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This Day in History:
1945 - USS BARBEL (SS-316) commanded by Lt. Cmdr. C.L. Raguet, departed Fremantle for her fourth war patrol on January 5,
1945. On February 3, 1945, BARBEL sent a message to USS TUNA (SS-203), USS BLACKFIN (SS-322) and GABILAN
reporting numerous aircraft contacts daily. BARBEL had been attacked by aircraft three times with depth charges, and would
transmit a message ―tomorrow night‖ giving information. This was the last contact with BARBEL. Japanese records indicate that on
February 4th, 1945 a plane attacked a submarine scoring a hit near the bridge with one of two bombs dropped. It appears almost
certain that this attack sank BARBEL. Eighty-one men were lost with BARBEL that day. She was the forty-sixth U.S. submarine
loss of World War II. BARBEL received three battle stars for her World War II service.
1970 - PCU FINBACK (SSN-670) commissioned USS FINBACK (SSN-670) at Newport News Shipbuilding and Drydock
Company, Newport News, VA.
1971 - PCU HAWKBILL (SSN-666) commissioned USS HAWKBILL (SSN-666) at Mare Island Naval Shipyard, Vallejo, CA.

Houston Visits Malaysia During Spring Patrol
By Mass Communications Specialist 3rd Class Corey Hensley, Commander, U.S. 7th Fleet Public Affairs, Feb 3, 2011
USS Frank Cable Visits Malaysia
By Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Gabrielle Blake, USS Frank Cable Public Affairs, February 3, 2011
USS Maryland Galley Earns 1st
Gold crew among winners of Outstanding Food Service Ney Award
From Naval Supply Systems Command Public Affairs, Kings Bay Periscope, February 2, 2011
Naval Undersea Warfare Center Keyport to Save Millions with Energy Savings
Performance Contract Project
From Naval Sea Systems Command Public Affairs, Feb 3, 2011
Naval Sea Systems Command Recognizes Workforce Excellence
From NAVSEA Office of Corporate Communications, Feb 3, 2011
Unmanned Subs Making Waves In Undersea Warfare
By Seth Robson, Stars and Stripes, Feb 3, 2011
Navy Planning To Invest $16 Million In Portsmouth Naval Shipyard
Foster’s Daily Democrat, 3 February 2011




Announcements
2011 Dolphin Scholarship Application
Naval Postgraduate School MSES ME Distance Learning Course
Submarine Force Library And Museum (SFLM) Docents Needed
                                                                                               Friday, February 04, 2011

HMS/m Dreadnought Association Reunion
Submarine Group 2 Hosts Black Heritage Month Gospel Concert
Groton Prepares to Celebrate the Submarine Force’s 111th Birthday
From Submarine Group 2 Public Affairs, Jan 11, 2011

USSVI Base Meetings Listing
Submarine Reunion Notices




Houston Visits Malaysia During Spring Patrol
By Mass Communications Specialist 3rd Class Corey Hensley, Commander, U.S. 7th Fleet Public Affairs, Feb 3, 2011

SEPANGAR, Malaysia – The Los Angeles-class fast-                have a good time, and relax a bit is very important for
attack submarine USS Houston (SSN 713) arrived in               their health as well as their mental state.‖
Sepangar, Malaysia on Jan. 31, as part of its spring patrol.          For many of the Houston’s crewmembers, this is their
      Houston’s Commanding Officer Cmdr. David                  first time visiting Malaysia. Sonar Technician
Schappert, said that the subs presence in this country is       (Submarines) 1st Class Martin Davis said he is very
not only important to the United States but for Malaysia        excited to be here.
as well.                                                              ―The fact that it is a Muslim culture makes it even
       ―The USS Houston is here representing the                more intriguing, and I’m looking forward to seeing all the
American Navy,‖ said Schappert. ―We’re here to develop          nature and cultural sites that this country has to offer,‖
the relationship with the Royal Malaysian Navy, to learn        said Davis. ―I’m looking forward to going out into the
all that we can from our partner, and for regional stability    wilderness, a white water rafting trip, and some of the
and prosperity in this region.‖                                 hiking. The mountain sounds very exciting.‖
      Shapperd is hoping that the subs arrival will result in         The Houston measures more than 360 feet long and
an exchange of ideas and information between the U.S.           weighs more than 6,900 tons when submerged. This
Navy and the Royal Malaysian Navy.                              submarine is capable of supporting a multitude of
      ―We’ve heard a lot of great things about the country      missions, including anti-submarine warfare and anti-
and the Navy,‖ said Schappert. ―We’re excited to share          surface ship warfare. With a crew of approximately 110,
things we know about our submarine force, and learn all         Houston conducts a multitude of missions and showcases
we can from their submarine force.‖                             the latest capabilities of the submarine fleet. Houston is
      The submarine’s Chief of the Boat, Senior Chief           one of 43 Los Angeles (SSN 688) class submarines that
Machinist’s Mate Jay Cherland, said the crew has been           comprise the backbone of the submarine force.
working hard during their deployment and hopes they get               Attack submarines are designed to seek and destroy
some much deserved rest.                                        enemy submarines and surface ships; project power
      ―We had about two months out, came in for stand           ashore with Tomahawk cruise missiles and Special
down for about two weeks, and then went back out right          Operation Forces; carry out Intelligence, Surveillance,
away,‖ said Cherland. ―The crew has worked very hard            and Reconnaissance (ISR) missions; support Strike Group
and done extremely well. There has been a couple of             operations, and engage in mine warfare.
really big operations in the Pacific, so for them to get out,                                                   Back to Top


