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Thursday, August 26, 2010 The Daily Internal Information Source for the U.S. Navy Submarine Force To subscribe to Undersea Enterprise News Daily CLICK HERE CLICK HERE to become a fan of Commander, Submarine Force Atlantic on Facebook. This Day in History: 1945 Aug 26, Japanese diplomats boarded the Missouri to receive instructions on Japan's surrender at the end of WW II. New Leader For Sub Force By Jennifer McDermott, The Day, 26 August 2010 SECDEF Announces Flag Officer Appointment Navy News, 25 August 2010 USS Hawaii Departs for Western Pacific Deployment By Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Ronald Gutridge, Commander, Submarine Force, U.S. Pacific Fleet Public Affairs, Aug 26, 2010 USS Wyoming Sailors Roll On Down The Road Blue Crew goes on 42-mile bicycle ride By MTSN Grant Dauzat Commander, Submarine Group 10 Public Affairs, August 26, 2010 Barb Officer Visits Capt. Max Duncan patrolled with Fluckey in WW II By MC1 Erica R. Gardner, Commander, Submarine Group 10 Public Affairs, Aug 26, 2010 Commander, Submarine Squadron 20 Change of Command Aug. 17, 2010 By MC1 Erica R. Gardner, Commander, Submarine Group 10 Public Affairs UW Grad Among First Women To Serve Aboard U.S. Navy Sub By Bellamy Pailthorp, OPB News, 26 August 2010 Continuous Active Sonar Strategy Page, 26 August 2010 Submarines Could Use New Nanotube Technology for Sonar and Stealth Technology Daily, 25 August 2010 Other Submarine News Around The World Peruvian Submarine BAP ANGAMOS (SS-31) Completes 2010 DESI Deployment Chilean Submarine CS THOMSON (SS-20) Commences 2010 DESI Deployment China Plants Flag In South Sea Amid Disputes Reuters, 26 August 2010 Competing With China By Daniel Goure, Ph.D., Defence Professional, 25 August 2010 Successful Testing of ”Yuri Dolgorukii” Barents Observer, 24 August 2010 Thursday, August 26, 2010 New Leader For Sub Force By Jennifer McDermott, The Day, 26 August 2010 President Barack Obama has nominated Navy Rear Adm. during a July visit to Groton that he planned to retire in John M. Richardson to be the next commander of the the fall, with 35 years of commissioned service. Submarine Force. In the meantime, Donnelly said, he would continue to Richardson also would be promoted to vice admiral. "make the Submarine Force better" by overseeing current He is currently the director for Naval Forces Europe- initiatives such as smoking cessation on submarines and Africa, Operations and Intelligence, and deputy integrating women onto submarine crews. He said he had commander for the Sixth Fleet. done his part for the Submarine Force and he would turn Vice Adm. John J. Donnelly, a Groton native, is the it over to his relief "in the best possible shape." current commander of the Submarine Force. He said Richardson needs to be confirmed by the Senate. Back to Top SECDEF Announces Flag Officer Appointment Navy News, 25 August 2010 WASHINGTON -- Secretary of Defense Robert M. Gates Richardson is currently serving as director, plans and announced Aug. 25 that the president has made the operations, U.S. Naval Forces Europe-6th Fleet/deputy following nomination: commander, 6th Fleet/commander submarines, Allied Rear Adm. John M. Richardson for appointment to Naval Forces South/commander, Submarine Group 8, the rank of vice admiral and assignment as commander, Naples, Italy. Submarine Force, U.S. Atlantic Fleet/commander, Back to Top Submarine Force, Atlantic/commander, Allied Submarine Command, Norfolk. USS Hawaii Departs for Western Pacific Deployment By Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Ronald Gutridge, Commander, Submarine Force, U.S. Pacific Fleet Public Affairs, Aug 26, 2010 PEARL HARBOR, (NNS) -- The Virginia-class fast Measuring 377 feet long and weighing 7,800 tons attack submarine USS Hawaii (SSN 776) departed Joint when submerged, Hawaii is one of the Navy's newest and Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam for a scheduled deployment to most technologically sophisticated submarines. the Western Pacific region Aug. 25. With a crew of 136, this is Hawaii's first Western Pacific deployment and the first time deploying from Pearl Harbor. Hawaii will be conducting a multitude of missions while assigned to 7th Fleet during the next several months. "It has been a very busy year for the team as they have made the homeport shift from Groton, Conn., to Pearl Harbor in July 2009 and have progressed through the deployment certification process during most of 2010," said Cmdr. Steve Mack, USS Hawaii commanding officer and a native of Silverspring, Md. "For a large part of the crew this will be their first deployment and for many it will also be the first time to the Western Pacific. Our goals are to complete all assigned tasking safely and JOINT BASE PEARL HARBOR-HICKAM, Hawaii - (Aug. return to our friends and family." 