The equation is simple. The number of surfaces must equal the number of dives in order for a submarine to be considered successful in its mission. There are very few other finite measurements that can be applied to submarines throughout our long history. But that doesn’t mean that the time beneath the surface or […]Read More A deep diving dog? There’s something you don’t see every day.
This is the fourth in the series about the 41 for Freedom submarines. If you have followed the series, you have noticed that they are not in chronological order. I am trying to remain faithful to the way they were arranged in the book EMINENT AMERICANS, NAMESAKES of the POLARIS SUBMARINE FLEET, by H. G. […]Read More USS James Madison SSBN 627 – Tribute to a Founding Father
This is the third in the 41 for freedom series of Articles on theleansubmariner. Like the first two, it captures the thoughts of the man who was the Father of the Nuclear Navy in his own words from his book about the submarines that were named after American icons. Thomas Jefferson was a very complicated […]Read More USS Thomas Jefferson SSBN 618 – Hostility Against Tyranny
The world is filled with pollywogs and Shellbacks There were a number of very old traditions observed when I was a sailor so many years ago. One of the most significant was explained to me in great detail on the 8th of February 1974 on the USS George Washington (SSBN 598) Blue crew. The submarine […]Read More Get in line you useless pollywog! Prepare to meet King Neptune!
Homesick Once upon a time on a submarine far, far away (USS San Francisco to be exact) a number of us were homesick for the place we had originally called home. In this case, it was Western Pennsylvania. The 711 boat was a hard working boat and once we hit our homeport in Pearl Harbor, […]Read More Can the Groundhog see his shadow underwater?
Greetings I have been contacted by some folks in Indiana about supporting two missions. The first is the dedication of the Sail in Vincennes (possibly in April. Second, they are getting closer to commissioning the new USS Indianapolis LCS and would like to have a way to connect the crew members from the boat […]Read More Calling all USS Indianapolis SSN 697 Sailors
Post number 697 : Serving on the Indy In 1988, I had applied to the Navy’s Chief Warrant Officer program and had a good feeling about being accepted. I had taken a number of hard assignments along the way with a broad range of experience. Machinist Mate, Career Counselor, Master Training Specialist and a lot […]Read More SSN 697 USS Indianapolis – An unexpected stop along the journey
The End of the World was THIS close. This is a story about a series of events that happened in the late 1950’s that changed the course of the world in one of its darkest times. America and her allies had squared off against the Soviet Union in an increasingly complex game of […]Read More The End of the World was THIS close. (The Gaither Report and its consequences)
USS John Adams SSBN 620 When I first read the book by Admiral Rickover about the 41 for Freedom boats, I was curious about the order of the chapters. After all, the hull numbers started at 598 and here we were on the second chapter with hull number 620. But to Admiral Rickover’s ordered mind, the […]Read More USS John Adams SSBN 620 – Libertatem amicitiam retinebis et fidem (Freedom and friendship thou shall preserve, and faith)
Writing the story of the “Eminent Americans… Namesakes of the Polaris Submarine Fleet” Of all the treasures about submarine lore that have been recorded, very few meet the level of excitement for me than the book listed in the title to this post. When Admiral Rickover originally wrote his letters about the men who make […]Read More Writing the story of the “Eminent Americans… Namesakes of the Polaris Submarine Fleet”