Keeping the blogosphere posted on the goings on of the world of submarines since late 2004... and mocking and belittling general foolishness wherever it may be found. Idaho's first and foremost submarine blog. (If you don't like something on this blog, please E-mail me; don't call me at home.)

Monday, April 29, 2013

"Submarine Training, Sir!"

So I was giving training at work today, and when I finished, I felt like something was missing. Then I realized what it was... no one had given me a Training Critique sheet to sign.

Submarine training is one of the most important things Submariners do, but the admin associated with it always struck me as a little silly. What are your favorite submarine training admin stories?

Sunday, April 21, 2013

National Geographic Video On Submarines

Here's a long (50 minute) video from National Geographic on technological advances that have made submarines what they are today. Looks pretty good:

You'll have to put up with the Brit-sounding narrator calling us "sub-MARE-in-ers" rather than "Sub-mar-EEN-ers".

Thursday, April 11, 2013

Happy 113th Birthday, Submariners!

In honor of the 113th anniversary of the commissioning of USS Holland (SS-1), the COMSUBPAC PAO put together a video:

Tuesday, April 09, 2013

50 Years Ago

Fifty years ago this morning, USS Thresher (SSN 593) got underway for sea trials following a 9 month overhaul. At 0918 the next morning, April 10th, during the deep dive, the accompanying ASR heard garbled communications over the underwater comms channel, then a sound like "air rushing into an air tank", then... silence.

129 souls were lost that day. As tragic as this was, I'm convinced that the loss of these brave men, along with the 99 men lost on USS Scorpion (SSN 589) five years later, saved many more men through the advent of SUBSAFE program. The Russians/Soviets have lost 5 commissioned nuclear boats since the Scorpion went down. Other countries have lost several diesel boats. Through the skill of American submarine crews, builders, and designers, we haven't lost any since 1968.

The men of the Thresher and Scorpion will never be forgotten by those who face the perils of operating under the waves.