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This Day in History:
1846 - Miss Lavinia Fanning Watson of Philadelphia christens the sloop-of-war Germantown, the first U.S. Navy ship sponsored by
a woman.
1962 - President John F. Kennedy orders surface blockade (quarantine) of Cuba to prevent Soviet offensive weapons from reaching
Cuba during the Cuban Missile Crisis.
1965 - PCU BENJAMIN FRANKLIN (SSBN-640) commissioned USS BENJAMIN FRANKLIN (SSBN-640) at the Electric Boat
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USS Buffalo Arrives in Yokosuka
Photo by Lt. Lara Bollinger
Submariners Create Their Own Georgia-Florida Game
Crews from boats named for rival states meet in flag football.
By Gordon Jackson, Jacksonville.com, October 22, 2010
Navy Selects First Submarines for Female Officer Assignments
Navy News, 21 October 2010
Navy Names First Sub Assignments For Women
By Kevin Baron, Stars and Stripes, 21 October 2010
Navy Announces First Sub Officer Assignments for Women
By Karen Parrish, American Forces Press Service, 21 October 2010
Navy Picks 1st Subs For Female Crew
Hampton Univ. grad and Chesapeake native selected
Wavy.com, October 22, 2010
2 Kings Bay Subs To Get Female Officers In December 2011
The assignments apply to four boats total.
By Gordon Jackson, Jacksonville.com, October 22, 2010
Navy Foresees No Safety Issues With Substandard Metal Used In Some Subs
By Jennifer McDermott, The Day, 22 October 2010



Other Submarine News Around the World
HMS Astute: World's Most Advanced Nuclear Submarine Runs Aground
The world’s most advanced nuclear submarine, HMS Astute, has run aground on rocks off Scotland causing considerable
embarrassment for Navy chiefs.
Telegraph.co.uk, 22 October 2010
UK Nuclear Submarine Runs Aground Off Scotland
Reuters, 22 October 2010
                                                              Friday, October 22, 2010
Nuclear Submarine HMS Astute Runs Aground Off Skye
BBC, 22 October 2010
Japan Adding Subs Amid Tension With China
CNN, 21 October 2010
China Fear Sees Japan Rush For Submarines
By Rick Wallace, The Australian, 22 October 2010
New Attack Sub Docked At China's Navy Base In Hainan Island
China Military News, 21 October 2010
Singapore Navy Launches Second Archer-Class Submarine
Brahmand Defense and Aerospace News, 22 October 2010




Announcements
Naval Postgraduate School MSES ME Distance Learning Course
Submarine Force Library And Museum (SFLM) Docents Needed
HMS/m Dreadnought Association Reunion
USSVI Base Meetings Listing
Submarine Reunion Notices
                                                                                                 Friday, October 22, 2010
Buffalo Visits Yokosuka During Western Pacific Deployment
By Lara Bollinger, Navy News, 21 October 2010

YOKOSUKA, Japan -- The Los Angeles-class fast attack
submarine USS Buffalo (SSN 715) arrived at Fleet
Activities Yokosuka Oct. 21 for a visit as part of its
deployment to the Western Pacific.
     With a crew of approximately 131, USS Buffalo will
conduct a multitude of missions and showcase the latest
capabilities of the submarine fleet.
     "We are always ready to execute missions in support
of national tasking, and we look forward to working with
our regional partners as a part of our forward presence in
the Western Pacific," said Cmdr. Richard Seif, USS
Buffalo commanding officer.
     The visit to Yokosuka follows a nearly two-month
underway period for the crew.
     "The crew has worked very hard during this
deployment, and they are really looking forward to               YOKOSUKA, Japan (Oct. 21, 2010) The Los Angeles-class
enjoying some free time in Japan after being underway            fast attack submarine USS Buffalo (SSN 715) arrives at
for 56 days," said Seif.                                         Fleet Activities Yokosuka for a port visit as part of its
     For most of the crew members, this is their first time      deployment to the western Pacific Ocean. Buffalo has been
visiting Japan.                                                  forward deployed to Guam since 2007 and routinely
     "I'm so excited to finally get to see Japan," said Lt.      operates in the western Pacific region.
j.g. Mark Horodowicz. "This is my first time visiting this       special warfare involving special operations forces,
country, and I'm looking forward to immersing myself in          intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance, irregular
the culture and seeing something different."                     warfare and mine warfare.
     Measuring more than 360 feet long and weighing                   Buffalo has been forward deployed to Guam since
more than 6900 tons when submerged, Buffalo is capable           2007 and routinely operates in the Western Pacific.
of supporting a multitude of missions, including anti-                                                         Back to Top
submarine warfare, anti-surface ship warfare, strike, naval


Submariners Create Their Own Georgia-Florida Game
Crews from boats named for rival states meet in flag football.
By Gordon Jackson, Jacksonville.com, October 22, 2010

ST. MARYS - The annual Georgia-Florida football game                  Weaver said he hopes the game becomes part of the
is considered among the greatest rivalries in college            weeklong festivities leading up to the Georgia-Florida
sports.                                                          game.
     This year there will also be a USS Georgia-USS                   "We're hoping people heading to Jacksonville will
Florida game.                                                    stop here to watch the game," he said. "It would be great
     The sailors from the Ohio-class submarines Georgia          if they spend some time in Camden County to give
and Florida will kick off a flag football game at 2 p.m.         tourism a boost."
Saturday at St. Marys Middle School. That's a week                    Senior Chief Ty Schwartz, a Kings Bay public affairs
before the two universities play their annual grudge match       officer, said most of the sailors playing in the game are
in Jacksonville.                                                 from the state their boats were named after, so they know
     Retired Navy Chief Royal Weaver said a game                 how important the game is to fans.
between the two crews has been discussed since the                    "I know the Georgia-Florida game is a big rivalry,"
Georgia arrived at Kings Bay Naval Submarine Base in             he said. "I thought it was a great idea."
2008, two years after the Florida.                                    Lt. Rebecca Rebarich, public affairs officer for
     "It brings the military off base into town," he said. "It   Submarine Group 10, said the two crews are having
cements the partnership between the military and the             spirited conversations about the upcoming game, knowing
community."                                                      they will have bragging rights for the next year.
     The two boats were originally ported in Bangor,                  "There is that sense of sportsmanship between the
Wash., but were reassigned to Kings Bay after they               crews," she said. "They intend to make this an annual
underwent major renovations that included removing their         event."
nuclear missiles and refitting the boats to launch                    Admission is free to the seven-man flag football
Tomahawk cruise missiles. Crews conduct clandestine              game and the concession stand will be open for business,
missions along coastal areas throughout the world.               with proceeds going to the middle school.
                                                                                                 Friday, October 22, 2010
     The ships' stores will also sell engraved pens, coffee         "The two crews will benefit from this," Weaver said.
mugs, hats, shirts, lighters and other memorabilia from       "It's a win-win on all aspects, no matter which crew
the boats. Proceeds will go to the recreation funds for       wins."
both boats.                                                                                                  Back to Top


