Sunday, April 25, 2010

1929 Historical Hotel Seville what a special place. The USS Razorback Base hosted the 110th Submarine Birthday Dinner. Members from USS Snook Base, Twin Lakes Base and the Ozarks-Runner Base joined the three day event in Harrison, Arkansas. We were able to visit the Historical Lyric Theater to learn its history, see a film on "The River Flows," (Buffalo River) and "Burying the Past," about the Mountain Meadow Massacre. We took the tour of Boone County Heritage Museum and ate at the Town House Cafe on the square. We had a great time. People in Harrison are so friendly. I had a difficult time getting the picture on this blog. A couple are still missing. Frank Hampson planned our tours and Greg Schwerman, Base Commander of the Razorback Base, Little Rock, AR., was in charge. They are hoping to have more gathering like this.

Thursday, April 22, 2010

American Legion TV features video interviews with fifteen WWII Submarine Veterans.Go to the link...

Friday, April 16, 2010

USS Tueson (SSN-770) (PEARL HARBOR, Hawaii) - The Los Angeles-class submarine USS Tucson (SSN 770) departed Joint Base Pearl-Hickam Harbor for a scheduled deployment to the western Pacific region Thursday, April 8. “The crew is very excited and eager to get this submarine underway for her first deployment since 2006,” said Cmdr. Gary Pinkerton, USS Tucson Commanding Officer. “They’ve all worked extremely hard this past year getting the ship and themselves ready for this deployment and regaining operational proficiency of all mission areas. I am very proud of each and every one of them.” Tucson underwent a 23-month depot modernization period at Norfolk Naval Shipyard, Portsmouth, Va. that included upgrades in all of her electronic systems in support of intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance, a complete overhaul of all machinery systems and a full external refurbishing. During that time she conducted numerous sea trials and a port visit in San Diego before conducting an inter-fleet transfer back to Naval Station Pearl Harbor in 2008. Tucson is the second ship of the United States Navy to bear the name of the Arizona city. It is the 59th Los Angeles class attack submarine and the 20th of the improved Los Angeles class attack submarine to be built. Twelve vertical launch missile tubes for Tomahawk cruise missiles provide Tucson with great offensive capabilities and strategic value. Retractable bow planes give the ship increased maneuverability and under ice surfacing potential.

Tuesday, April 13, 2010

SVARA - The Submarine Veterans Amateur Radio Association. (I met Mr. Flanders at the 110th Submarine Birthday Dinner hosted by the USS Razorbase Base (Little Rock) on April 11 at Harrison's Hisorical 1929 Hotel Seville, April 10th. The USS Snook Base (Rogers), Twin Lakes Base (Mountain Home) and The Ozark-Runner Base Springfield, Missouri Base members attended. We all had a great time. Mr. Flanders will be posting the pictures he took while there.) This is to augment the nets on 14.343.0 +/- 5khz @ 1130 to 1300 EDST, 1030 TO 1200 CDST; 0930 TO 1100 MDST; 0830 TO 1000 PDST (local times do not change with daylight savings times)every day except Sunday and 7.279 @ 1800 central times on Friday and Saturday evenings. SPECIAL INTEREST TO US:Calender - - for special events For my photo albums: to get to the first of my web ring.My latest website: I am working on: For shiplist, go to European activity, go to:

Monday, April 12, 2010

Groton area ------- upcoming SUBVETS ANNIVERSARY CELEBRATION/USSV WWII Northeast Regional Convention 28 April - 01 May. Everything you wanted to know about the Celebration including accommodations, schedule, registration forms can be found at We are looking for Sponsors for the Lost Boats as part of the Golf Tournament We need sponsors to place ads in the program book. Sponsors can be businesses, USSVI Bases, or individuals. The most special part of these events is the camaraderie among our shipmates. We want as many shipmates as possible to come. Please share this information with members either in your newsletters, or emails so all have the opportunity to attend. If you should have any questions please don't hesitate to contact me at John "Gumba" Carcioppolo

