spent more time in dry dock in the past 13 years than they have in the water. Currently HMCS Windsor is back in the water after a lengthy dry dock. The bill for that ran to $45 million in one year. Neither HMCS Corner Brook nor HMCS Chicoutimi is ready for service yet. HMCS Victoria test fired torpedoes off the west coast last month. Hope they didn't hit a ferry.

From mapleleafweb.com: Indeed, the estimated yearly costs of operating the four submarines has risen to $121 million from about $97 million. Further, due to their collective structural problems, the overall cost of acquiring the submarines has risen to $897 million - from the original $800 million price tag.

I suspect the Brits are still having a good chuckle about that sub deal.

"I say Nigel, did you hear that those bloody Canucks are still trying to get the Victoria Class submarines into the water?"

"I did hear that, Charles. You know what they say, only in Canada."

So on we go, hoping that someday a real first will occur - all four subs will be in the water and operating at the same time. Defence Minister Peter MacKay has said it would be another couple of years before all four submarines are fully operational.

Here's a suggestion - the West Edmonton Mall just got rid of their submarine fleet. Maybe they could lease it to Canada as an interim fleet until the Victoria Class gets its act together.


USS WASHINGTON: New Navy Attack Submarine Named After State

Tri-City Herald, Apr 13, 2012

SEATTLE The Navy announced Friday that one of its newest nuclear submarines will bear the name USS Washington.

The Washington was named along with four other upcoming Virginia-class attack submarines.

The USS Washington, designated SSN 787, will be the third Navy vessel to bear the name. USS Washington ACR-11 was an armored cruiser commissioned in 1905 and USS Washington BB56 was a WWII-era battleship.

SSN 787 is a 7,800-ton, 377-foot-long attack submarine with the capability to conduct ballistic missile, anti-ship and anti-submarine operations. It will also serve as a special forces insertion and support platform.

U.S. Senator Patty Murray said the USS Washington serves as recognition of the support the state offers the Navy and Naval submarining.

“I am pleased that the Navy has announced that one of their newest submarines will recognize Washington state’s great contributions to the Navy’s submarine history and its role as the third largest fleet concentration in the United States,” Murray said.

“As home to Naval Base Kitsap, our state has been a center for the construction, operation, repair and maintenance of the US submarine fleet for nearly 40 years. This is a well deserved honor.”

The other four new subs announced by the Navy are the USS Illinois, USS Colorado, USS Indiana and the USS South Dakota. (Think Olympia folks will permit USS Washington to visit the state capital?  They refused USS Olympia a few years ago. GCed)


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.


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