Navy Selects First Submarines for Female Officer Assignments
Navy News, 21 October 2010

KINGS BAY, Ga. -- USS Wyoming (SSBN 742) and                       Two of the women will be submarine officers, and
USS Georgia (SSGN 729) homeported in Kings Bay, Ga.,          the third female officer will be a warfare qualified supply
and USS Maine (SSBN 741) and USS Ohio (SSGN 726)              officer.
homeported in Bangor, Wash.,                                       They will be assigned to their first submarine duty
are the initial four submarines that have been selected to    station after completing training, which consists of
integrate female officers into their crews.                   nuclear power school, prototype training and the
     The blue and gold crews of the four submarines will      Submarine Officer Basic Course. They are expected to
each be assigned three female officers.                       report to their assigned submarines beginning December
                                                              2011.
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Navy Names First Sub Assignments For Women
By Kevin Baron, Stars and Stripes, 21 October 2010

ARLINGTON, Va. -- The Navy has announced the first            nuclear power school, prototype training and the
four submarines that will accept 24 female officers           Submarine Officer Basic Course.‖
beginning December 2011. Until then, crew "docs" are               The boats themselves are ready to accept women.
getting refresher courses on women’s health.                  ―There’s no modification required,‖ she said, in an
     The first boats are the USS Wyoming (SSBN 742)           interview. ―The accommodation is already there, as far as
and USS Georgia (SSGN 729), out of Kings Bay, Ga.,            their berthing, or sleeping arrangement, and head,‖
and the USS Maine (SSBN 741) and USS Ohio (SSGN               referring to restrooms.
726), from Bangor, Wash. The Trident boats are Ohio-               But crews are getting some special training to prepare
class, nuclear powered, guided and ballistic missile          for the changeover. The onboard Navy corpsman, who act
submarines. Each has two crews, and each crew be              as each crew’s only doctor, needs refresher courses on
assigned three female officers, according to a Navy           female health, Rebarich said.
release.                                                           Meanwhile, over the next year sub leaders including
     ―Two of the women will be submarine officers, and        the commanding officer, executive officer, and chief of
the third female officer will be a warfare qualified supply   boat from all eight crews plan to visit Navy frigates,
officer,‖ said Lt. Rebecca Rebarich, spokeswoman for          which parallel submarine demographics, to see how the
Commander, Submarine Group Ten, out of Kings Bay.             surface fleet has successfully integrated women.
     ―They will be assigned to their first submarine duty                                                    Back to Top
station after completing training, which consists of


Navy Announces First Sub Officer Assignments for Women
By Karen Parrish, American Forces Press Service, 21 October 2010

WASHINGTON – Two dozen women will begin                       of these two classes are assigned two full crews, known as
reporting to four submarines by the end of next year,         blue and gold crews, which rotate between sea and shore
marking a new milestone in the 110-year history of the        duty to maximize the time a submarine can spend in its
submarine force, Navy officials announced today.              assigned area.
     Six female officers each will join the crews of the            Two of the women in each crew will be submarine
USS Wyoming, USS Georgia, USS Maine and USS Ohio,             officers, and the third female officer will be a warfare-
Navy Submarine Group 10 officials announced in a news         qualified supply officer. They will be assigned to their
release.                                                      first submarine duty station after nuclear power school,
     Three female officers will be assigned to each of the    prototype training and the Submarine Officer Basic
subs’ two crews.                                              Course. They are expected to report to their assigned
     The Wyoming and the Maine are nuclear-powered            submarines beginning in December 2011.
ballistic missile submarines, and the Georgia and Ohio are          Navy Lt. Rebecca Rebarich, the submarine group’s
nuclear-powered cruise missile submarines. Submarines         public affairs officer, said today the new submarine
                                                                                                Friday, October 22, 2010
officers were commissioned through the U.S. Naval             congressional review, Navy officials announced April 29
Academy, ROTC programs and Officer Candidate                  they would begin accepting women’s applications for
School. All 24 women have been identified and will join       submarine officer training.
their new crews at about the same time, but the Navy is            Navy Secretary Ray Mabus, a former Navy surface
not releasing their names while they undergo training.        warfare officer, declared his goal of integrating women
     ―We want them to be able to focus on what they’re        into the submarine forces soon after taking office in May
doing while they’re in training,‖ Rebarich explained.         2009. Adm. Gary Roughead, chief of naval operations,
―Today’s announcement is part of the process of               seconded Mabus’s initiative. The admiral said in a
integrating women into submarine crews. This is just          statement released in September 2009 that his experience
another step.‖                                                commanding a mixed-gender surface-combatant ship
     Submarine Group 10 is commanded by Rear Adm.             makes him very comfortable integrating women into the
Barry Bruner, who leads the Navy’s Women on                   submarine force.
Submarines Task Force.                                             The Navy first allowed women to serve on surface
     The Navy’s integration of women into submarine           noncombatant ships in 1973 and on surface combatant
crews has been under way since Defense Secretary Robert       ships in 1993.
M. Gates notified Congress in February the service                                                            Back to Top
wanted to add women to its submarine crews. Following a


Navy Picks 1st Subs For Female Crew
Hampton Univ. grad and Chesapeake native selected
Wavy.com, October 22, 2010

