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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:


Anonymous Anonymous said...

WTF "who-yah"? Shouldn't it be at least "ah-ooo-gah"? ;-)

4/11/2013 8:59 AM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

I agree completely Maybe the new unis have em talking that way?

4/11/2013 9:19 AM

Blogger Curt said...

MCPON West's 'catch phrase" ???

4/11/2013 10:14 AM

Anonymous tereasa and george said...

thankyou so much for your service, may you always dive n drive and get moms car home safely

4/11/2013 3:47 PM

Anonymous Smuckitelli said...

@ Anonymous
We say hooyah. I don't know what we said before, since I haven't been in the Navy very long (almost a year now) and haven't graduated my "A" school yet.

4/11/2013 4:11 PM

Blogger KellyJ said...

The Hooyah thing started in the mid 90s.
Our XO on 758 brought it with him from PXO...not sure where they got it from.
Rick West was COB on Portsmouth (IIRC) about that time, so probably not from him...although as CMC at Squadron 11 he probably got exposed to it.

Before that all we had was the very un-PC submarine song.

4/11/2013 6:21 PM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Fock that hoo-yah shyt. Never used it on any of my boats till I retired in 2007. anchor up is even worse, I'd punch yah in the throat if I was wearing khaki and you said that to me.
Happy Birthday Guys and Gals, may your surfaces always equal your dives!


4/12/2013 12:51 AM

Anonymous submarines once... said...

Doubtful that the submarine song gets any air time at the various birthday balls these days-too bad! Happy 113th B'day!

4/12/2013 6:12 AM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

"Anchor up???" F-----g skimmer talk, that is.

4/12/2013 6:44 AM

Anonymous Gunnutmegger said...


4/12/2013 8:56 AM

Anonymous Former 3364 said...

The SEALs called, they want their catch phrase back!

4/12/2013 11:35 AM

Anonymous Former 3364 said...

I think you meant this video...

4/12/2013 11:52 AM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hoo Yah = Navy Diver.

4/12/2013 4:35 PM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

She can ride my submarine if she wants.

But for real, that Hooya crap has got to go.

4/12/2013 8:54 PM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hoo Yah = Navy Diver

Yep. Went to dive school in '88 with a bunch of Recon Jarheads at Coronado. It was all over the place there, but I never heard it once on sub-base ... unless we were making fun of a diggit.

4/13/2013 12:16 AM

Anonymous Anonymous said...


GROTON, Conn. (AP) — A former submarine commander who faked his death to end an extramarital affair should be honorably discharged from the Navy, a panel of officers recommended Friday after a daylong hearing in which the officer said he accepted "full and total accountability" for his behavior.

4/13/2013 3:54 PM

Anonymous submarines once... said...

^^^^^^^ If the above is true, then we have given up on accountability and personal responsibility and then the appropriate asskick for such F'd up behavior. Where are the spines and backbones in the business any more. Been out 15 years so I have missed the new "kinder gentleer" standards. What a bunch of --it!

4/13/2013 5:46 PM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

I find myself in a strange and horrible place...defending a complete a**hole who I am glad will never have anything to do with the sub force again.

The only reason any of us care about this beyond him being just a D-bag that did not live up to the standards we hold for our CO's is that he did a TERRIBLE job lying about the affair he had. Beyond that, all he did was have an affair and lie about it.

The salacious story of a guy who faked his death and claimed to be a Special forces soldier is the only reason this is news beyond the initial firing.

If you boil it down, he had an affair, made up a story to break it off (a REALLY bad one), and lied (at least initially) to his COC. If we BCD every guy with that story...

I'm not suggesting he should leave with an honorable discharge, but lets be realistic here--He had an affair and lied about it. If he were not a CO, XO, or COB he never would have been even fired.

And to those of you that claim we have become kinder and gentler because this guys wasn't drawn and quartered?? WTF are you guys talking about. If you go back and look at the first run of these comments in this blog our old school guys stated that this type of behavior was par for the course in their day. Get off your high horse.

Please lets forget about this guy right now and not waste another ounce of though on this worthless excuse of a submariner. He got what he deserved: public humiliation and stripped of his career at the pinnacle.

The ones I really fell bad for are his kids and wife.

4/13/2013 7:13 PM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Doesn't catch me off guard at all. The Navy has moved from basing your career on merit to let's make the easy decision and not receive a congressional? You are found guilty until proven innocent, but by then your job and career are deep sixed. I am shocked we still have people qualifying COB. Roll the dice...

