Wednesday, August 6, 2014

Groton Subvets Celebrates 50 Years

: Brothers beneath the waves: Groton Subvets celebrates 50 years Submitted by: Office on 5/4/2014

Groton Looking into the audience of submarine veterans of different eras, Rear Adm. Richard Breckenridge told them that "submariners are submariners" and "the symbols we wear on our chest transcend time and war and circumstance."

"What binds us together, what carries us through the challenges and pressures of five decades, what makes us stronger today more than ever, is the common heritage of demanding service and sacrifice beneath the waves," said Breckenridge, the director of the Warfare Integration Division.

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NEWS-02: Submarines: Cheaper By The Dozen Submitted by: Office on 5/6/2014

At the end of April 2014 the U.S. Navy ordered ten Block IV Virginia class SSNs (nuclear attack sub) at a cost of $1.8 billion each. These are to be delivered at the rate of two a year through 2018.

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NEWS-03: NeRDs for the Nukes

Submitted by: Office on 5/11/2014

As a security measure the U.S. Navy limits the number of electronic devices the crews of SSBNs (ballistic missile carrying nuclear subs) can bring on board.


That means no electronic book reading devices (like iPads or Kindles). Thats annoying to the crew, who like to read in what little spare time they have. Space is limited on a sub and you cant bring that many books (even paperbacks) on board. So the navy came up with a solution, a book reader with no networking capability and no data connectors (like USB).


Called the NeRD (Navy eReader Device) it is pre-loaded with 300 books and only has a port to have its battery recharged. Five are being sent to each nuclear sub so the crews can try them out.


Books can be added or  but you have to disassemble the device and replace the NAND Flash data chips. This does not make it impossible for a spy on a nuclear sub to use a NeRD device to store data stolen from submarine systems, but it would be impractical.


For the effort required there are easier ways to take data. That appears to be the thinking behind the way NeRD was designed. If the user tests are a success a device like NeRD has space for thousands of books.


The navy runs surveys to find out reading preferences of its submariners and thus periodically updilable on the NeRDs.



NEWS-04: Volunteer Base Memorial Report

Submitted by: Office on 5/13/2014


Volunteer Base Cdr Vinny McCrum reports "We are submitting the application this week to allow our USSVI base sponsored USS Darter memorial to be placed on the Legislative Plaza in Nashville next to the WWII Lost Submarines memorial. Tennessee was assigned to memorialize the Darter by the US Submarine Veterans of WWII but we are 1 of 3 states that has not placed a memorial for their designated submarine."


NEWS-05: A Question about maintaining Memorial Sails Submitted by: Office on 5/14/2014

The USS Snook Base is exploring the possibility of constructing a replica of the USS Snook [SSN 592] sail and erecting it at the Bella Vista Wall of Honor Veterans Park [verbal approval pending.]


One of the issues we're facing is how to keep kids [especially] from climbing on it and graffiti off of it.


The USS Snook Base Commander asked that we put this out on a POC broadcast as a question and ask comments/suggestions come back to him at the email address below.


Reply to


Pete Rathmell

USS Snook Base Commander


NEWS-06: Submarine Themed 5 x 7 Greeting cards now available Submitted by: Office on 5/14/2014

Order through your Base or National Storekeeper!

Submarine Themed 5 x 7 Greeting cards with envelopes are now available in packs of 25 cards ea.  The USSVI logo is inside the card and the package features a diesel 'fleet boat', a 'skipjack' class SSN and a "Boomer."

The cost of the package is $ 25.00 plus shipping.  That breaks down to only $ 1.00 a carda screaming deal compared to most commercially available greeting cards!

Uses for the cards includes special invitations, base chaplain use for cheering up members on the binnacle list, Condolences to family members of a member on eternal patrol, general correspondence, birthday greetings and more.
Go to the link below to see the cards,

or go to and choose Stationary







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