KINGS BAY, Ga. (WAVY) - The U.S. Navy said                    Colorado Springs, Colo., were selected earlier this year.
Thursday the USS Wyoming (SSBN 742), USS Georgia              Both were Naval Reserve Officers Training Corps
(SSGN 729), USS Maine (SSBN 741) and USS Ohio                 (NROTC) Midshipmen at the time of their selection.
(SSGN 726) will be the first submarines to integrate          Bittner, who attended North Carolina State, and Brodsky
female officers into their crews.                             were both commissioned as ensigns in May following
      The blue and gold crews of the four submarines will     their respective graduations.
each be assigned three female officers.                            All of the women selected to serve will be assigned
      Two of the women will be submarine officers, and        to their first submarine duty station after completing
the third female officer will be a warfare qualified supply   training, which consists of nuclear power school,
officer.                                                      prototype training and the Submarine Officer Basic
      Navy spokeswoman Lt. Rebecca Rebarich said all          Course.
three will share a stateroom. The lone bathroom for                The female officers are expected to report to their
officers will bear a reversible sign -- letting men know      assigned submarines beginning in December 2011.
that it's in use by women and vice versa.                          Limiting women to officer slots lets the Navy, for a
      The Wyoming and Georgia are homeported in Kings         time at least, sidestep the more vexing and cost-
Bay, Ga. The Maine and Ohio are homeported in Bangor,         prohibitive problem of modifying subs to have separate
Wash.                                                         bunks and bathrooms for enlisted men and women.
      The Navy announced the end of its ban on females        Enlisted sailors make up about 90 percent of a sub's 160-
serving aboard submarines in April.                           member crew.
      Two women with Hampton Roads ties are among the              The Navy first allowed women to serve on surface
first group of 24 female officers to be selected for          noncombatant ships in 1973 and on surface combatant
submarine duty.                                               ships in 1993.
      Megan Christine Bittner, from Chesapeake, and Lisa                                                     Back to Top
Brodsky, 22, a Hampton University graduate from


2 Kings Bay Subs To Get Female Officers In December 2011
The assignments apply to four boats total.
By Gordon Jackson, Jacksonville.com, October 22, 2010

ST. MARYS — The Navy announced Thursday that 24                    The submarine service is the only warship that has
female officers will be assigned to submarines in             traditionally been off limits to women because the close
December 2011, including two subs at Kings Bay Naval          quarters and long deployments were considered
Submarine Base.                                               unsuitable for women.
    Female officers will be assigned to the USS Georgia            Each boat has two crews and three women will be
and USS Wyoming at Kings Bay and to the USS Maine             assigned to each crew. Before they assume submarine
and USS Ohio in Bangor, Wash.
                                                                                                   Friday, October 22, 2010
duties, the women must complete nuclear power school,                 ―The accommodation is already there, as far as their
prototype training and the submarine officer basic course.       berthing, or sleeping arrangement, and head,‖ she said.
     ―Two of the women will be submarine officers and                 Crews are getting special training to prepare for the
the third female will be a warfare-qualified supply              addition of women. Navy corpsmen who act as the crews’
officer,‖ said Lt. Rebecca Rebarich, public affairs officer      only doctors at sea are taking refresher courses on female
for Submarine Group 10 at Kings Bay.                             health.
     Navy officials said no modifications are required on             Over the next year, the commanding officers,
the boats to accommodate the women.                              executive officers and chiefs of the boat from all eight
     The boats already have officers’ berths and                 crews will visit Navy frigates to see how the surface fleet
bathrooms, but officers’ facilities are separate from those      successfully integrated women.
of enlisted sailors. Because the boats have so few officers           The long-term plan is to integrate women on all 18
among the crews, it will be relatively easy to                   Ohio-class submarines. The Navy plans to integrate
accommodate the separate needs of men and women.                 women on the fleet’s 55 fast-attack submarines, but those
     Reversible signs on bathroom doors, for example,            plans have not been finalized because the boats are
will let officers know when the bathroom is occupied by a        smaller and more cramped.
man or woman, Navy officials said.                                                                              Back to Top


Navy Foresees No Safety Issues With Substandard Metal Used In Some Subs
By Jennifer McDermott, The Day, 22 October 2010

So far, none of the submarine parts at the heart of a            under a teaming agreement. The Navy is working with
federal criminal fraud case have failed or malfunctioned,        both to determine the impact of the scheme. EB referred
according to the Navy, which says the improperly treated         all questions about the case to the Navy.
metal does not put crews at greater risk.                             The eventual cost to fix the problem is still unknown,
     In answer to questions from The Day after news              but the government has already spent more than $1.3
broke that a supplier has pleaded guilty to providing            million searching ships for the Bristol Alloys metal and
untested metal for shipbuilding, the Navy stated, "None of       has said it may take years to determine the scope of the
these parts, should they fail, would individually result in a    problem.
major casualty. The crews are well-equipped and trained               Bristol Alloys, a metal and steel parts broker, has
to deal with the minor casualties that might be expected in      been in business in Fairless Hills, Pa., since 2002.
the unlikely event of a part failure. It is a material control        Northrop Grumman bought various metal
issue, but at this time there is no evidence to suggest that     components from Garvey Precision Machine Inc. in New
this issue could impact crew or ship safety."                    Jersey, a company that had purchased metals and other
     Bristol Alloys Inc. and its president, James Bullick,       parts from Bristol Alloys.
admitted in court last week to selling metal that had not             Bristol Alloys created numerous fraudulent heating-
been heat-treated to be used in Virginia-class submarines        test certifications supposedly issued by another company
to meet contractual requirements.                                and counterfeit certified material test reports instead of
     About 4 percent of the parts inspected so far have          complying with the Navy's requirements in the purchase
been found to be of the wrong material or treatment, the         orders from Garvey from about 2004 to the fall of 2009,
Navy said.                                                       according to court documents.
     The major fraud charge dealt with parts and materials            Garvey paid Bristol Alloys about $500,000 during
associated with Virginia-class submarines, but the Navy's        that time, with much of that money paying for metal that
investigation has also focused on Los Angeles-, Seawolf-         did not meet the specifications, according to the
and Ohio-class submarines, as well as the aircraft carrier       prosecutor in the case.
Gerald R. Ford (CVN 78).                                              Heat treating alters the properties of a metal or alloy
     Inspections are scheduled for the fourth submarine of       to make it better suited for a specific application.
the Virginia class, USS North Carolina (SSN 777),                     EB found problems with the material certification
through the 11th submarine, still under construction, the        reports in the spring of 2009. Northrop Grumman
North Dakota (SSN 784).                                          informed the Navy of the discrepancies with the
     Navy officials will decide, based on the results of         paperwork from Bristol Alloys in October 2009.
those inspections, if the first three submarines of the class,        Bullick faces a maximum sentence of 10 years in
which are all in service, need to be checked. Some of the        prison, a $5 million fine and mandatory restitution at his
parts may need to be replaced.                                   sentencing on Jan. 31, according to the Office of the U.S.
     Metal from Bristol Alloys was installed in hatches,         Attorney for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania. The
steering gear, hydraulics, snorkel masts, internal               company also faces a possible $5 million fine and
countermeasure launchers and torpedo shipping and                mandatory restitution.
handling equipment, the Navy said.                                                                                Back to Top
     Electric Boat in Groton and Northrop Grumman
Shipbuilding in Virginia build Virginia-class submarines
                                                                                                 Friday, October 22, 2010


