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Wednesday, June 03, 2009

Official USS Hawaii Blog

From a ComSubPac news release:
A newly-created internet blog is being facilitated by Commander, Submarine Force U.S. Pacific Fleet (COMSUBPAC) Public Affairs in conjunction with USS Hawaii (SSN 776) crewmembers to chronicle the submarine’s historic arrival to its new home port of Naval Station Pearl Harbor.
The blog will feature posts from the submarine’s leadership on topics such as the transit from Groton as well as the crew’s activities and training accomplishments. The blog can be accessed through the COMSUBPAC official website ( or independently at
The public is encouraged to comment on any posts that interest them and to check back for the newest USS Hawaii information and arrival updates.
You can visit the new blog here. Since they set up the blog on Blogspot, the CSP PAO office will need to make sure they don't get too much comment spam built up; that being said, I'm glad to see this "new" technology being utilized. I'm hoping that eventually all boats might have an interactive website devoted to them. (As an advantage, you could eventually use the blogs for any needed disinformation, e.g. posting about the crew doing activities in port when they're actually out to sea doing secret squirrel stuff.)


Blogger tennvol said...

Can someone help me out with why this arrival in Pearl Harbor is historic?

6/03/2009 2:12 PM

Blogger Rubber Ducky said...

Answer: HAWAII comes to Hawaii...

There's an aspect of these homeport shifts that is worthy of examination and that's the effect of the rules on transportation of dependents and HHGs. As explained by CO of one of the boats going around, if the individual is within 12 months of PRD, sorry Charlie, no transport. If true, it's either an ugly burden on the troops and families or an area of leadership and management to get the PRDs lined up right. Worthy of explication...

6/03/2009 3:05 PM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

I'm not entirely certain about how or why the boat's new home is historic, either.

However, I will say I'd much rather be stationed in Pearl rather than Groton. If I was on that boat right now I'd be happy as hell too.

Hey Joel, here's an idea for ya,
Hows about a future thread asking the readers what their favorite and least favorite home ports are/were...and why.

6/03/2009 3:15 PM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Historic? Probably not. Notable? Certainly - it's the first VIRGINIA Class Submarine to be homeported in Hawaii, and it's the namesake submarine for the state. The sponsor is Linda Lingle, current governor of the state. They will go all out to welcome the ship.

6/03/2009 4:41 PM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Was it historic when the Groton was stationed in Groton or the Norfolk, Portsmouth, Newport News, Hampton, and Virginia were stationed in Hampton Roads?

How about the Georgia in Kings Bay? Whenever that is.

The Honolulu in Pearl Harbor?

Yeah, this IS groundbreaking. [/saracsm]

6/03/2009 6:45 PM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

CSP is probably just trying to spice things up a bit. Not too much "good" news reported in force lately. This is an easy target and is a good excuse to do a little more for the ship than the standard lei, clown and band.

Just roll with it and be happy the Sailors get something.

6/03/2009 7:32 PM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Good thing the Hawaii is on her way to Hawaii right now. Knowing the mentality of the crew, that blog would turn ugly quickly if they started this back during her PSA!

6/03/2009 8:37 PM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

anon @ 6:45pm - VIRGINIA was never homeported in Norfolk (ships are homeported, not "stationed"). She was built at EB and has been homeported in Groton ever since. PORTSMOUTH was never homeported in Norfolk - she was a San Diego boat. GEORGIA is already homeported in Kings Bay, and yes, they made a big deal of it. And, we're talking about the HAWAII, not the HONOLULU (decommed two years ago). Other than that, you're a really perceptive and insightful contributor. [/sarcasm...]

6/03/2009 8:39 PM

Blogger Chap said...

Yeah, we never got news releases whenever Kamehameha updated its web site.

mutter mutter...

6/04/2009 2:37 AM

Anonymous Haw said...

Hawaii is such a great place. It's a very nice vacation spot. One popular clothing they have are Hawaiian shirts. It's nice seeing people wearing them. It just reflects their cool personality. I like the prints in this site. 'Cool shirts right? =)

6/04/2009 2:48 AM

Blogger 630-738 said...

I always thought it odd that GEORGIA wasn't homeported in KB (other than the fact that she was a C4 boat) right up until she moved there. Such a big deal was made of this, one could forget that she was preceded by the arrival of FLORIDA. I find that odd since you can pretty much see the state of Florida from the pier.

6/04/2009 7:23 AM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Both SSN 774+ and SSBN’s are named after states? That will be confusing.

6/04/2009 10:10 AM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Portsmouth did indeed conduct a change of homeport (called a change of homeport) to Norfolk Naval Shipyard (called hell).

6/04/2009 4:09 PM

Blogger RM1(SS) (ret) said...

Anon 3:15 - I spent the last five-and-a-bit years of my career on Providence (719), in Groton, because it was the only boat the detailer offered me that wasn't in Hawai`i.

6/04/2009 8:25 PM

Blogger Harry Buckles said...

It's a good thing SUBPAC made sure to point out to readers of the press release that they're doing an 'internet blog' vice some other type of blog. It they hadn't, I might be inclined to look for the blog in my local newspaper.

6/05/2009 12:04 PM


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