As we enter 2013, a year that will likely focus on the 50th anniversary of the tragic loss of USS Thresher
(SSN 593) in the submarine community, we can look back on the best of the Submarine Force for last year. As usual, SUBPAC got their announcement
out into the wild first; here are their winners:
Commander, Submarine Squadron 1 (Pearl Harbor) - USS Hawaii (SSN 776)
SUBDEVRON 5 (Bangor, Wash.) - USS Jimmy Carter (SSN 23)
SUBRON 7 (Pearl Harbor) - USS Columbus (SSN 762)
SUBRON 11 (San Diego) - USS Jefferson City (SSN 759)
SUBRON 15 (Guam) - USS Buffalo (SSN 715)
SUBRON 17 (Bangor) - USS Maine (SSBN 741) (Blue and Gold)
SUBRON 19 (Bangor) - USS Ohio (SSGN 726) (Blue)
Submarine Tender USS Emory S. Land (AS 39)
Special Category was awarded to floating dry dock Arco (ADRM-5) and the torpedo weapons retriever Swamp Fox (TWR 821), both in San Diego.
Frank Cable and Arco
, who always win[s], the only repeat winner
from the Pac was Buffalo
-- Congratulations, guys! I was glad to see my old boat Jimmy Carter
earn an "E" (they also got the Engineering "E"); this is her first one since the 2009 cycle
. (Note that there was no SUBRON 3 award because the squadron merged with SUBRONs 1 and 7 back in February
I'll post the SUBLANT list when I find it.
Happy New Year, everyone!
0850 03 Jan: While we're waiting for the SUBLANT list, here's a Google Earth
"mystery" for Submariners from AviationIntel.com
. I'm guessing it's NR-1.
0740 06 Jan: Here's the SUBLANT list
SUBRON 4 (Groton) - USS New Hampshire (SSN 778)
SUBRON 6 (Norfolk) - USS Boise (SSN 764)
SUBDESRON 12 (Groton) - USS Toledo (SSN 769)
SUBRON 16 (Kings Bay) - USS Georgia (SSGN 729) (Blue and Gold)
SUBRON 20 (Kings Bay) - USS Alaska (SSBN 732) (Blue and Gold)
seems to be on a tear lately
, and I was happy to see my old Nuke School classmate CAPT Rhett Jaehn
earn one with his new boat. For those wondering where the CSS2 boat is, remember they were disestablished almost a year ago
(and SUBRON 8 went away
back in 2011).
As always, BZ to all the winners!
(Also corrected my mistake in automatically assuming that Frank Cable won again without actually reading what I posted -- thanks to the commenter for pointing that out.)