Other Submarine News Around the World

HMS Astute: World's Most Advanced Nuclear Submarine Runs Aground
The world’s most advanced nuclear submarine, HMS Astute, has run aground on rocks off Scotland causing considerable
embarrassment for Navy chiefs.
Telegraph.co.uk, 22 October 2010

The grounding of the £1.2 billion Astute hunter-killer              The submarine, which carries a crew of 98, will now
comes at the end of a dire week for the Royal Navy which       wait until later today for tug boats to pull her off when the
has seen its carrier force halved, Harrier jump jets axed      tide comes in.
and warship force reduced by almost a quarter.                      Astute, which was handed over to the Navy by its
     It is understood that the boat, which is first in its     builders BAE Systems in late August, will then continue
class, ran aground by its stern in a manoeuvre that ―went      her sea trials.
slightly wrong‖ after it had dropped some sailors ashore            It is not known whether the boat, which can carry up
in tidal waters off the Isle of Skye.                          to 38 Tomahawk cruise missiles and Spearfish torpedoes,
     As the tide rapidly ebbed it is thought the skipper of    was carrying any weapons.
Astute, Commander Andy Coles, decided not to power it               At 7,200 tonnes the Astute is the biggest British
off the obstruction as it would risk damaging the hull that    nuclear attack submarine ever built, although it is half the
carries some of the most advanced acoustic tiles that          size of the Trident nuclear submarines at 16,000 tonnes.
make Astute virtually undetectable beneath the seas.           The boat’s nuclear reactor will never need refueling
     Navy insiders insisted that there was no likelihood of    during its 35 year life.
a nuclear reactor leak or any other environmental issue.            Amid the gloom of Navy cuts, which will see the
     No one was injured in the incident that happened          Senior Service reduced by 5,000 sailors to 30,000, there
earlier today. It came the morning after Trafalgar Day,        was some celebration following publication of the
where sailors celebrated the 205th anniversary of Nelson's     defence review on Tuesday after it was announced the
victory.                                                       seventh and final Astute-class submarine would be
      ―Astute ran aground by her very stern earlier this       ordered.
morning as she was transferring people ashore,‖ a Navy              However the incident comes on the back of a number
spokesman said. ―There’s no nuclear issue or no                of submarine accidents in the last few years.
environmental issue that we are aware of and no one has                                                         Back to Top
been hurt.‖


UK Nuclear Submarine Runs Aground Off Scotland
Reuters, 22 October 2010

A new British Royal Navy nuclear-powered submarine                  ―This is an MoD matter and we have an emergency
ran aground off the coast of north-west Scotland on            vessel standing by,‖ a spokesman for the coastguard said.
Friday, the Ministry of Defence said.                               Witness Ross McKerlich told BBC News: ―She is
     ―This is not a nuclear incident,‖ a spokesman said.       now high and dry and we can see just the tips of her
―There are no injuries to personnel and the submarine is       propeller.
watertight.‖ The MoD identified the boat as an Astute-              ―It looks as if it has developed a slight list. There was
class submarine, adding that it was not armed with             a helicopter hovering over the top and there are still just
nuclear warheads. It said it was ―assessing the situation‖.    the two naval vessels from the local base.
     The recently commissioned HMS Astute is the first              ―Earlier in the day, they did have ropes and they were
of a new class of nuclear-powered submarines. HMS              trying to tow (the submarine).‖ It's not the first time a
Astute was commissioned into the navy in August and            British nuclear submarine has run aground off northwest
was undergoing sea trials before becoming operational.         Scotland. In 2002 HMS Trafalgar got into trouble off the
     According to the Royal Navy's website it is the           Isle of Skye during a military exercise and two crew were
largest and most advanced sub the navy operates and will       slightly injured in the accident.
progressively replace the ―Swiftsure‖ and ―Trafalgar‖               As part of a major defence review unveiled on
classes.                                                       Tuesday, the government confirmed it would go ahead
     The Maritime and Coastguard said it was alerted to        with an order for seven new Astute-class submarines,
the incident at about 0720 GMT and had sent an                 built by BAE Systems.
emergency tug boat to assist.                                                                                    Back to Top
     The coastguard said the submarine appeared to have
got into trouble on rocks off the Isle of Skye.
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Nuclear Submarine HMS Astute Runs Aground Off Skye
BBC, 22 October 2010