4/14/2013 4:28 AM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Not as bad as Kings Bay. They are railroading a good person out of the Navy. Not enough to immediately throw him out when the story broke so they drug it out as long as possible then generated the right paperwork and cause. Things should change around the submarine force(new FORCM). Maybe now we will our voice will be heard.

4/14/2013 4:38 AM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Well, I've been out 24 years, and I can hardly believe the "hooyah" stuff. That rah rah energy would be better put to use running casualty drills and preparing for your next watchstation qual.

Having said that, I'll just say that I can put up with the "Hooyah's" and the women submariners and the sailors from Japan who appear to be wearing Marine Corps uniforms, but I just cannot abide those hideous "bluechip" Navy camo uniforms. OMG, as the young ones say!

Joe Alferio

4/14/2013 8:49 PM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

"Not as bad as Kings Bay. They are railroading a good person out of the Navy. Not enough to immediately throw him out when the story broke so they drug it out as long as possible then generated the right paperwork and cause. Things should change around the submarine force(new FORCM). Maybe now we will our voice will be heard."

Don't hold your breath. The Navy expects its leaders to be moral leaders, too, and rightfully so. Yea yea...everyone knows that supposedly kickass crusty Master Chief who has 3 mistresses. But that's the exception, and he'll get his day soon.

How do you expect people to follow you if you can't even do the easy stuff right, like staying faithful to your marriage? Might be a different story if a guy has proven himself to be a tactical genious through multiple successful combat events under his belt, but no one does.

4/14/2013 9:12 PM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Whose getting railroaded out in Kings Bay? No buzz about that.

4/14/2013 9:18 PM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

I recently served with the guy in Kings Bay, a good Master Chief who always put in 100% when it came to the crew. The leadership up north could not fire the person who was responsible so they went after our COB, who they knew had trouble a few years back. Bad timing for him. We are now stationed in Virginia, and half the nimrods I come in contact with couldn't even carry his sea bag! Far winds brother, don't look back!

4/15/2013 4:13 AM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

For ANON @ 4/14/2013 9:12 PM
"Don't hold your breath. The Navy expects its leaders to be moral leaders, too, and rightfully so. Yea yea...everyone knows that supposedly kickass crusty Master Chief who has 3 mistresses. But that's the exception, and he'll get his day soon."

Who is this? People with power want to know so they can make themsleves look good uncovering this!Names please its hard to DFC without a name.

4/15/2013 4:16 AM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

For ANON @ 4/14/2013 9:12 PM

Are we talking about the FORCM? The buzz around Groton is he is taking a brig billet and being asked to step away for a soft landing?

4/15/2013 4:25 AM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

@416/425 am,

I was being facetious by anticipating some guy recounting the "good old days" and posting about how great [insert leader] was even though he was a drunkard/womanizer/whatever. It wasn't a snide attack on someone I personally know.

4/15/2013 12:18 PM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

"The Navy expects its leaders to be moral leaders, too, and rightfully so."

Really? Maybe that's the fucking problem. Who gets to define that morality? Chaplain FairyTale? Some evangelical pos in the Pentagon? You?

Trying to regulate and legislate morality has been, and always will be, an epic fucking failure. Almost all of private industry recognizes this and most of the government with the noted exception of some hypocritical blowholes in the Congress and the military. If it's job related, nail 'em. If not, fuck off.

4/15/2013 1:26 PM

Blogger Mike Mulligan said...

Two massive explosions at Boston Marathon...limbs missing and many injuries.

It is a bomb and I think we are now in a state of war with "North Korea".

Whose birthday is it today...

4/15/2013 1:42 PM

Blogger Mike Mulligan said...

Everyone was worried about somebody putting a false flag operation for the last week in S Korea of the USA.

4/15/2013 1:44 PM

Blogger Mike Mulligan said...

We(USA)wouldn't do a false flag operation in the USA...there is a host of other players who would love to see us in full scale war.

Think about it, all the local, state and federal bomb authorities have thoroughly gone over this area before the explosions.

And it still happened...

4/15/2013 1:52 PM

Blogger Mike Mulligan said...

Another explosion...third...think the feds were trying to blow up another bomb?

4/15/2013 1:56 PM

Blogger Mike Mulligan said...

Boston, NYC and Washington on a heighten terrorism alert...