25, 2010) - The Virginia-class fast attack submarine USS For Sonar Technician Submarine 3rd Class Marquis Hawaii (SSN 776) departs Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam for a scheduled deployment to the Western Pacific region Perry, from Kansas City, Mo., this will be his first Wednesday, Aug. 25. This is Hawaii’s first Western Pacific deployment. deployment and the first time deploying from Pearl Harbor. "I am very excited and motivated to get underway on (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd deployment where I will finally get the opportunity to Class (SW/AW/SCW) Ronald Gutridge / Released.) utilize my training," said Perry. "I am also looking The state-of-the-art submarine is capable of forward to all of the world travel and experiencing the supporting a multitude of missions, including anti- different cultures of the places we will visit." submarine warfare, anti-surface ship warfare, strike, naval Thursday, August 26, 2010 special warfare involving special operations forces, For more news from Commander, Submarine Force, intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance, irregular U.S. Pacific Fleet, visit www.navy.mil/local/subpac/. warfare and mine warfare. Back to Top USS Wyoming Sailors Roll On Down The Road Blue Crew goes on 42-mile bicycle ride By MTSN Grant Dauzat Commander, Submarine Group 10 Public Affairs, August 26, 2010 USS Wyoming SSBN 742 (Blue) Sailors participated in a The cyclists’ route began at the Pre-Deployment 42-mile bike ride aboard Naval Submarine Base Kings Training Building and took them past Strategic Weapons Bay, earlier this month. Facility Atlantic and the Trident Lakes Golf Course, with Approximately 20 Wyoming Sailors took part in the a brief stopping point located in base housing for rest and noncompetitive event. rehydration. Cmdr. William McKinney, USS Wyoming (Blue) The ride consisted of three laps. The first lap was at commanding officer, organized and took part in the event. the pace of the slowest rider, the second lap at a moderate He said is was a great opportunity to get the crew together pace, and the final lap at the pace of the fastest group. for some group fitness. Future plans for Wyoming (Blue) Sailors include an “Everyone had a lot of fun, and several less serious open field ride with all proceeds going toward a charity. bikers found out that riding in a group is a lot more fun Back to Top than riding alone,” McKinney said. Barb Officer Visits Capt. Max Duncan patrolled with Fluckey in WW II By MC1 Erica R. Gardner, Commander, Submarine Group 10 Public Affairs, Aug 26, 2010 A World War II Navy veteran who served on board USS late admiral donated his uniform and other personal items Barb (SS 220) visited Naval Submarine Base Kings Bay and artifacts for display in the building. and toured the Ohio-class ballistic missile submarine USS Duncan was instrumental in having the uniform and Alaska (SSBN 32), Aug. 20. painted portrait of Fluckey displayed in Fluckey Hall after Retired Capt. Max C. Duncan was greeted by a newer his death in 2007. generation of submariners, but many things were still Rear Adm. Barry Bruner, commanding officer, familiar. COMSUBGRU 10, met with Duncan and his family to “A lot of things are still the same as they were when I thank them for visiting the base and providing a history served,” said Duncan, who served as the torpedo and lesson of what it was like to serve in the Navy with gunnery officer for four of five patrols that Rear Adm. Fluckey. Eugene B. Fluckey commanded. “The spaces were tight, but so was the crew.” Duncan saw Alaska with his wife, Trilby, daughter, Tibby Duncan Llewellyn, and son-in-law, Jonathan Frame Llewellyn, who was in the nuclear propulsion officer candidate program. The family was astonished at the modern amenities on board the boat, noticing how things had changed since Duncan served in the Navy. “I can remember when I was on board the Barb,” said Duncan. “We had our tasks to complete, and we were doing them, but we did not have the air conditioning that is on the boats now.” After one war patrol as the prospective commanding officer of Barb, Fluckey assumed the command of the Rear Adm. Barry Bruner, Submarine Group 10 submarine April 27, 1944, during the boat’s seventh tour. commander, and retired Navy Capt. Max Duncan, a World War II veteran who served with Rear Adm. Eugene Fluckey established himself