The HMS Astute submarine is believed to have been                 "Earlier in the day they did have ropes and they were
undergoing sea trials off Skye on Scotland's west coast      trying to tow but now the tide has gone back and they're
     The Royal Navy's newest and largest attack              just standing off."
submarine HMS Astute has run aground off Skye, the                HMS Astute, built at by BAE Systems in Barrow in
Ministry of Defence (MoD) has confirmed.                     Furness, Cumbria, is believed to have been undergoing
     An eye-witness said the sub - described as the          sea trials as it is not expected to enter service until next
stealthiest ever built in the UK - appeared to have          year.
grounded.                                                         Aside from attack capabilities, it is able to sit in
     A Ministry of Defence spokeswoman said: "This is        waters off the coast undetected, listening to mobile phone
not a nuclear incident.                                      conversations or delivering the UK's special forces where
     "We are responding to the incident and can confirm      needed.
that there are no injuries to personnel and the submarine         A look around the Astute's control room
remains watertight."                                              The 39,000 acoustic panels which cover its surface
     The spokeswoman added: "There is no indication of       mask its sonar signature, meaning it can sneak up on
any environmental impact."                                   enemy warships and submarines alike, or lurk unseen and
     The Maritime and Coastguard Agency (MCA) was            unheard at depth.
alerted to the incident at about 0819 BST and confirmed it        The submarine can carry a mix of up to 38 Spearfish
had run aground.                                             heavyweight torpedoes and Tomahawk Land Attack
     A spokesman said: "We have sent a coastguard tug to     Cruise missiles, able to target enemy submarines, surface
where the submarine ran aground on rocks at the Kyle of      ships and land targets, while its sonar system has a range
Lochalsh near the Skye bridge.                               of 3,000 nautical miles.
     "It will stand by and monitor what will be going on.         Speaking to the BBC last month, HMS Astute's
We think on the rising tide, at around 1800 BST, there       commanding officer, Commander Andy Coles, said: "We
should be some movement of the vessel."                      have a brand new method of controlling the submarine,
     A Royal Navy helicopter has also been at the scene.     which is by platform management system, rather than the
     Eye-witness Ross McKerlich said the submarine was       old conventional way of doing everything of using your
about a mile from his home and appeared slightly tilted.     hands.
     He said: "When I woke up this morning and looked             "This is all fly-by-wire technology including only an
out my bedroom window I could see the submarine.             auto pilot rather than a steering column."
     "I am very surprised how far in it has come as there         Submarine HMS Trafalgar sustained millions of
are good navigational buoyes there."                         pounds worth of damage when it ran aground off Skye in
     Mr McKerlich added: "There was a helicopter             2002.
hovering over the top - it's now gone back and there are          Two senior commanders were reprimanded after
two Naval vessels from the local base, Kyle of Lochalsh,     admitting that their negligence caused the incident.
standing off to the north of her.                                 The sea around Skye and the island of Raasay is a
                                                             training ground for the Royal Navy.
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Japan Adding Subs Amid Tension With China
CNN, 21 October 2010

Japan will add six submarines to its current fleet of 16          Tensions between Japan and China reached a recent
during the next four years as it sees increased naval        peak in September when a Chinese fishing boat collided
activity from Asian neighbor China, according to news        with a Japanese coast guard vessel near a disputed island
reports from Tokyo on Thursday.                              chain in the East China Sea, known as the Senkaku
     The new vessels will give Japan’s Maritime Self-        Islands in Japan and the Diaoyu Islands in China. Japan
Defense Force its largest submarine fleet since it was       detained the captain of the Chinese boat for weeks while
established in 1976, according to a Kyodo News Service       Tokyo and Beijing engaged in a diplomatic tit for tat.
report in Japanese newspapers. Kyodo said the submarine           The tensions appeared to have cooled earlier this
building program was revealed by MSDF and Defense            month, but Yomiuri Shimbun reported Thursday that
Ministry officials on condition of anonymity. It will be     China had recently sent three fishery patrol boats to the
formalized in December for implementation during 2011        disputed islands.
to 2015, the report said.                                         "Going to waters off the Diaoyu Islands and
     China maintains a fleet of about 60 submarines,         protecting [Chinese] fishing activities there is part of
according to the Kyodo report.                               protecting national sovereignty and the legal interests of
                                                                                                Friday, October 22, 2010
fishermen," an official of China's Agriculture Ministry,      through Tuesday, CNN’s Kyung Lah reported. Security
which is in charge of supervising fishery patrol boats,       forces set up a protective cordon around the Japanese
said, according to the Yomiuri report.                        Embassy in Beijing.
     Meanwhile in China, protesters targeted Japanese-                                                      Back to Top
owned factories and stores in demonstrations Saturday


China Fear Sees Japan Rush For Submarines
By Rick Wallace, The Australian, 22 October 2010

SPOOKED by China's recent territorial belligerence,                It has a huge public sector debt level, and will
Tokyo plans to increase the size of its submarine fleet by    continue buying submarines at the rate of about one a year
six to 22.                                                    while delaying the decommissioning of existing subs in
Japanese Defence Ministry officials detailed the plans        order to build the fleet.
yesterday, saying their defence forces should have a               Local media reported the ministry was considering
greater capacity for vigilance in nearby waters, especially   eliminating some minesweepers and other vessels to save
the East China Sea.                                           money.
     The recent dispute between Beijing and Tokyo was              Kosuke Takahashi, a Tokyo correspondent for Jane's
sparked by the arrest of a Chinese trawler skipper who        Defence Weekly, told The Australian the bigger fleet was
Japan suspected of fishing illegally near the disputed        about providing insurance in case China developed an
Senkaku Islands last month.                                   aircraft carrier.
     The two Asian powers have been squabbling over                It was also designed to stop (or at least keep track of)
these East China Sea islands for decades, after China tried   increasing incursions into Japanese waters by Chinese
to claim them when a substantial oil and gas reserve was      submarines.
found in nearby waters.                                            The Chinese navy is also reported to be expanding its
     Japan's plan to expand the submarine fleet is            60-strong submarine fleet.
expected to be included in the country's new defence                                                          Back to Top
program running from next year to 2015.


New Attack Sub Docked At China's Navy Base In Hainan Island
China Military News, 21 October 2010

Oct. 21 -- At least one new Type 093 nuclear-powered          East China Sea, including areas around the disputed
attack submarine was docked at a Chinese navy base in         Senkaku Islands, and the South China Sea.
Sanya, Hainan Island, in early September, a photograph             The islands -- administered by Japan but claimed by
obtained by Kyodo News by Wednesday showed.                   China and taiwan -- become the source of a recent
     While it was reported in China that the People's         diplomatic row between Tokyo and Beijing, the worst in
Liberation Army Navy deployed the "Shang-class"               years.
submarine in late 2006, the photograph marks the first             The photograph, taken on Sept. 2, shows two nuclear-
time for the whereabouts of the submarine to be visually      powered submarines docked at a quay in the base, which
confirmed, according to Ping Kefu, a Hong Kong-based          belongs to the South China Sea Fleet in Zhanjiang,
military analyst.                                             Guangdong Province.
     Ping said the PLA appears poised to advance the               One submarine was confirmed to be a Type 093.
navy to the Indian Ocean and South China Sea and to           Experts believe the other is also a Type 093, but said it is
form an aircraft carrier fleet in the future at a time when   difficult to determine because the image for the second
the navy seeks to expand its sphere of influence in the       one is unclear.
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Singapore Navy Launches Second Archer-Class Submarine
Brahmand Defense and Aerospace News, 22 October 2010