USS Frank Cable Visits Malaysia
By Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Gabrielle Blake, USS Frank Cable Public Affairs, February 3, 2011

SEPANGAR, Malaysia – The submarine tender USS                   Malaysia," said Cmdr. Bruce Deshotel, USS Frank Cable
Frank Cable (AS 40) arrived in Sepangar, Malaysia, for a        executive officer.
port visit Jan. 28.                                                 While in port, Cable will host sailors of the Royal
     "Our crew has worked very hard on this deployment,         Malaysian navy as well as citizens of Kota Kinabalu,
so they are excited to have the opportunity to visit            Malaysia. Cable Sailors will also participate in
                                                                community service projects that include building and
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repairing a house as part of the Habitat for Humanity                "We had major systems torn apart, major components
project. Basketball and soccer tournaments between Cable        removed and many spaces gutted," said Deshotel. "To see
Sailors, civilian mariners and local Malaysian teams will       that all come together is very satisfying for all of us. Now
also take place.                                                the crew can see the fruits of those labors in actually
     "These opportunities will allow the sailors from both      operating the ship away from home port. Sailing across a
countries to share their experiences, build ties and            major body of water with zero problems is a true
develop professional relationships that only sailors who        testament to their hard work and efforts."
serve on the oceans of our world can understand," said               Cable conducts maintenance and support of
USS Frank Cable Command Master Chief, Peter                     submarines and surface vessels deployed in the U.S. 7th
Kosloski.                                                       Fleet Area of Responsibility.
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long repair period and Military Sealift Command (MSC)
integration at Guam Shipyard.


USS Maryland Galley Earns 1st
Gold crew among winners of Outstanding Food Service Ney Award
From Naval Supply Systems Command Public Affairs, Kings Bay Periscope, February 2, 2011

The secretary of the Navy announced in an ALNAV                 and deserve the recognition of the most prestigious food
message Jan. 27 the 2011 winners of the Navy Capt.              service award in the Navy.
Edward F. Ney Memorial Awards for outstanding food                    ―The Ney Award is a quality of life program, as it
service.
                                                       affects the health, morale and retention of all the Navy
     ―My personal congratulations to the following              Sailors. The annual Ney food service awards foster
outstanding food service teams that represent the Navy’s        excellence in food service across the Navy enterprise,
warfare enterprises and Commander, Navy Installations           while improving the quality of life for our Navy
Command,‖ said Secretary of the Navy Ray Mabus.                 personnel. Thanks to all the 2011 Ney finalists who
      Submarine category:
First place: USS Maryland             participated in this year’s Ney program. They all did a
(Gold) (SSBN 738)
Runner-up: USS Olympia (SSN 717)              wonderful job and are to be commended.‖
                                                                      First-place winners, runners-up and honorable