as one of the greatest Fluckey, discus the challenges of current and previous submarine skippers, credited with the most tonnage sunk submarine commands on the quarterdeck of Fluckey Hall. by a U.S. skipper during World War II, in all 17 ships Duncan was instrumental in the procurement of Fluckey’s including a carrier, cruiser and frigate. uniform portrait, and other naval artifacts for the The headquarters building for Commander, quarterdeck display case. Navy photo by MC1 Erica Submarine Group 10 is housed in Fluckey Hall, named Gardner for Fluckey. In support of Fluckey Hall, the family of the Thursday, August 26, 2010 “Thank you for taking time out of your schedule to “His wife would love to see this display,” Duncan’s visit with us,” Bruner said. “We appreciate having these wife said. “She would be very happy.” artifacts to share with everyone that enters the building.” Back to Top Bruner, Duncan and his family reviewed the display case located on the quarterdeck, looking at the items and reminiscing about the old days. Commander, Submarine Squadron 20 Change of Command Aug. 17, 2010 By MC1 Erica R. Gardner, Commander, Submarine Group 10 Public Affairs Friends, family, co-workers and former shipmates hard work, training hard and asking the hard questions so gathered to witness the change of command for that we will be ready for anything." Submarine Squadron 20 at Naval Submarine Base Kings Holloway thanked his family and friends for their Aug. 17. support of his career, helping him achieve the goals that Capt. Kevin R. Brenton was relieved by Capt. Eric C. brought him to Kings Bay. Holloway. "You can measure the past performance of a commander to determine the future", said guest speaker Rear Adm. Barry L. Bruner, Submarine Group 10 commander. "Both of these commanders have phenomenal leadership qualities that speak for their style." Bruner pinned the Legion of Merit Gold on Brenton, while the award citation was read. "I am very proud of this day," Brenton said. "I have my mother, who has shown love and instilled high standards in us and my brother, whom I can call my wingman and shipmate." Brenton thanked his wife, Becky, and son, Cutter. He read his orders, and said he would miss the officers and crews of vessels he commanded. Rear Adm. Barry Bruner addresses the crowd. Navy "I salute the entire Submarine Squadron 20 staff for photos by MCC Ty Swartz all you have done," Brenton said. "I believe if we work hard, develop our crews and Holloway took command of Submarine Squadron 20, take care of our family, we can make it happen," which is responsible for administrative support for the Holloway said. East Coast-based Ohio-class strategic ballistic nuclear Brenton will be the deputy director of Strategic submarines and the strategic deterrence missions those Systems Programs in Washington, D.C. SSBNs undertake. Back to Top "Nothing in the leadership will change," said Holloway, a native of Powder Springs, Ga. "I believe in UW Grad Among First Women To Serve Aboard U.S. Navy Sub By Bellamy Pailthorp, OPB News, 26 August 2010 Thursday marks the 90th anniversary of women winning Now, females are only barred from two branches of the right to vote. It's perhaps the most meaningful of all the Marine Corps: the Navy SEALS and the Riverine milestones in the drive for equal rights. Still, one area forces, both of which engage in direct combat. where gender continues to impose real limits on women is A graduate of the University of Washington is one of in the military. But, that appears to be changing. the pioneering young officers who will be the first to Earlier this year, Congress amended federal law and spend several months submerged with a mixed crew in a began allowing female officers to serve aboard submarine. submarines. 19 trainees were selected and could Amber Pfeifer: "Since I can remember, I wanted to eventually become commanders at sea. KPLU's Bellamy be in the military. And I was going to do it one way or Pailthorp has this profile of one of those trainees. another." For women in the Navy, serving on submarines is 22-year-old Amber Pfeifer says her ambition to serve almost the final frontier. in the military started early. She grew up in Colorado, but spent most summers in Port Angeles, which she calls Thursday, August 26, 2010 home. When she was 15, one of her uncles took her to a many people and there's just the same amount of work. firing range in the woods. So, I really liked that fact, that everybody was really Amber Pfeifer: "I remember crying the first time I highly trained and really focused on their job and capable, shot a gun, but then immediately asking to