SWEDEN: Republic of Singapore Navy (RSN) has                       The submarine was launched by Mrs Ivy Ng, wife of
launched the second Archer-class submarine RSS                Minister for Education and Second Minister for Defence
Swordsman at the Kockums Shipyard in Karlskrona,              Ng Eng Hen on Wednesday.
Sweden.                                                            "The RSN’s submarines are part of an integrated war-
    RSS Swordsman was the second of the Archer-class          fighting system which includes our stealth frigates, naval
submarines that the RSN acquired from the Royal               helicopters, missile corvettes and mine-countermeasure
Swedish Navy (RSwN).
                                                                                                      Friday, October 22, 2010
vessels", Minister for Education and Second Minister for             Since 1970, both countries share a close defence
Defence, Dr Ng Eng Hen, said in the ceremony.                        relationship founded on many shared interests.
     "Together with the Challenger-class submarines, RSS                  Over the years, Singapore's defence relationship with
Archer and RSS Swordsman will enable the RSN to better               Sweden has matured to encompass wide-ranging
fulfill its mission of protecting Singapore’s sea lines of           interactions and collaborative projects such as the
communication and territorial integrity," he added.                  assistance provided by the RSwN to build the RSN's
     The launch of RSS Swordsman for Republic of                     minecountermeasure force and submarine capability.
Singapore Navy (RSN) has boosted its submarine                            In June 2009, Singapore Navy had launched the first
capability.                                                          Archer-class submarine in Sweden.
     It also reflects the strong defence partnership and                                                           Back to Top
longstanding friendship between Singapore and Sweden.



Announcements

Naval Postgraduate School MSES ME Distance Learning Course
The Naval Postgraduate School is offering an asynchronous Masters of Science in
Engineering Science (Mechanical Engineering) degree to all surface and submarine nuclear
trained officers. This program is packaged for completion completely offline and is ideal
for sea going officers and those offices who are unable to attend the formal program via
Video Tele-education Training. In addition to the 28 ½ credits for Nuclear Power School
students are required to complete six courses and a term paper. The course, including text
books and training material, is provided to eligible officers free of charge. For additional
information, please contact Dr. Robert Cobb via telephone at (360) 315-2803; DSN 322-
2803 of via e-mail at pacnorwest@nps.edu.


Submarine Force Library And Museum (SFLM) Docents Needed
The SFLM has a docent program coordinated by the U.S. SUBMARINE VETERANS Inc. Groton Base that is looking for
volunteers to be docents.
       Docents are individuals, trained to further the public understanding of the historical collections of an institution. They
are normally volunteers and act as guides and greeters at museums, etc.
      Are you Qualified to Be a Docent? There are no real qualifications to be a Docent. You do not have to be a member of
SUBVETS, or even a Submariner to be a Docent. The only requirements needed are the time, the desire to want to volunteer
your time talking about the Submarine Force, and a friendly outgoing personality.
      It is a great way to share your submarine experience, or just talk about the Submarine Force and pass on Submarine
Force Heritage with an eager, interested audience at the SFLM and the HISTORIC SHIP NAUTILUS.
      Docent Watches are only for 4 hours and you can stand as few as one watch or as many watches as you like per month.
      To find out more information, or if you are interested in being a Docent please contact the SFLM Docent Coordinator,
Gary Schmid at (860) 823 - 9806 or drop an email to docent@subvetsgroton.org.
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HMS/m Dreadnought Association Reunion
The reunion is being held over the weekend 6th to 8th May 2011.
All ex serving members of the boat including their Families and friends are invited to join us for this weekend Being held at
the Bosworth Hotel and spa. The Hotel is set in imposing grounds in the middle of the countryside Near Coventry. Full
details can be found on our website www.hmsdreadnought.co.uk or by phoning Peter Ford On 01268693531 or Bruce Allan
on 01206322313. Dreadnought was based on USS Skipjack SSN585 and anyone who is in the UK at the time is welcome to
attend.
                                                                                                        November 7, 2011
USSVI Base Meetings Listing
Albemarle Sound Base
Date: First Saturday of each month (except July) at 10 AM
Location: Varies. See website for meeting location. www.ussvi.org/base/Albemarle.asp
For more info: Contact Base Commander Barry Danforth at (252) 338-6577, or Base Secretary Ron Pervere at (757) 575-
8979, ron@pervere.net.

Barb Base (Cape Coral, Fl.)
Date: 1st Tuesday of each month at 1900
Location: CRA Office, 1231 Cape Coral Parkway East, Cape Coral, Fl. 33904.
For more info: Please contact Base Commander Lou Simmons at 239-699-6112 or www.barbase.org.

Barbel Base
Date: Third Thursday of the months of October thru April. Social at 1700, (hamburgers and fish available) meeting at 1900.
Location: American Legion Post 19, 2575 S. Virginia Dr. Yuma Az. 85364.
For more info: Contact Base Commander Al Durkee, 360 908 3050 or durkeeal@earthlink.net

Base 51
Date: 3rd Wednesday of the Month at 7;30 pm
Location: Elks Lodge, 4100 W. Charleston Blvd., Las Vegas, NV 89102

Bay State West Base
Date: Sunday October 17th, 2010 at 1400
Location: World War II Club, 50 Conz Street, Northampton, MA 01060-3860
For more info: Contact Base Commander Dave Duffié, (413) 320 5088 - dduffie@eo.kollmorgen.com

Bowfin Base (Pearl Harbor)
Date: 1st Friday of every month, Social hour at 1800, meeting at 1900.
Location: Lockwood Hall Clean Sweep Bar at SUBASE, Naval Station Pearl Harbor.
For more info: Contact Chris Cunha at 808-531-1519 or ics.hi@usa.net

Bonefish Base
Date: 4th Saturday of the Month at 12;00 pm
Location: Meets at: American Legion Hall, 820 W. State Street, Redlands, CA 92374

