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Inside the U.S. Navy’s Silent Service

ATLANTIC OCEAN (June 9, 2015) The Virginia-class attack submarine Pre-Commissioning Unit (PCU) John Warner (SSN 785) conducts sea trials in the Atlantic Ocean. (U.S. Navy photo courtesy of Huntington Ingalls Industries by Chris Oxley/Released)

For enemies of the United States, the U.S. Navy is a frightening adversary; but perhaps the most frightening thing about it is the fact that at any given moment, the Navy’s submarine force is patrolling the deep, carrying deadly weapons and skilled crews anywhere they are needed. The submarine force …

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Connecticut’s Submarine Century

GROTON, Conn. (Nov. 25, 2013) The Los Angeles-class attack submarine USS Dallas (SSN 700) returns to homeport at Groton, Conn., following its final scheduled deployment after more than 30 years in service. (U.S. Navy photo/Released)

By Vice Adm. Joseph E. Tofalo Commander, Submarine Forces This weekend we reached an important milestone in United States submarine history – the centennial of the first submarines to be assigned homeport in Groton and the beginning of what would become Naval Submarine Base New London and the Naval Submarine …

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USS Seawolf Completes Six-Month Arctic Deployment

ARCTIC OCEAN (July 30, 2015) The fast attack submarine USS Seawolf (SSN 21) surfaces through Arctic ice at the North Pole. Seawolf conducted routine Arctic operations. (U.S. Navy photo/Released)

The fast-attack submarine USS Seawolf (SSN 21) returned to its homeport of Naval Base Kitsap-Bremerton Aug. 21, following a six-month deployment. During the deployment, Seawolf conducted routine submarine operations, which included scheduled under-ice transits and under-ice operations. “The crew performed superbly on multiple operations in the 6th Fleet area of …

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50+ years and counting!: Anniversary of first SSBN patrol

KINGS BAY, Ga. (June 28, 2014) The Ohio-class ballistic missle submarine USS Wyoming (SSBN 742) returns to Naval Submarine Base Kings Bay following routine operations. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Rex Nelson/Released)

By Rear Adm. Joseph E. Tofalo Director, Undersea Warfare Division (N97) This weekend, we celebrated the anniversary of the first SSBN patrol. For the uninitiated, SSBN means Ship Submersible Ballistic (Nuclear) with the “Nuclear” referring to the ship’s propulsive power (not the ballistic missiles with nuclear warheads).  The United States’ first nuclear …

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Sailing Past 30 for the Ohio Class Boomers

The Ohio-class ballistic-missile submarine USS Henry M. Jackson (SSBN 740) returns home to Naval Base Kitsap-Bangor following a strategic deterrent patrol, Jan. 28, 2014. (U.S. Navy photo by Chief Mass Communication Specialist Ahron Arendes/Released)

By Rear Adm. Dave Kriete Commander, Submarine Group 9 Today marks an important milestone for our Ohio-class ballistic missile submarine (SSBN) force – the 30th anniversary of the commissioning of USS Henry M. Jackson (SSBN 730). The ship, its crew and the ship’s sponsor, Anna Marie Laurence, are hosting a …

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Boomers on Patrol for 50+ Years Complete 4,000 Patrols

The Ohio-class ballistic missile submarine USS Rhode Island (SSBN 740) returns to Naval Submarine Base Kings Bay after three months at sea, March 20, 2013. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class James Kimber/Released)

By Adm. Cecil D. Haney Commander, U.S. Strategic CommandToday, the nation commemorates the 4,000th strategic deterrent submarine patrol with dual ceremonies at SUBASE Kings Bay, GA and SUBASE Bangor, WA. While all U.S. submarines have nuclear propulsion, the SSBNs (Ship Submersible Ballistic Nuclear), nicknamed “Boomers,” are capable of carrying ballistic missiles …

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