4/15/2013 2:08 PM

Anonymous 4-stop said...

J.H.C Mulligan,

STFU and put on your tinfoil hat. Or choke yourself. Either way I don't care.

4/15/2013 3:55 PM

Blogger Mike Mulligan said...

I will shut up if you hire me?

4/15/2013 4:02 PM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Anon @ 4/15/2013 4:25 AM

Shipmate, be careful what you say. The FORCM did his job day in and day out. Took a lot of crap. Executed marching orders! Thats it. We as a Force should never question the man once he's done with the hard job! Doesn't he deserve a twighlight like the next man!

4/15/2013 6:48 PM

Anonymous Anonymous said...


Congress decides what is legal and what is not. A commander who decides that it is OK to break the law and his wedding vows clearly is not above poor decisionmaking; in a peacetime submarine force, what criteria do you have that can off-set this that can't be found in dozens of other officers?

4/15/2013 7:41 PM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Anon @ 4/15/2013 6:48 PM

Hey quit snorkeling he has turned over! I am sure you will get another chance to snuggle up next to the next FORCM. KS did nothing but be a yes man. Take a look at those before him, they all left a mark, KS left nothing but a trail of DFC's and weak Senior Chief COBs. Going to the brig and leaving this waterfront alone was a step up for him and his leadership ability. He is leading the type of men who he created while in office. Tough winds and seas astern KS!

4/15/2013 8:44 PM

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Anonymous Anonymous said...

The 113th B'day video confirms Navy's latest policy of including women in every media release.

Even though we have not been represented in the service for those 113 years, women are ecstatic.

4/16/2013 1:56 PM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

The Naval Academy released a recruiting video a year or two ago that showed upward of twenty-five midshipmen. Not a single one of them was a white male. At the conclusion of showing the video on the scoreboard at a Navy football game, booing could be heard from several sections of the stadium. Many people--of all backgrounds--seem to be tired of the Rempt/Fowler diversity is #1 fantasy. Perhaps the Navy as a whole can return to the days when combat readiness meant something?

4/16/2013 3:03 PM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

A war then, actually on white males?

4/16/2013 3:24 PM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

How did the National Terrorism Advisory System Worked for Boston? What about afterwards? "General" Napolitano's highly touted National Terrorism Advisory System (NTAS) has yet to post a Threat Alert even after the Boston!

4/16/2013 3:25 PM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Boo Hoo. It's so hard to be a white male.

4/16/2013 5:54 PM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

"The Navy expects its leaders to be moral leaders, too, and rightfully so."

Uh, only if they're white heterosexuals. We'll allow pillow biting man fuckers aboard, so by definition, morality is out the window.

4/16/2013 8:11 PM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

ANON @ 3:25 PM?

So, what? Does Boston indicate that we are in imminent threat of more attacks nationwide? I think the answer is no. At least I wasn't bombed at work today. Why would we jump to "red" after this small bombing? What would be the point? FYI, they did shut down a whole fuckton of shit "in Boston" where the attack occurred, including air traffic. I am guessing that was the work of Big Sis herself.

I remember the Bush color code system constantly switching from Yellow to Orange for no apparent reason, and I remember little change anywhere from the switching except a heightened level of car searches coming onto base. That system was dumb too.

4/17/2013 12:18 AM

Blogger Mike Mulligan said...


"Nov 23, 2010

Right, the impossible happens…full scale hostilities on the Korean Peninsula breaks out. America gets dragged into it. The next thing you know they got N Korean professional military bomb experts terrorist running around the world planning attacks on America. They have been planning this for decades. They flood cargo aircraft with fedex bombs, many planes fall out of the sky…they do a large scale desperate attacks to infiltrate bombs into commercial passenger aircraft.

I bet you we become Israeli…with suicide bombs going off all around us…or in icon metropolitan areas."

So how will the media government haters and the just plan government haters look after this…

War gaming...
"All of the experts predicted that the United States and its allies would defeat North Korea militarily. "We will win the war, but it will not be an easy war to fight," said Campbell. He said the first couple of weeks of war could be "a horrific symphony of death," with hundreds of thousands — if not millions — of casualties.

Taylor estimated that around 500,000 South Korean troops and civilians would die in the event of an all-out war with the North, as well as tens of thousands of U.S. troops. On the North Korean side, he said the casualties could be as high as a million and half dead."