Bremerton Base
Date: 3rd Tuesday of the month. Social hour at 1800, meeting at 1900.
Location: Fleet Reserve Association Branch #29, 521 National Ave S, Bremerton WA
For more info: Contact Base Commander Dave Niemy, at ssbnswo@aol.com or check the base website at http://gertrude-
check.up-scope.org/

Capitol Base
Date: 2nd Monday of the month, 1830 social/Meeting 1900
Location: JJ Muldoon’s, 16143 Shady Grove Rd., Gaithersburg, MD 20877
For more info: Contact the COB, Tom Denton at gcmfish@verizon.net or the Base Commander, Art Glover at
basecommander@capitolbase.org <mailto:basecommander@capitolbase.org>

Carolina Piedmont Base
Date: 4th Saturday of each month, dinner at 1730, meeting at 1900 .
Location: VFW Post #9138, 1442 Harris Rd., Fort Mill, SC
For more info: Contact Base Commander Steve Bell at (704) 824-3510, usnret82@carolina.rr.com, or Base Secretary Jack
Jeffries at (704) 764-5211, jcckjeffries@interlink-cafe.com

Charleston Base
Date: September 9, 2010 social hour starts at 6:00 and the meeting will begin at 7:00
Location: Fleet Reserve Association on Wisteria Drive in Goose Creek, SC
For more info: Contact Ed Stank at stanke@bellsouth.net
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Chesapeake MD Base
Date: 3rd Saturday of each month (except July and August), 1300-1400.
Location: American Legion Post 0276. Address: 8068 Quarterfield Road Severn, MD.
For more info: Contact Base Commander Terry Castle at (410) 768-3950, subvet4@aol.com or Base Secretary Dave Weller
at (301) 860-1889, subball2000@yahoo.com

Cowtown Base
Date: 3rd Saturday of each month at 1130
Location: Ryan’s Steakhouse, 1501 Cherry Lane, White Settlement, TX.
For more info: Please contact Base Vice Commander Jim Fox at 817-709-7379 or emcs_ssfox@sbcglobal.net.

Hampton Roads Base
Date: 3rd Saturday of each month (except July and August), Meeting: 1115.
Location: VFW Post #5728, 5278 Bartee Street, Norfolk, VA
For more info: Contact Base Commander Bill Mereno at (757) 431.1040, crafter1@cox.net or Base Secretary Bud Warren
at (757) 495.0539, bwarren5@cox.net

Kings Bay Base
Date/Time: 3rd Wednesday of each month, Meeting: 6 PM.
Location: VFW Post #8385, 150 North Camden Woods Parkway, Kingsland, GA
For more info: Contact Base Commander Sean Farrell at (912) 674-6810, subvetskbay@yahoo.com
Prospective members/guests are encouraged and welcome to attend.

Los Angeles/Pasadena Base
Date: 3rd Saturday of the month. 1130 Social hour, 1230 Lunch, 1330 Meeting
Location: Seal Beach Naval Weapons Station, 800 Seal Beach Blvd., Bldg. 6 (ID and proof of insurance required) For more
Info: Contact Chuck Senior at 310-614-8419, or lapasadenabase@gmail.com Prospective members/guests and
wives/significant others welcome

USS Marlin Base, Omaha NE
Date: 2nd Monday of each month at 1900
Location: 40 and 8 Club, 3113 S. 70th St, Omaha NE 68106.
For more info: Please contact Base Commander Andy Metzger at 402-292-8899 or metzgerfj@aol.com.

Minneapolis-St. Paul Base
Date: Saturday, October 2, Social Hour 1700, Dinner @ 1800
Location: Howard Fong's Restaurant, 9329 Lyndale Ave. S., Bloomington, MN.
For more info: Ken Kauffman, Secretary. 651-454-9465. mirken@comcast.net

Northern Virginia Base (November Update)
Date: Sunday, 1100 – 1500 Holland Club Recognition Brunch 2010
Location: Army Navy Country Club, 1700 Army Navy Drive, Arlington, VA 22202
http://wwwwww.ancc.org/club/scripts/home/home.asp RSVP by telephone to 703-615-1635 or via e-mail to
Secretary@USSVINOVA.ORG by 1 November 2010
For additional info: Contact the COB, Mike Murphy at cob@ussvinova.org or the Base Vice Commander, Tom Perrault at
mailto:vcdr@ussvinova.org

Olympic Peninsula Base
Date: 3rd Thursday of each month, at 7pm.
Location: VFW Post 7498, 31 Matheson Street, Port Hadlock, Wash.
For more info: Contact Base organizer Chief Electrician’s Mate John Clear, USN (Ret.) at (360) 437-1143 (home), (360)
471-5386 (cell) or webmaster@usssealion.com.

Palmetto Base
Date: 3rd Tuesday of each month. Social: 1800, Meeting: 1900.
Location: O’Charley’s restaurant 5565 Sunset Blvd, Lexington, SC 29072
For more info: Contact Base Commander Tommy Richardson at (803) 834-1589 or Base Secretary Randy Browning at
(757) 817-4005.
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Perch Base
Date: 2nd Saturday of the month. Social hour at 1100, meeting at 1200.
Location: American Legion Post #105, 3534 West Calavar Road, Phoenix AZ 85053.
For more info: Contact the Base Commander, Jim Denzien, at commander@perch-base.org or check the base website at
www.perch-base.org

Redstone Base
Date/Time: 2nd Saturday of the month, 1100
Location: VFW Post 2702, 2900 N. Memorial Parkway, Huntsville, AL
For more info: Contact Tony Williams at tonytwilliams57@aol.com or (256) 503-5374.

San Diego Base
Date: 2nd Tuesday of the Month at 7:00 pm
Location: VFW Post # 3787, 4370 Twain Ave., San Diego, CA 92120-3404

Seattle Base
Date/Time: 3rd Wednesday of each month (except December), Social time 6:30 pm, Business meeting at 7:00 pm.
Location: Lake Washington VFW Post 2995, 4330 148th Ave. NE, Redmond, WA 98052-5152.
For more info: Contact Base Commander Keith Watson at 360-886-0778 or Karl 'Dutch' Krompholz at 253-631-5736.