Honorable mention: USS Providence (SSN 719)
                                                                mention commands will be recognized in a special
      Small afloat category:
First place: USS Doyle (FFG        ceremony during the Joint Military and International Food
39)
Runner-up: USS Vandegrift (FFG 48)                          Service Executives Association conference April 2, in
      Medium afloat category:
First place: USS Leyte            Schaumburg, Ill.
Gulf (CG 55)
Runner-up: USS Pearl Harbor (LSD                         This year marks the 53rd anniversary of this program.
52)
Honorable mention: USS Chafee (DDG 90)                            The Ney Memorial Awards program is co-sponsored
      Large afloat category:
First place: USS Blue Ridge        by the secretary of the Navy and IFSEA. IFSEA is a non-
(LCC 19) (Repeat Winner)
Runner-up: USS Wasp (LHD               profit food service association dedicated to enhancing the
1)                                                              professional image and growth of persons serving in the
                                                                food service industry.
      Aircraft carrier category:
First place: USS Nimitz
                                                                      The awards encourage excellence in Navy food
(CVN 68)
Runner up: USS Harry S. Truman (CVN 75)                service programs, with the objective of improving the
     Ney ashore general mess winners representing CNIC          quality of life for Navy personnel.
are:                                                                  Naval Supply Systems Command’s primary mission
      Continental U.S. general mess category:
First place:      is to provide U.S. naval forces with quality supplies and
Port Hueneme Galley, Naval Base Ventura County,                 services. With headquarters in Mechanicsburg, Pa., and
Calif.
Runner-up: Admiral Nimitz Dining Facility, Naval         employing a diverse, worldwide workforce of more than
Air Station Whidbey Island, Wash.                               22,500 military and civilian personnel, NAVSUP
      Overseas general mess category:
First place: Naval        oversees logistics programs in the areas of supply
Station Guantanamo Bay, Cuba 
Runner-up: Silver                 operations, conventional ordnance, contracting, resale,
Dolphin Bistro Galley, Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam,          fuel, transportation and security assistance.
Hawaii                                                                In addition, NAVSUP is responsible for quality of
     ―Congratulations and my very best wishes to the            life issues for our naval forces, including food service,
2011 Capt. Edward F. Ney Memorial Award winners,                postal services, Navy Exchanges and movement of
runner-ups and honorable mention commands,‖ said                household goods.
Roxanne Hauman, Ney Award program manager. ―They                                                                Back to Top
have worked very hard during the 2011 Ney competition
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Naval Undersea Warfare Center Keyport to Save Millions with Energy Savings
Performance Contract Project
From Naval Sea Systems Command Public Affairs, Feb 3, 2011

KEYPORT, Wash. (NNS) -- Naval Undersea Warfare                 was probably before some of the more recent goals that
Center (NUWC) Division, Keyport flipped a ceremonial           had been put out by the Navy and by the secretary of the
switch Feb. 1, marking the end of a 12-month Energy            Navy, so Keyport was forward-looking in how to reduce
Savings Performance Contract (ESPC) construction phase         cost, and probably more important for our country now, a
and the beginning of energy savings worth more than $43        security issue for our energy footprint."
million over the life of the contract.                              Wears said the secretary of the Navy has made his
     The ESPC's geothermal heat pumps, high efficiency         three major goals clear: improvement in acquisitions,
HVAC and building systems, improved energy                     unmanned systems, and energy independence, and the
management controls and other features of the                  importance of reducing the Navy's energy footprint;
conservation project will reduce energy consumption and        especially in shore infrastructures.
significantly reduce NUWC's carbon footprint.                       Wears commended Keyport who explored the ESPC
     "The long tradition of stewardship and management         strategy several years ago that allowed flexibility with no
continues today as we celebrate the end of the 12-month        up-front costs to the Navy.
construction project and the beginning of reducing our              "It's a win-win, and is good for the taxpayer," said
annual energy consumption by more than 30 percent,"            Wears.
said Capt. Stephen Iwanowicz, NUWC Keyport                          Keyport's land-based facilities and operations on
commander. "The 2.5 million kilowatt hours per year the        underwater test ranges have been recognized for
improvements will save translates into over 7,000 tons of      environmental stewardship and resource management.
CO2 during the life of this contract."                         Both NUWC Keyport and Naval Base Kitsap were
     Iwanowicz said by using the Energy Savings                honored in 2009 with the Presidential Award for
Performance Contract, no military construction funding         Leadership in Federal Energy Management as well as
was needed for the project. The Trane Corporation spent        receiving the 2009 Secretary of the Navy's Energy and
$15.9 million during the past year to install energy saving    Water Management Award.
equipment and infrastructure at Keyport.                            NUWC Keyport, a field activity of the Naval Sea
     Using dollars from its energy savings, Keyport will       Systems Command, provides the Navy's full-spectrum
repay Trane for the installation then realize full costs the   research, development, test and evaluation, engineering
full cost-savings benefit following payoff. The total value    and fleet support center for submarines, autonomous
of this energy efficiency initiative during the 18-year life   underwater systems, and offensive and defensive weapon
of the contract is $43.6 million.                              systems associated with undersea warfare (USW), and
     "From the Navy's standpoint and my standpoint,            related areas of homeland security and national defense.
Keyport has been a real leader in this effort," said Rear           For more news from Naval Sea Systems Command,
Adm. Thomas Wears, commander, NUWC. "When you                  visit www.navy.mil/local/navsea/.
look back at when the inception of this effort started, it                                                    Back to Top