Sunday, April 11, 2010

Overnight Stays on the USS Razorback in Little Rock, Arkansas. Upcoming Overnight Schedule on the USS Razorback Duties include Giving Tours of the boat. Sleeping in the Goat locker. An AIMM Staff member will run the program and stay up all night on the barge. Contact Greg Zonner 501-307-5522or If you can stay one of the nights. Arkansas Inland Military Museum

Thursday, April 8, 2010

National USS Submarine Day is May 11th. Wear your Dolphins proud. Submariner PRIDE RUNS DEEP.
SSC Pacific Marks Golden Anniversary of First Live Polaris Launch By Tom LaPuzza, Space and Naval Warfare Systems Center Pacific Public Affairs, April 7, 2010 SAN DIEGO (NNS) -- Personnel at Space and Naval Warfare Systems Center Pacific (SSC Pacific) will celebrate 70 years as a Navy research, development and engineering center in 2010, marking the event is the golden anniversary of the first live launch of a Polaris missile, April 4. The launch took place off San Clemente Island, 75 miles northwest of San Diego, where SSC Pacific predecessor Naval Ordnance Test Station personnel had been working for three years to solve the engineering challenges of getting a missile out of a submerged submarine and to the surface without its engines. (The Polaris rocket engines could not ignite underwater.) Their challenges were to answer questions including: Would a missile launched more than 50 feet underwater remain on course? When it broached the surface would wave action alter its course? Could the underwater push propel it high enough into the air for the rocket engines to ignite? What was the maximum speed and appropriate depth of the submarine to ensure a successful launch? The engineers set up a test range at San Clemente Island and launched hundreds of redwood logs from an underwater launcher to answer those questions, using documentation cameras to record and study each launch. Varying the air pressure used for the launch determined how high out of the water the log traveled. They exchanged the redwood logs for steel cylinders filled with concrete, and then boiler plates filled with concrete. Finally, with the missile design completed, they test-launched the actual missile structure. A huge scaffold-like apparatus on a floating barge called the fishhook reeled in line attached to the nose of the missile as it rose to the surface and vaulted into the air. At the apogee of the unpowered flight, the fishhook caught the missile before it fell back into the water. With all their questions answered, the engineers readied their underwater launcher for the first live test. On April 4, 1960, a live Polaris missile was attached to the launcher, and a massive blast of pressurized air boosted it to the surface and high enough into the air that the rocket engines ignited. The missile then flew successfully down the test range. Within a few months, all the many engineering puzzles solved, center engineers watched proudly as the Navy's first ballistic missile submarine, USS George Washington (SSBN 598), successfully launched its first Polaris missile using the technology they had developed. Concurrent with the launch effort, engineers at the Navy Electronics Laboratory, also an SSC Pacific predecessor, solved the problem of precision targeting accuracy by modifying an existing inertial navigation system and then miniaturizing it to fit into each Polaris missile so it could be pre-programmed to reach its target. Kirk Smith

Tuesday, April 6, 2010

USS DRUM:Submitted by: Pat Householder on 3/24/2010---------------------------------------------------------Tom Bowser of Mobile Bay Base wishes to gratefully acknowledge contributions received in support of the work being done to restore USS Drum.To date, donations totaling $ 1,400.00 have been received from the following bases who have 'adopted' USS Drum for 2010.West Tennessee Base,Scamp Base,Parche Base,USS Chicago Base,Tullibee Base,Carolina Piedmont Base,USS Haddo Base,and the Mobile Bay Base. The Mobile Bay base needs to raise a total of $ 20,000 to complete the three year work plan in progress, however, so if your base has not yet decided to support Drum, please consider doing so.They are doing good work in support of our creed.Send your base check made out to "USSVI Mobile Bay Base" to Drum Restoration Fund 5319 Hwy 90 #102PMB #322Mobile, Al 36619 Any questions please contact Tom Bowser at 251-581-4741

Friday, April 2, 2010

The Naval History Blog is hosted by two organizations steeped in the traditions of naval history, which see it as a cornerstone of their missions. The U.S. Naval Institute and the Naval History & Heritage Command are working together to bring their considerable intellectual resources and passion for naval history to this