Honoring the United States Navy Submarine
Force on it's 100th Anniversary.
31 Oct 1999 08:58:07 -0500
From: Frank Gonzalez <email@example.com>
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HON. Sam Gejdenson of Connecticut in the House of Representatives -
Monday, October 25, 1999
Mr. GEJDENSON:Mr. Speaker, I rise today to congratulate members
of the United States Navy Submarine Force as the U.S. Postal Service
unveils a series of stamps which pay tribute to the Force for ``A Century
of Service to America.''
Earlier today, I was privileged to join the Postal Service, the U.S. Navy
and veterans from across eastern Connecticut in introducing these
stamps, which commemorate the Centennial of the Submarine Force.
In this series, we can witness the stunning progress we have made
from the Navy's first submarine--the U.S.S. Holland--to the Ohio and
Los Angeles Class submarines of the late Twentieth century. However,
these stamps honor much more than technological prowess. They
remind us of the selflessservice of tens of thousands of veterans who
patrolled the depths of the world's oceans guaranteeing victory over
tyranny and security for all Americans.
``A Century of Service to America'' is a fitting theme for the Submarine
Force. ``A Century'' recognizes the magnitude of the anniversary.
Nearly a century ago, the Navy took ownership of its first submarine,
the U.S.S. Holland. Since then, 648 submarines have entered the force--
nearly half of which have been build in Groton, Connecticut, also known
as the Submarine Capital of the World.''
Our submarines have become technological marvels, the crown jewels
of our nation's fleet. Consider how far we've come: the mighty Ohio
class submarines are nearly as wide as the Holland was long!
Today, our best and brightest are working to get the next generations
of submarines, the Seawolf and Virginia Class subs, into the fleet.
These will be the quietest and the most advanced submarines ever
launched giving their crews an almost limitless range of new capabilities.
``Service'' is a tribute to our submariners who risked their lives,
everyone who supported their efforts, and the men and women who
designed and built five generations of submarines. Over the past one
hundred years, 400,000 men and women have either served aboard
submarines or provided mission support. Over 3,500 veterans of the
Submarine Force have made the supreme sacrifice for their country.
Veterans of the Submarine Force during World War II paid the highest
price in lives lost.
Admiral Chester A. Nimitz, a submariner himself before he led the
U.S. Navy in the Pacific during the Second World War, said: ``It is to
the everlasting honor and glory of our submarine personnel that they
never failed us in our days of great peril.''
In southeastern Connecticut, we also know that the men and women
of Electric Boat serve their country. They design and build some of
the most sophisticated machines the world has ever known. Members
of the Submarine Force have been so successful in safeguarding our
nation in part because of the craftsmanship and hard work of generations
of EB employees.
Finally, we focus on what the Submarine Force means to America.
It turned the tide in the Pacific during the Second World War accounting
for fifty five percent of all enemy shipping destroyed while comprising
only two percent of all Naval forces. During the Cold War, the ``Forty-One
for Freedom'' Polaris/Poseidon and succeeding Trident submarines ensured
that our nation would never be the target of nuclear aggression.
Daring intelligence missions provided a clear picture of the capabilities
and the goals of the Soviets and other nations which threatened our
national interests. As Secretary of Defense Cohen said in urging the
Postal Service to honor this anniversary, ``the peaceful end to 45 years of
confrontation is the modern legacy of the Submarine Force.''
Mr. Speaker, America owes a great debt to the members of the
Submarine Force--past and present. A series of stamps is a small
gesture of a thankful nation to honor their service, their sacrifice, and
their role in guaranteeing that successive generations of Americans
have been able to enjoy the freedoms that make this country the
nation on earth.
Subject: Re: Filipino Submariners
Date: Sun, 21 Nov 1999 00:28:33 EST
Hello! I'm sorry it took a while for me to respond to your e-mail.
My short story:
I enlisted in 1990, went through subschool in ' 91 and reported to my
first sub in '92. I'm a sonar tech and my boat was the USS Tunny(SSN-682) out
of Hawaii. Nine months later, i received my dolphins. That was a big relief
for me! After two years, I transferred to ASW base in San Diego for my "c"
school.After a year, I moved back to Hawaii for my second boat, the USS Honolulu (SSN-718). I stayed for three years and transferred to my present
duty station here in San Diego at North Island.
I think this is all I can say about myself.
oga,oga,oga!fire in the galley!
Philippine Navy eyeing acquisition of submarine fleet
By Ben Cal
Manila, Dec. 19 (PNA) - The Philippine Navy (PN) is looking into
the possibility of acquiring its first submarine fleet in 10 years,
according to Vice Admiral Luisito F. Fernandez, Navy flag officer in
Under the plan, PN is considering the acquisition of three
water attack submarines (Swats) that will provide additional
and firepower for the Navy.
"A submarine is a very effective deterrent weapon system,
especially if you patrol a wider area like the exclusive economic zone
(EEZ)," Fernandez said in an interview.
He said the Navy needs a submarine fleet to secure the country's
200-mile EEZ against foreign intrusion.
Being an archipelagic nation with 7,107 islands, the Philippines
has a coastline of 11,339 nautical miles which is twice as long as that
of the United States.
"This will afford the Navy the capability to conduct
operations," Fernandez said.
Another advantage is that it will take a lot of effort for any
intruder to detect submarines because they hide underwater.
Defense Secretary Orlando S. Mercado has approved the concept
on the development of submarine for the Navy.
The cost of one submarines US66.665 million or P2.66 billion.
includes the platform with sensors, four torpedoes, 16 mines and extra
spare parts for several years.
The Navy prefers the Swats submarine because it carries only a
small number of crew but has a tremendous firepower. It has low
operating and logistics cost.
Navy Commander Tomas D. Baino, a civil engineer and naval
architect, in his paper entitled "Introduction to the Development of
Submarine Capability for the Philippine Navy," cited the advantage of
having a submarine fleet, especially the Philippines which is a
Baino said that Philippines must have "a strong Navy at par with
other Asian countries to effectively counter future external threat."
"To attain this, the PN must not only strive to enhance its
capability but should radically include another dimension capability, a
sub-surface force," he added.
The edge of a Swats submarine which is 40 meters long is that it
very hard to detect and can operate in extremely shallow and narrow
Baino describes it as "small and virtually noiseless, she has a
high probability to arrive very close to the target undetected, carry
out torpedo attacks and lays mines before the defense system is
Submarines are known to be submerged underwater for weeks and
remain there to wait for the enemy to pass by.
They can fire their torpedoes at a distance of six kilometers.
can also deploy sea-air-land (Seal) troops to conduct pre-emptive
strikes to hostile units on the shores swiftly.
"Submarine is the best and foremost platform for surveillance
because of her capability to remain in patrol areas unseen. She can
monitor and observe tendencies of vessels in transit or detect those
entering our sealanes that may ignore the laws of our country."
At the same time, submarines can also be used in the government's
campaign against dynamite fishers, smugglers and pirates.
The Swats submarine which can prowl in shallow waters is the most
ideal because 60 percent of Philippine waters are shallow. Maintenance
and the training of crew members are simpler.
Maybe some Phil-Am can volunteer!!!!