I have been compiling submissions from anyone who will aid the effort, basically the Sub Vets and the Fleet, for my next book. I have been collecting Submariner Sea Stories for well over a year now, and the submissions have dwindled to nil. I keep posting notes, on such places as Classmates.com, Facebook.com, SeaDevilSSN664.org, and a few online military sites, and did not get very many contacts from even the "American Submariner" for this compilation. I only have 30% of the needed material to proceed into pre-publication mode, and I urge more people to donate. I will use your name and boat if allowed by you when it is time.
A portion of any profits realized will go to fund worthy endeavors of the USSVI and organizations aiding submariner families. Reduced rate copies of the final product, signed by the author, will be available to the submitters of selected and authorized stories. Remember that I will not publish anything that compromises National Security, which each of us has already signed off on.
I now have two cancers, both in hide-mode at this juncture by the Grace of God, and if my dream does not come to fruition at my own hands, there are those in place to finish it to its completion, and it will be offered to the Submarine Force at large. Submissions may be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org; be sure to include “SUBMARINE BOOK” in the subject title so it does not get past me somehow.
I am also still bantering about titles, so if you want to contribute a title, and it gets used, you will receive a free copy, signed by the author, upon publication. I thank you all for your service and taking time to read this and, before you forget it, send me a line with an amusing anecdote from your Submarine experience to share with all of us, and not just save them for your Reunion cronies. Thank you in advance, .... Jim Schenk, 214, 586, 664.
December 20, 2012
It has happened! The first two women sailors have received their Submarine Dolphins. They qualified aboard the USS Maine SSBN 741.
The Navy announced today that it will commission its newest attack submarine California, Saturday, Oct. 29, 2011, during an 11 a.m. EDT ceremony at Norfolk Naval Station in Norfolk, Va.
Rep. Howard "Buck" McKeon, House Armed Services Committee chairman, will deliver the ceremony's principal address. Donna Willard, wife of Adm. Robert Willard, commander, U.S. Pacific Command, will serve as ship's sponsor. In the time-honored Navy tradition she will give the first order to "man our ship and bring her to life!"
California is named in recognition of the people of the "Golden State. The selection of California honors the thousands of men and women from the state who serve in today's armed forces, and the millions of Californian veterans and their families. As home to major Naval and Marine Corps installations, the selection of California also reflects the tremendous support provided to the Navy and Marine Corps by countless communities across the Golden State. This will be the seventh ship to bear the name California.
Designated SSN 781, the eighth ship of the Virginia class, California is built to excel in anti-submarine warfare; anti-ship warfare; strike warfare; special operations; intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance; irregular warfare; and mine warfare missions. Adept at operating in both the world's shallow littoral regions and deep waters, California will directly enable five of the six Navy maritime strategy core capabilities -- sea control, power projection, forward presence, maritime security, and deterrence.
Cmdr. Dana A. Nelson, a native of Clinton, Conn., and a 1992 graduate from the U.S. Naval Academy, will be the ship's commanding officer, leading a crew of approximately 134 officers and enlisted personnel.
The 7,800-ton California is built under a teaming arrangement between Huntington Ingalls Industry-Newport News Shipbuilding and General Dynamics-Electric Boat. She is 377-feet long, has a 34-foot beam, and will be able to dive to depths of greater than 800 feet and operate at speeds in excess of 25 knots submerged. California is designed with a nuclear reactor plant that will not require refueling during the planned life of the ship -- reducing lifecycle costs while increasing underway time.
Eight women reported to Submarine Training at the New London Submarine Base today. They will join 74 men in a class that is training for an assignment aboard a submarine. The 8 women are among 18 women chosen to be the first to serve aboard a previously all male dominated branch of the service.
Four Navy Subs Picked for Female Officers
Twenty-four female officers in training for submarine service have been selected to be the first women to serve aboard a submarine, the last Navy warships that were off-limits to women.
The boats selected were the USS Wyoming and USS Georgia based in Kings Bay, Georgia and the USS Maine and USS Ohio based in Bangor, Washington.
The officers will serve in teams of three, all sharing a stateroom. They will share a head with male officers which will have a reversible sign that lets the men know that it is in use by a female and vice versa.
The initial deployment orders for the female officers have them joining their boats in December of 2011.
A male dominated era is coming to an end. What will be next?
"The Royal Navy's newest and largest attack submarine has run aground during routine sea trials off the coast of Scotland. In a severe embarrassment for the Royal Navy, the £1billion nuclear-powered HMS Astute became stuck on rocks near the Isle of Skye this morning.
The Astute does not carry nuclear warheads but has a greater firepower than any previous attack sub making it Britain's latest nuclear sub. There is not thought to be any injuries.
Residents said the 97 yard-long submarine, the length of 10 double-decker buses, was stuck on rocks near Skye Bridge. The Defence Secretary, Dr Liam Fox, said: 'The submarine is stable in calm waters. Normal safety procedures are being undertaken. There is no risk to the public or to those on board'.
The grounding comes after dire week for the Royal Navy in which its flag-ship HMS Ark Royal was decommissioned early, Harrier jump jets axed and the warship force reduced by almost a quarter. Astute is believed to have been undergoing sea trials as it is not expected to enter service until next year." :Daily Mail, UK news article:
Reminds me of the good ol' days and a drink called "Jackson on the Rocks".