So we are stuck between Bush lying about starting the Iraq war and Obama worrying about if he says boo N Korea starts massacring Soul Korea.

...Think about it, we could wake up tomorrow with a ungodly barrage of weapons on Soul Korea that we can't stop for two weeks to a month...besides all the other stuff.

All the TV and Internet news programs are talking about the scenarios of who bombed Boston... they are too intimidated to mention one possibility is this is N Korea. We are all fucked!

Let alone the ricin letter sending signals of intimidating the whole USA government...

4/17/2013 8:45 AM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Take a pill, Mikey. The sun also rises.

4/17/2013 1:54 PM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

So really, What is the deal in KBAY with a COB? What happened?

4/17/2013 1:58 PM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

"So, what?" - Anon @ 12:18 AM

Have the planners, perpetrators and accessories before and after the fact been arrested yet? How can Boston's status be unchanged just because you were not "bombed at work today".

Obviously, you have never been a qualified submariner, nor experienced an actual emergency at depth (slightly more significant than a drill). So what, your a$$!

4/17/2013 4:15 PM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Anonymous @ 4/17/2013 1:58 PM

So really, What is the deal in KBAY with a COB? What happened?

It's a sad day when a the right person of a command is not held accountable because they have plans for him. The COB ends up being the scapegoat. If it was a real issue, everyone would have heard about it. So since it was just a railroading out of town and an early retirement, know one will ever know. I am sure he will get his say with NT. Regardless of the final outcome the person driving this will be on his twighlight collecting a paycheck and will sleep well at night. Put a another notch in your belt and collect your LOM.

4/18/2013 3:32 AM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

^^^ How hard can it be to be a COB on an SSBN?^^^

Plenty of room for shitpaper, no hotrackers, no field day for half of the year, plenty of access to ship control trainers and basic DC trainers, a schedule set in stone, a goat locker filled with chiefs who have made multiple patrols, refits, and off crews.....

So, when a COB is singled out, it can't be a surprise to him - if it is, then he should definintely go.

Which squadron is involved here?

4/18/2013 4:18 AM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

^^^ How hard can it be to be a COB on an SSBN?^^^
You have no idea what you are talking about. I have done tours on both 688's and 726 class and they both have challenges that the other does not. Go finish your COB qual card and do the job before you run your useless trap.

4/18/2013 8:17 PM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

^^^^Your wasting your breathe, your talking to an LDO in the previous post, that's why she asked that question. How hard is it to be an SSBN COB? That person will never know.


4/18/2013 10:21 PM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Anon @ 4/18/2013 4:18 AM

Obviously your are the Navy's expert on SSBN COB evalations.

4/18/2013 10:24 PM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

It's a post tour COB Master Chief who was at a shore duty position and has been relieved for something that occurred while he was a COB, the multiple posts are ranting about. Not a serving COB. It will all be out soon. Rumor has it the whole debacle has caused a complete shift in a lot of jobs from the top down. Look around here in Norfolk, senior enlisted leaders are taking lesser positions for this to evaporate. Down in Kings Bay they are keeping it quiet, its a pressure cooker with no relief. I am sure Navy Times will dig in deep here soon.

4/18/2013 10:32 PM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Anon @ 4:15PM

My point is that there are people that are better informed than you making the decisions about the alert level. And guess what, they don't necessarily tell Anon @ 4:15PM what they are doing behind the scenes.

I am sorry that you can't comprehend that without a color code.

And what does the stupid terror alert system have to do with being qualified subs? Pretty sure that's not in the blue book.

4/19/2013 12:04 AM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

My point is that there seems to be a trend of using a COB or CMC to be the scapegoat as of late. Is this something new or just the trend over the last 2 years.

4/19/2013 6:08 AM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Anon @6:08 AM

Unfortunately for your point of view, the bomber brothers perpetrated more violence after the initial marathon massacre and Boston citizens were never alerted (before or afterward). As a result Boston transit, schools and businesses have been closed all day (very costly).

What does terror alert have to do withg being a qualified submariner, you ask? To real submariners the answer should be obvious - you are all in the same boat!

4/19/2013 10:30 AM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

So the terror alert would have kept schools open? Or maybe, DHS recommended closing schools, businesses, and transit...

What practical effect would a terror alert have had? I think Boston people were already wary, and didn't need a red logo to make them so.

4/19/2013 12:08 PM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Anon ^^^^^

Where do you live? Not in Boston?

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