Seawolf Base
Date/Time: Odd numbered months business meeting on third Saturday, even months social gathering
Location: FRA Club, 2117 Wilkinson Ave., Panama City Beach, FL
For more info: Base Commander (850) 871-2764, Secretary (850) 547-4476, email jdpeugh@aol.com

South Florida Base
Date: 2nd Saturday of each month at 1100 hrs.
Location: Snappers Restaurant, 398 N Congress Ave, Boynton Beach, Fl
For more info: Bill Andrea, POC, wcandrea@bellsouth.net

Trieste Base
Date: 3rd Sunday of each Month at 3:00 pm
Location: Sizzler Restaurant, 40489 Murrieta Hot Springs Road, Murrieta, CA 92563

Tullibee Base
Date: 4th Saturday, January thru October at 1100
Location: Biloxi Yacht Club, 408 Beach Blvd., Biloxi, MS
For More Info: POC-C. L. Harvey. charvgayle@aol.com, 251-865-9614

Tucson Base
Date: Saturday August 21, 2010 at 2:00pm
Location: Cattletown Saloon & Steak house, 3141 E. Drexel Rd. Tucson AZ, 85706. # 520-295-1141
For More Info: For information contact Base Commander Bruce Mitchell bruce3mitch@yahoo.com, 520-648-3855

USS Carbonero Base (Chattanooga, Tenn.)
Date: 2nd Monday of every month at 1830
Location: VFW Post 4848, 1491 Riverside Drive, Chattanooga, Tenn.
For more info: Contact Alan Syler at asyler@comcast.net.

USS Chicago Base
Date: 1st Saturday of the month at 1300
Location: Tinley Park VFW, 17147 Oak Park Avenue, Tinley Park, Illinois, 60477
For more info: Contact Base Commander Ken Tupman at (815) 936-9318 or usschicagobase.org

USS Parche Base (Ventura County)
Date: 4th Sunday of every month at 1300
Location: Eagles Club in Oxnard, CA.
For more info: Contact Barry Enticknap at 805-450-0807 or barry.enticknap@verizon.net
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USS Scamp Base
Date: 4th Thursday of the Month at 7:00 pm
Location: American Legion Hall, 230 E. Park Ave., Escondido, CA 92025-1811

USS Virginia Base
Date: 2nd Thursday of each Month, 1700 Happy hour and dinner, 1900 Meeting
Location: Candela's Restaurant, 14235 Midlothian Turnpike, Midlothian, VA
For more info: Contact Base Commander Kenn McDermott, kennmcd@pewterguy.com, or Treasurer/Membership
Chairman, Jim Lencalis <mailto:j.lencalis@comcast.net. Web site: www.ussvirginiabase.org

Weeki Wachee Base
Date: 2nd Saturday of the month at 1300 (1 PM)
Location: Marine Corps League, 8405 Sunshine Grove Road, Brooksville, FL 34613
For more info: Earl "Robbie" Roberts 14402 Sandhurst St Brooksville, FL 34613-5958 PH: 352-592-5161
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Submarine Reunion Notices


USS Sam Houston SSBN/SSN-609 (All crews)
Dates: Oct 20-23
Location: Norfolk, VA
For more info: Contact Howard Dobson, 8 Colony Blvd, #338C, Wilmington, DE 19802, 302-764-1197,
howardvaldobson@verizon.net, www.USSSamHouston.org.

USS Thomas A. Edison SSBN/SSN 610
Dates: October 28 – October 31, 2010
Location: Groton Motor Inn and Suites, Groton, CT
For more info: Contact: William ―Doc‖ McCance, 16 Chapman Lane Gales Ferry, CT 06335 (860) 464-6758,
11doc@comcast.net

USS Sterlet SS-392 (1943-68)
Dates: Nov 8-11
Location: Tucson, AZ
For more info: Contact Dick Jarenski, 7832 N Sombrero Peak Dr, Tucson, AZ, 85743-6007, 520-744-0869,
rjarenski@aol.com, www.usssterlet.com.

USS Pollack SSN-603
Dates: Nov 8-14
Location: Branson, MO
For more info: Cliff Smith, PO Box 947, North Fork, CA 93643, smittyss@sti.net, www.uss-pollack.org.

USS Robert E Lee SSBN/SSN 601
Dates: April 29 - May 1, 2011
Location: Newport News Marriott at City Center, 740 Town Center Dr., Phone: 1-757-673-9299, www.marriott.com/phfoy
Newport News, Virginia
For more info: Contact Joe White 405-348-2195 joewi@sbcglobal,net www.ssbn601.com

U.S.S. Jallao SS 368
Dates: May 5 to 8, 2011
Location: Manitowoc WI.
For more info: Contact: Jerry Pilger @ jollyj@Isolnet Steve Marquis @ silverfoxsteve@msn.com or Jerry Emerson @
nkiv368@embarqmail.com Check out web site www.ussjallao.com
                                                                                                    November 7, 2011
USS Sea Fox (SS402)
Dates: 21-31 May, 2011
Location: Green Valley, AZ
For more info: Contact Reunion Coordinator: Joel Greenberg - 71E Santa Chalice Dr. Green Valley, AZ 85614
hop402@yahoo.com 520-393-8252 http://seafoxassoc.homestead.com/2011-Muster.html

USS James Monroe (SSBN 622)
Dates: June 20 2011 - 24 June 2011
Location: Charleston, SC from at the Downtown Best Western
For more info: contact Wayne Sieckowski wsieckowski@gmail.com or website www.ussjamesmonroeassn.org

USS Trumpetfish SS425
Dates: August 23-29, 2011
Location: Grand Plaza Hotel, Branson, MO
Contact: Terry Trump at 404 Pinehurst Ave, Summerville, SC; email: ss425@hotmail.com; 843-873-9563; www.uss-
trumpetfish-ss425.org

USS Tusk (SS 426)
Dates: September 15-18, 2011
Location: Baltimore/Annapolis, MD
For more info: Reunion Coordinator Brooke Lynch can be contacted at subsailor48@gmail.com Also go to
www.usstusk.com for more information on the cost and plans for the reunion

USS Henry L. Stimson (SSBN 655)
Dates: Thursday Oct. 13 - Sunday Oct. 16, 2011
Location: Charleston, SC
For more info: Please visit http://www.ssbn655.org or http://seawolfpack.com/ or contact Nick Nichols (843.452.3189) /
email jenichiols@netzero.net for more details.
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