Naval Sea Systems Command Recognizes Workforce Excellence
From NAVSEA Office of Corporate Communications, Feb 3, 2011

WASHINGTON (NNS) -- Naval Sea Systems Command                  were both recognized as NAVSEA Engineers of the Year
(NAVSEA) recognized seven teams and six individuals            2009. Muscato was recognized for his contributions in the
with 2009 Excellence Awards for personal contributions         development and implementation of high-nitrogen
and outstanding accomplishments during at its                  propellants in multiple configurations, explosives and
Washington, D.C., headquarters, Jan. 31.                       pyrotechnics for naval manufacturing capability
     "The highest ideals of this command are reflected         improving effectiveness of the Navy's high-caliber guns
through our meaningful service and achievements,"              and warfighter safety. Burkart was selected for his work
NAVSEA Commander Vice Adm. Kevin McCoy noted in                to incorporate remote-operated small-arms mount on the
his letters of commendation to the award recipients for        V-22 Osprey.
continuing to improve the command's products and                    Dr. Andrew Hull, Naval Undersea Warfare Center
processes. "These awards reflect the esteem in which you       (NUWC) Newport, was named NAVSEA's 2009 Scientist
are held by the community."                                    of the Year for completing two major, fully-elastic
     Award recipients were evaluated on implementing           acoustic models which provided accurate model
cost-control measures, accelerating product commonality        predictions for previously unobtainable sonar and
and focusing on customer satisfaction.                         vibration analyses; and yielded significant cost avoidance.
     RECIPIENT / AWARD / ACHIEVMENT:                                Shelley McInnis, NUWC Newport, received an
     Richard Muscato, Naval Surface Warfare Center             individual achievement award for her technical
(NSWC) Indian Head, and Joseph Burkart, NSWC Crane,            management of the Submarine Multi-Mission Team
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Trainer, the Virtual Tactical Control Laboratory, and the       normally follows this type of overhaul; the ship gained
Submarine Bridge Trainer mariner skills trainer. McInnis        100 days of operational availability.
collaborated with multiple warfare centers, industry                 PEO Submarine's Atmospheric Dive Suit (ADS)
partners, and construction crews to bring the bridge            Improvement team developed and implemented process
trainer program prototype to fruition within nine months        improvements and cost-control measures to strengthen the
in fiscal 2009 and led to an improved trainer capability for    Navy's submarine rescue intervention capabilities. The
the submarine fleet.                                            team also developed a phased approach to ADS suit
     Richard Kramer, Program Executive Office (PEO)             certification combining local at-sea testing of the suit
Ships, was recognized for efforts resulting in the              along with a full-depth pressure test. This phased
successful completion of post-repair trials and industry        approach avoided the need for a week-long, at-sea
post-delivery availabilities for USS Independence (LCS          underway period to the remote deep-water training site.
2). Kramer led his team in building an entire post-delivery     Additionally, the ADS program standardized and
program including budgets, contracting vehicles,                improved hull-defect criteria and repair methods with the
processes and facilities required to support the ship.          implementation of a phased certification test plan
     Brian Seay, NSWC Dahlgren Aegis program                    resulting in a savings of more than $420,000 and future
director, received recognition for technical direction and      cost avoidance of $70,000 per year.
leadership to multiple warfare centers and PEO Integrated            PEO Submarine's Technical Insertion Photonics Mast
Warfare Systems. His technical knowledge of the Aegis           (TIPM) Improvement team designed, developed and
combat and weapons systems allowed him to identify              installed the first TIPM system on board USS Hawaii
upgrades for currently deployed systems while helping to        (SSN 776) for a foreign comparison test. This entailed
define the next generation of Aegis.                            taking a foreign imaging system, making it compatible
     The Close-in Weapon System (CWIS) team                     with, and installing it on a Virginia-class submarine for
developed and implemented a plan and set of procedures          comparison with existing photonics system. The team's
utilizing existing materials, tools, and fixtures allowing      effort led to the early installation of the TIPM system on
the team to perform specific on-site depot-level repairs on     the submarine in two phases at the Pearl Harbor Naval
the Mk 15 CWIS onboard five ships with minimum                  Base.
impact to those ships' schedules. Performing onboard                 NSWC Indian Head's Home-Made Explosive
depot-level repairs saves the Navy approximately $1.2           Detection Kit Development Team, in less than four
million in removal, transportation, depot repair,               months, developed an inexpensive kit that can detect
reinstallation, alignment and test costs. In addition to cost   ingredients used in home-made explosives. Each unit
savings, the significant reduction in downtime of the           costs $85 and weighs only six ounces – including the
mounts translates increased readiness.                          pouch designed to safely hold the components.
     Portsmouth Naval Shipyard's Dual Media Discharge                PEO Ships' and NSWC Dahlgren's USS Freedom's
team performed two dual media discharge executions              (LCS 1) Early Deployment Team coordinated funding,
conducted during non-chief of naval operations'                 arranged logistics support, achieved system certifications
availabilities within cost estimates. The end result yielded    and technical requirements that allowed the first littoral
a shipyard savings of over 1,000 mission man-days and           combat ship to deliver to fleet commanders more than two
improves fleet readiness by reducing the time a submarine       years ahead of schedule. The team's achievement
is removed from service for scheduled maintenance.              represents the first time the Navy has deployed a surface
     Puget Sound Naval Shipyard and Intermediate                combatant lead ship less than five years after contract
Maintenance Facility's USS Nevada (SSBN 733) project            award.
team worked with Deputy Commander, Undersea                          For more news from Naval Sea Systems Command,
Warfare's workforce to create a benchmark engineered            visit www.navy.mil/local/navsea/.
refueling overhaul project from start to finish. By                                                             Back to Top
incorporating the normal modernization period that


