I recently posted a story about sea trials and the USS San Francisco (SSN 711). My shipmate EM1/SS Jerry Stanek was a Plankowner on the boat and has remained a friend for over 39 years. We don’t see each other much anymore but still stay in touch.
I mentioned that Jerry has a copy of the talk that Admiral Rickover gave at the completion of our sea trials. That is included with this post.
The words the Admiral wrote ring as true today as they did in 1981.
Admiral Rickover wrote letters to Congress as each of the SSBN’s in the Forty One for Freedom boats were brought to life. Those stories were later included in his book published in 1972 called Eminent Americans. I have been including excerpts from that book in my series about the Forty One For Freedom boats. To my knowledge, there was never a book written about the nuclear Fast Attack submarines that were being produced during after that same time. I wonder how many other Fast Boat sailors might have a copy of any material the Admiral wrote about their special boat.
Last thing. We have had a couple of gatherings for the 711 in the past ten years. I think we are overdue for the next one. The boat continues preparing for her new role as a training unit and new shipmates are taking on their roles as the keepers. I am looking forward to seeing them in our next gathering of the Saints. Thanks Jerry for always being a good guy. Hand Salute.