In 1901, predictions about the coming changes to the navies of the world were abundant. The industrial revolution had produced new technologies and science was rapidly advancing in many fields. The recent Spanish American war had shown how important a flexible navy was to a countries defense and the introduction of submarine warfare brought an […]Read More “Navies are soon to disappear, according to a critic in the New York Herald” July 1901
Denizens of the deep – Pursuing the ultimate underwater weapon: the original birth of the Fast Attack Mankind has always had a fascination with being able to move freely under the water for long periods of time. Because of our nature, man has also sought to take advantage of the darkness and anomalies of the […]Read More Denizens of the Deep – The idea that spawned the American Fast Attack Fleet
Thirty years is a long time for a ship to remain active. The Von Steuben is an excellent example of a submarine that was built to last and flexible enough to transition through a number of weapons systems as technology improved. She represented a system in flux. The earlier missiles which were pushed into production […]Read More Fidelity, Industry and Courage – The USS Von Steuben SSBN 632
We are soldiers who devote ourselves to arms not for the invasion of other countries, but for the defense of our own, not for the gratification of our private interests but for public security Nathanael Greene I belong to MOAA and have for a few decades since I retired from the Navy But I was […]Read More For the defense of our own… USS Nathanael Greene SSBN 636
Surrender “in the name of the Great Jehovah and the Continental Congress.” There are very few heroes from America’s early history that have as much color as Ethan Allen. Growing up, I remember reading stories about his exploits in the public school that I attended, but frankly, his actual story is so much more interesting […]Read More Surrender “in the name of the Great Jehovah and the Continental Congress.” USS Ethan Allen SSBN 608
When the Polaris program was first conceived, the technology to make it all work did not exist. Neither did the submarine platforms that would need to carry the new weapons. In fact, the George Washington was a strange creature that evolved from the world of Fast Attacks that in and of themselves were revolutionary. Gone […]Read More The Hero of the Two Worlds (Le Héros des Deux Mondes) USS Lafayette SSBN 616
I saw this posted on a web site today and had to share. For all of my friends down in North Carolina, I do sincerely hope there are not too many like this person running around without adult supervision. We have had people like this throughout the history of the country. Otherwise PT Barnum would […]Read More A more modern way of living… really???