Unmanned Subs Making Waves In Undersea Warfare
By Seth Robson, Stars and Stripes, Feb 3, 2011

GRAFENWÖHR, Germany — Unmanned aircraft have                    Michel Rixen, a scientist at the NATO Undersea Research
been playing a major role in the wars in Iraq and               Center in Italy.
Afghanistan for years. Now, the U.S. military is                     ―They are very similar vehicles although the
beginning to field unmanned submarines.                         dynamics are changed a little,‖ Rixen said. ―What is
     In a move that could dramatically cut the cost of          peculiar to the AUVs are buoyancy controls.‖
undersea warfare, NATO is testing three Autonomous                   The battery-powered gliders, which are about 6 feet
Undersea Vehicles, or AUVs, in the Mediterranean Sea            long and weigh up to 130 pounds, can be launched from
this month as part of the alliance’s largest annual anti-       shore or from a small rubber boat. They move through the
submarine warfare exercise.                                     sea at less than 2 mph, using a pump that inflates and
     The AUVs, dubbed ―gliders,‖ have much in common            deflates an internal bladder to change the vehicle’s
with their flying cousins, including wings, according to
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buoyancy in the same way a scuba diver might inflate a              The three gliders — which were manufactured by
buoyancy jacket, he said.                                      Teledyne Web of Falmouth, Mass. — participating in the
     ―The changes in buoyancy require much less energy         exercise have been at sea collecting data since Jan. 24.
than a propeller,‖ he said, allowing the vehicle to stay            As Proud Manta kicks off in earnest on Friday with
underwater longer than a propeller-driven AUV.                 six submarines, 19 aircraft and eight surface ships from
     In 2009, a glider of the same type being used in this     10 nations participating, the gliders moved outside the
month’s Proud Manta 11 NATO exercise completed a               exercise area east of Sicily, Rixen said.
trans-Atlantic crossing that lasted 221 days.                       ―We want to be careful in this first contribution,‖ he
     The gliders will be at sea for three weeks during the     said. ―We don’t want to have a glider hitting a submarine
exercise, traveling up to 300 miles collecting data on         or vice versa.‖
water salinity and temperature and relaying it to scientists        The U.S. Navy has conducted similar exercises with
on shore, Rixen said. The data is important because it         gliders, said Tom Curtin, the research center’s chief
allows sonar operators to calculate the speed of sound         scientist.
through the water – something that helps them detect                In fact, the Navy is gradually acquiring more than
enemy submarines, he said.                                     100 gliders and fielding them to operational units through
     In the past, such data was collected by manned            the Naval Oceanographic Office, he said.
submarines or surface ships.                                        Eventually AUVs are likely to be fielded with the
     ―We are demonstrating that military oceanography          same capabilities as large submarines, Rixen said.
can be conducted from the office, piloting the gliders         Weapons could also be added to the AUVs, something
remotely instead of sending a big submarine (in the case       that has already happened with unmanned aircraft, he
of covert operations) to do a couple of temperature and        said.
salinity profiles in the ocean,‖ he said.                           ―These are some of the aspects that we are
     The cost of sending a research ship to collect such       considering,‖ he said. But he warned: ―If these toys end
data runs at $25,000 a day or more, said engineer Richard      up in bad hands that could play against us. Someone
Stoner of the research center.                                 could potentially put [weapons] on them. That is
                                                               something we need to be careful about.‖
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Navy Planning To Invest $16 Million In Portsmouth Naval Shipyard
Foster’s Daily Democrat, 3 February 2011

