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Friday, April 09, 2010

Submarine Birthday And Wearing Your Dolphins To Work

The Submarine Force will celebrate their 110th Birthday on Sunday, April 11th; the birth of the U.S. Submarine Force is dated to the acceptance of USS Holland (SS 1) by the Navy on 4/11/1900.

Did anyone wear their dolphins to work today? (Active duty guys don't count -- you always get to wear your dolphins.) If so, did you get any comments? (I was off today, so I'll be wearing mine to work on Sunday night. Unfortunately, I wear a bunny suit while working, so it's likely that no one will notice.)


Anonymous ex-ET nuke said...

I also wear a bunny suit, but I'll still be wearing my Dolphins Saturday night/Sunday morning. I work with a large number of former Submariners, so I will be curious how many others follow suit and wear their Dolphins.

4/10/2010 1:10 AM

Blogger Ret ANAV said...

There's just something basically wrong with being retired and still working weekends :)

4/10/2010 6:02 AM

Blogger Chap said...

What, active doesn't count? What if it's on DCUs?

4/10/2010 6:25 AM

Blogger kwicslvr said...

Seeing that tomorrow is the 11th and I "WILL" be at work I will let you know tomorrow if I wore them. :-) So goes commercial nuclear power.

4/10/2010 8:23 AM

Anonymous Joe Alferio said...

I work in a small instrument shop, (10 techs), but 4 of us are previous submarine ROs. And, we are not even a nuke plant.

I remember reading about this last year, but the date had gotten lost and I didn't get to wear my dolphins Friday or today.

I will dig them up and wear them on my day off tomorrow.

I read somewhere that since WWII, there have been just about as many sub qualified sailors as special forces qualified from all services, meaning Green Beret, SEAL, and Air Force PJ.

God bless all of you denizens of the deep.

Joe Alferio

4/10/2010 11:02 AM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

I work at a VA medical clinic and a lot of my co-workers are vets/retirees from other branches of service.

Received a few compliments from wearing mine and one sarcastic commentary about what the dolphins look like from a retired Air Force NCO. Personally, I think he was jealous.

4/10/2010 12:34 PM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

BH, what administrative processing or cleaning, if any, will your "bunny suit" accessory (dolphins) need to get them inside your working area?

Will you be wearing the mess dress or standard size?

Just curious

4/10/2010 12:47 PM

Blogger Vigilis said...

Wear one of my dolphin belt buckles everyday, everywhere unless meeting professionals for first time. Don't have a "dunlop", but never had a comment.

Oddly, my aunt's companion recognized the name of a boat on a civilians SSN ballcap 4 states away from me. Turned out to be a former A-gang chief who knew me.

4/10/2010 1:27 PM

Blogger Old Curmudgeon said...

Hmmm, bunny suit. First thing that went through my mind was:

4/10/2010 8:11 PM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

I wear my 603 Dolphin web belt and belt buckel every day, even with slacks and tie. I get interesting questions and it is fun talking about it.

4/11/2010 9:49 AM

Blogger Vigilis said...

Awesome. Lost my little web-belt-sized dolphin buckel years ago.

Proudly wear the no-miss 3.5" x 2.25" versions. Belts of that width (you probably don't even own one of those - too gauche for a sarcastic little dude like you?)
won't fit most slack loops on the rare occasions I ever wear a tie.

We all know, unless you're still wearing white or dark slacks with those ties, your khaki web belts are just dandy, RD.

4/11/2010 1:23 PM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Does the old dolphin ring count as wearing ones dolphins?

I think that the original ring maker passed on or went out of buisness but a newer company makes a similar model of dolphin ring.

4/12/2010 11:22 AM

Blogger jbbrandes said...

I worked for years on Trident II SSBN development, but as a civilian, not uniformed. I'm proud of those days, and I miss my involvement in the program and my friends from those days very much and would like to show my pride in those days. I wont wear anything that is strictly for uniformed members, but is there an acceptable submarine ring that I may wear. Is there an equivalent "sweetheart" (or equivalent) type ring that civilian SSBN engineers can wear?

5/20/2010 11:15 PM

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5/20/2010 11:16 PM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Wear my (miniture) dolphins on my suit as much as possible. Usually to special dress occasions. It was not easy to earn them, so going to reap the benefit of wearing them when I can.

Rob S.
USS Tecumseh SSBN 628 (1986-1989)

3/09/2011 1:47 PM


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