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Saturday, April 08, 2006

Design The Ship's Crest For SSN 779 Contest

The New Mexico Council of the Navy League, apparently in conjunction with the Navy, is hosting a contest for New Mexico residents to submit ideas for the ship's crest and motto for PCU New Mexico (SSN 779). (The story about the contest in a local paper currently has a spectacularly inappropriate photo accompanying the article.)

The Navy League page has a description of the symbolism of USS Santa Fe's patch, as well as some other sub's crests (including USS Connecticut's, which I "helped" design -- that is, the CO asked me if I thought it looked OK, and I said yes).

If retired sub-blogger NM Bubblehead is still around, he should enter. I'm not a New Mexico resident, so I can't submit my idea -- I'm especially proud of the proposed motto:

Standing by for incoming fire from Virginia class submarine fans...


Blogger Chap said...

How can something be slower than a pier?

Ow! Hey! Ow!

4/08/2006 8:56 PM

Blogger Bubblehead said...

Notice how I said "a" Seawolf, not "the" Seawolf. It's OK, as long as you're not dissing my mad "Paint" skillz...

4/08/2006 10:42 PM

Blogger G-Man said...

think black bear

4/09/2006 11:48 AM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Well, lets see, Virginia class has the advantage of newer design and technology advancement.
It has VLS and so has more flexability and better land attack capability.
It has slower top speed but better tactical quiet speed.
It has less depth, but Seawolf can not out dive current attack systems anyway, so what is the point.
Seawolf has 8 torpedo tubes to Virginia's 4, but Virginia's electrical loading system is faster and more reliable.(although I conceed 8 trumps 4)
Lets not forget Virinia's advantage in other(than acoustic) stealth enhancements and her more capable sensor capabilities.
Then there is the question of who wins in a mock combat contest, something that will, no doubt tell the story, in time.
I am a fan of Seawolf subs, particularly Jimmy Carter. They are potent war machines and have few, if any equals. A Virginia vs Seawolf senario is like published accounts of our attack boats in mock drills with Ohio Class subs- meaning these subs are so quiet that detection/procecution ranges are so close as to be a mute point, as both will probably elliminate each other, given current known attack systems.

4/10/2006 11:57 AM

Blogger Chap said...

OBTW I have found the official method for getting a new logo. Perhaps they might try the Army Heraldry Center. I have contact info.

4/11/2006 12:28 PM

Blogger Bubblehead said...

Based on my experience with the Connecticut and Jimmy Carter, you send in your proposed design to the Army Heraldry Center, and they make it all pretty for you. CSG2 provides that info to the PCU when they show up... or at least they used to.

4/11/2006 5:31 PM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

If you guys knew anything about the maintenance side of the submarine industry you wouldn't be quite as excited about the 21 and 774 class boats. The 21's have significant issues from the factory and both will be a nightmare to maintain given the design. I admit that they look good on paper, but only time will tell how poor the designs might be.

4/16/2006 12:06 AM

Blogger Bubblehead said...

Actually, Anonymous, I was the Engineering Department Head on the last two Seawolf class boats, so I know a little something about them...

4/19/2006 12:01 AM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

bubblehead - I work at the shipyard that will be the new homeport for the Seawolf Class and we are all dreading having to maintain them. I recently visited EB and personally saw the manufacturing process of the Virginia Class, very impressive, but the new subs were not designed with maintenance in mind. Outside of the maintenance issues, they are fantastic war machines!

5/05/2006 7:15 PM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

The New Mexico designs have reached the crew and are now being reviewed and voted on. There was over 170 different crest to choose from so it takes alittle while. As far as maintenace, I am loving the ideas involved in it. M-div maintence as been cut in half. Others have increased but well it happens. All in all the VA class will do a great job.

11/06/2006 8:56 PM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Where do cold warriors go to die? The Soviet Union is gone, the most significant role for the US military is nation-building. Subs are cool but largely useless in the current and near-future political environment. Additionally, anything a sub can do, another mechanism can do more easily and usually more cheaply as well. Seriously, why are we even still making these things? Jobs program?

12/03/2008 11:45 PM


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