KITTERY, Maine and PORTSMOUTH, New Hampshire                   workers have proven, time and again, their ability to
— The United States Department of the Navy plans to            operate at the highest levels of quality and performance."
invest $16 million in construction and modernization                "I am delighted that the Administration has agreed to
work on Dry Dock No. 1 at the Portsmouth Naval                 my request for funding modernization efforts at
Shipyard in Kittery.                                           Portsmouth Naval Shipyard. This funding is essential to
     The dry dock is one of three used for submarine           maintaining a dependable, reliable facility for the yard's
engineering overhauls at Portsmouth Naval Shipyard.            talented and dedicated workforce to repair submarines,"
     In a November 2010 letter to Jacob Lew, the director      said Senator Collins, who is a member of the Senate
of the President's Office of Management and Budget,            Appropriations and Armed Services Committees. "I
Senators Olympia Snowe and Susan Collins, of Maine,            appreciate OMB Director Lew's response to our letter,
along with Senator Jeanne Shaheen, of New Hampshire,           which indicates that the Administration is committed to
expressed concern that Kittery-Portsmouth Naval                maintaining our country's seapower and modernizing our
Shipyard has had to rely on congressionally-directed           country's four public shipyards, including Portsmouth
funds without which, they wrote, they would have serious       Naval Shipyard, while at the same time being judicious in
concerns "about the ability of the Navy's facilities to        the use of taxpayer dollars."
support efficient shipyard operations and to protect the            The Government Accountability Office (GAO)
safety, health and quality of life of the thousands of         recently issued a report that found that the Navy's
employees who work there every day."                           modernization requirements at shipyards were
     The shipyard employs many residents of Sanford as         understated, according to the press release. The report
well as those from neighboring communities.                    found that the backlog of facility improvements at
     Senators Collins and Snowe announced the                  Portsmouth Naval Shipyard is $513 million.
investment plans in a press release.                                In his response to Senators Snowe and Collins, OMB
     "The Navy's plan to invest $16 million in Dry Dock        Director Lew also wrote that "the recent commencement
No. 1 at Kittery-Portsmouth Naval Shipyard is certainly        of overhaul work on the USS Virginia (SSN-774), the
tremendous and welcome news," Senator Snowe said. "It          lead ship of her class, at Portsmouth demonstrates the
could not be more critical for the yard to receive the         Administration's strong commitment to the future of the
resources necessary to upgrade the unique facilities that      shipyard and to the community." welcome news," Senator
maintain our nation's submarine fleet. This project is vital   Snowe said. "It could not be more critical for the yard to
to continued, high-quality service at a base whose             receive the resources necessary to upgrade the unique
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facilities that maintain our nation's submarine fleet. This        Naval Shipyard, while at the same time being judicious in
project is vital to continued, high-quality service at a base      the use of taxpayer dollars."
whose workers have proven, time and again, their ability                The Government Accountability Office (GAO)
to operate at the highest levels of quality and                    recently issued a report that found that the Navy's
performance."                                                      modernization requirements at shipyards were
     "I am delighted that the Administration has agreed to         understated, according to the press release. The report
my request for funding modernization efforts at                    found that the backlog of facility improvements at
Portsmouth Naval Shipyard. This funding is essential to            Portsmouth Naval Shipyard is $513 million.
maintaining a dependable, reliable facility for the yard's              In his response to Senators Snowe and Collins, OMB
talented and dedicated workforce to repair submarines,"            Director Lew also wrote that "the recent commencement
said Senator Collins, who is a member of the Senate                of overhaul work on the USS Virginia (SSN-774), the
Appropriations and Armed Services Committees. "I                   lead ship of her class, at Portsmouth demonstrates the
appreciate OMB Director Lew's response to our letter,              Administration's strong commitment to the future of the
which indicates that the Administration is committed to            shipyard and to the community."
maintaining our country's seapower and modernizing our                                                            Back to Top
country's four public shipyards, including Portsmouth




Announcements

2011 Dolphin Scholarship Application
NOW AVAILABLE ONLINE
Dolphin Scholarship Foundation is now accepting online applications from children/stepchildren of members or former
members of the U.S. Navy Submarine Force. High school seniors and college undergraduates may apply. Application
deadline is March 15, 2011.
    Established in 1960 by submarine wives, the first scholarship of $350.00 was awarded in June 1961. Today, the Dolphin
Scholarship Foundation provides a total of $431,800 in scholarship assistance to 127 students at colleges and universities.
Students must attend full-time and must be working toward a Bachelor’s degree at a four-year undergraduate institution.
    Complete eligibility requirements and more information about Dolphin Scholarship Foundation can be found at its
website, www.dolphinscholarship.org.
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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.
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Submarine Force Library And Museum (SFLM) Docents Needed
The SFLM has a docent program coordinated by the U.S.              institution. They are normally volunteers and act as
SUBMARINE VETERANS Inc. Groton Base that is                        guides and greeters at museums, etc.
looking for volunteers to be docents.                                     Are you Qualified to Be a Docent? There are no real
      Docents are individuals, trained to further the              qualifications to be a Docent. You do not have to be a
public understanding of the historical collections of an           member of SUBVETS, or even a Submariner to be a
                                                                   Docent. The only requirements needed are the time, the
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desire to want to volunteer your time talking about the              Docent Watches are only for 4 hours and you can
Submarine Force, and a friendly outgoing personality.          stand as few as one watch or as many watches as you like
      It is a great way to share your submarine                per month.
experience, or just talk about the Submarine Force and               To find out more information, or if you are
pass on Submarine Force Heritage with an eager,                interested in being a Docent please contact the SFLM
interested audience at the SFLM and the HISTORIC               Docent Coordinator, Gary Schmid at (860) 823 - 9806 or
SHIP NAUTILUS.                                                 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          our website www.hmsdreadnought.co.uk or by phoning
May 2011.                                                      Peter Ford On 01268693531 or Bruce Allan on
All ex serving members of the boat including their             01206322313. Dreadnought was based on USS Skipjack
Families and friends are invited to join us for this           SSN585 and anyone who is in the UK at the time is
weekend Being held at the Bosworth Hotel and spa. The          welcome to attend.
Hotel is set in imposing grounds in the middle of the                                                    Back To Top
countryside Near Coventry. Full details can be found on


Submarine Group 2 Hosts Black Heritage Month Gospel Concert
GROTON, Conn. - The Commander of Submarine Group               M. Brickhouse Sr., office 860-694-4292/3341, cell 201-
2 and the Black Heritage Committee seek choirs to help         463-3867 and Eric Rattler, office 860-694-4451/3341.
―make a joyful noise‖ and celebrate Black Heritage                  We have come to understand that from inception to
Month through music during a Black Heritage Month              present day, music has been a part of the trials and
Gospel Music Concert on Feb. 19, 6:30pm at the                 triumphs in African-American heritage. Moreover, the
Shepherd of the Sea Chapel, 231 Gungywamp Rd.                  church and Gospel music have been the backbone for
     Currently, the committee is seeking choirs to             much of African-Americans culture. Therefore, we want
participate. If you are interested, please RSVP not later      to recognize and celebrate the many contributions of
than Jan. 21 with your church and choir name and/or            African-Americans to the country and the world by lifting
soloist representative. Also include your musical needs.       our voices in unity through song and fellowship.
All choirs are asked to render two selections; all soloists         Thank you for helping us celebrate an important part
one selection. Points of contact for this event are Joseph     of our national heritage.
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Groton Prepares to Celebrate the Submarine Force’s 111th Birthday
From Submarine Group 2 Public Affairs, Jan 11, 2011

GROTON, Conn. - Dust off your dancing shoes! The               than 2,000 people to attend, which would make it the
111th Submarine Birthday Ball will be held at the MGM          largest birthday ball within the submarine force. Uniform
Grand Premier Ballroom at Foxwoods on Apr. 16.                 for the evening is service dress blues or better. Covers are
     Tickets are $45 per person and will be on sale            not required. In addition, commands are encouraged to
beginning next month. This year's theme is "Celebrating        participate in the traditional centerpiece contest.
20 years of Cold War Victory," and the guest speaker will           Military personnel should contact their command's
be retired Vice Adm. Albert "Big Al" Konetzni.                 birthday ball representative to purchase tickets. Others
     For the third straight year, the ball will combine        interested should contact Master Chief Electronics
enlisted with officers, offering an excellent and fulfilling   Technician Jon Smedley at 860-694-3980.
opportunity to socialize outside of work with peers.                                                          Back To Top
Bringing enlisted and officers together could attract more
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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 LeRoy A. Vick, 503 367 6087 or lavick1@yahoo.com

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 February 20th, 2011 at 1400
Location: World War II Club, 50 Conz St. 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.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>

Capitol Chapter, Silent Service Motorcycle Club (SSMC)
Date: Third Sunday of each month
Location: Varies throughout the Northern Virginia/Western Maryland/Washington, D.C. metropolitan area; see web site for
meeting information (http://www.ssmc-capitol.org)
For more info: Contact Mike Murphy, Chapter President (President@ssmc-capitol.org); Rob Smallbrock, Vice-President
(Vicepresident@ssmc-capitol.org); or Alan Brodie, Secretary (Secretary@ssmc-capitol.org)
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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: February 10th
Location: Fleet Reserve Association on 99 Wisteria Drive in Goose Creek, SC
For more info: Contact Ed Stank at stanke@bellsouth.net

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

Mare Island Base
Date: 3rd Saturday of the month at 12:00 pm
Location: Vallejo Veterans Building, 420 Admiral Callaghan Lane, Vallejo, CA 94591
For more info: Contact Base Commander Steve Paganelli at 650-766-2156 or Base Secretary Bill Dornik at 707-644-4746.

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
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Northern Virginia Base (January 2011 Update)
Date: Saturday, 1100 – 1200 American Legion Post 162, 8210 Legion Drive, Lorton VA 22079
Event: Monthly meeting and induction of new officers for 2011. Mr. Joel Wit will be attending and he is the author of an
upcoming book, currently ―The Greatest War Never Fought: What Really Happened on the Frontlines of the US-Soviet
Nuclear Confrontation. The Cold War was an undeclared war, fought silently, carefully and sometimes recklessly between
ideological opponents armed with the most fearsome weapons mankind has ever seen. For those who served, it will be an
opportunity to listen to what is planned and provide our experiences during this time in history.
Location: American Legion Post 162, 8210 Legion Drive, Lorton VA 22079
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.

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

Snug Harbor Base
Date: 1st Saturday of each month at 1300.
Location: Schecter Community Center, 1089 S Patrick Dr, Satellite Beach FL 32937
For more info: George Blodgett 321-986-9629

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
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Swamp Fox Chapter
Date: February 17
Location: Ryans on Main Street in Summerville SC
For more info: contact MMCM(SS) Edward Stank, USN RET at (843) 569-6012 or stanke@bellsouth.net

Trieste Base
Date: 3rd Sunday of each Month at 3:00 pm
Location: Mama Collettis restaurant, CA-79 N/Winchester Rd, Murrieta, Ca

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
Tucson Base will not have meetings in November and December 2010 due to the holidays.
 We will reconvene starting January 15, 2011 at 1500, and there after on the third Saturday of each month through 2011.
Time vary with the restaurant hours. Your contact person is Gary Bartlett Commander Tucson Base USSVI.
garybartlett@sprintmail.com 520-722-0503

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

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 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 Burrfish/HMCS Grilse Celebration
Date: Friday April 29th to Sunday May 1st, 2011
Location: Victoria, British Columbia
For more info: For program details, registration form as well as hotel and tourist information see www.saocwest.com and
click on the Grilse 50th link or contact Paul Hansen wpaulhansen@shaw.ca or 250-294-1024.
In May 1961 the USS Burrfish SS/SSR312 was transferred to the Royal Canadian Navy and commissioned HMCS Grilse
SS71, which formally re-established a submarine service in Canada. The Submariners Association of Canada West is hosting
a commemorative weekend for the 50th anniversary of that occasion.

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

USS Scamp SSN-588 (1961-88)
Dates: May 2-5, 2011
Location: Fredericksburg Inn & Suites, Fredericksburg, TX (same as in 2005)
For more info: Contact Lou Minor, 2233 E Boones Trail, Sierra Vista, AZ 85650, 520-732-1750, lou@uss-scamp.com; url:
www.uss-scamp.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

USS Sea Devil (SS 400 & SSN 664)
Dates: May 12 - 15, 2011
Location: Mystic Hilton, Mystic, CT
Contact: Frank "Homer" Waters; email: frankwaters@sbcglobal.net; 860-886-6444;www.seadevilssn664.org

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 Tullibee SSN-597 Association Reunion
Date: June 9-12, 2011
Location: Branson, Missouri
For more info, contact: Bill Keel, 815-715-9966 or bill_597@yahoo.com

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
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USS Raton SS/SSR/AGSS-270
Dates: 7-11 Sep 2011
Location: Branson, MO
For more info: contact: MMCS(SS) Ret Larry Kramer 1-360-697-2842

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 Archerfish (SSN 678)
Dates: 6, 7, 8 Oct 2011
Location: Groton CT
For more info: Contact: John "Gumba" Carcioppolo; 27 Washington Drive; Gales Ferry CT 06335; Tel: (860) 514 - 7064;
Email: Commander@subvetsgroton.org

USS Henry L. Stimson (SSBN 655)
Dates: October 13-16, 2011
Location: Sheraton Charleston Airport Hotel, Charleston SC
For more info: Contact Reunion Coordinator: Nick Nichols, 102 Greenhurst Ave, Summerville, SC; 843.452.3189;
jenichols@netzero.net; www.ssbn655.org
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