do it again, competent people." because I knew it was something I wanted to know how Still, she says it took her about a month of hard to do – and do well." contemplation to decide if this was really right for her. Pfeifer is a force to be reckoned with. She earned She turned to her favorite grandfather for advice. straight As in high school and played varsity soccer. With Amber Pfeifer: "I said, 'I don't know if I want to do long blond hair, wholesome good looks and a quick smile, it.' And my grandpa looks and me and he goes, 'do you she seems like the kind of young person who could do trust anybody else to do it?' And I said, 'well… no. I want anything she wants. to do it. I want to make sure that it's done right.'" She says the decision to serve in the military came to She says she's not concerned about something that her, like a calling. Both of her grandpas were Air Force makes many Navy wives nervous: close quarters and veterans and her dad had served in the Navy. narrow passageways. Amber Pfeifer: "We're a very patriotic family and I The Navy says there will be some refresher training think, I just came to the realization that I'm able to do all on sexual harassment for crews receiving women for the of these wonderful things. But I feel like I need to give first time. But it's not something they haven't dealt with something back." before. She'll do so aboard a submarine. Stephanie Miller directs the Navy's Office of In April, Congress approved a long-awaited plan Women's Policy. lifting the ban on women serving underwater. The Navy Stephanie Miller: "We have women who are on ships found a way of accommodating female officers on the that are even smaller. We have women on frigates, on largest subs without expensive renovations. One state coastal patrol craft, on mine hunters and mine sweepers. room each on four boats will be reserved for women. The So these issues certainly do come up." bathrooms will be shared with a simple flip sign. But, Miller says, as in any professional setting, Commander Mark Henderson, the executive officer sailors learn to deal with it. of Pfeifer's ROTC program, says it's high time. Stephanie Miller: "There's just a kind of an etiquette, Mark Henderson: "I think it's good that the submarine if you will, of passing through small corridors and just as service is finally going to benefit from the diversity that with any office environment, you learn to kind of give the other half of the population can bring to the fight." somebody a heads up in terms of making your way Submariners are a unique breed. Much like through those confined spaces." astronauts, they're often cut off from outside help. The Ensign Pfeifer says she's already experienced that technical training is rigorous. They have to know how to kind of thing on board the 44-foot sailboats where she's operate and maintain nuclear power sources. And they trained for the ROTC. She says her biggest challenge have to be okay with not seeing land or sunshine for ahead will be training in nuclear propulsion and weeks or even months on end, more than 800 feet under submarine technology. the sea. Amber Pfeifer: "Diving into the math and the Pfeifer says the idea took some getting used to. chemistry and all that will be a challenge for me. But I Amber Pfeifer: "I've honestly heard that most of the also think it's going to be extremely rewarding when I crew might not know where they are at any point in time, make it through. And when I get my orders for my first because it's not a 'need to know' thing." boat I know I'm going to be – beside myself." But interestingly – the close quarters of such an That assignment could bring her back to the assignment appealed to her. With only about 150 sailors Northwest. on board, submarines foster a close knit community that The first submarines with women on board will be requires high standards. She says a tour she took of one stationed in King's Bay Georgia and here at Bangor near early on in her training left a lasting impression. Bremerton. Amber Pfeifer: "You have to know what you're They'll set sail in 2012. doing. There's not anybody else to take up the slack if you Back to Top don’t know how to do your job well. There's not that Continuous Active Sonar Strategy Page, 26 August 2010 A major problem with ASW (Anti-submarine warfare) is CIA or military intel operations, to alert them that a that your submarine detection software equipment is submarine threat might exist in their area. turned off most of the time, and when it is used it requires For nearly a decade now, research has been underway a lot of trained operators and lawyers (to deal with the on a solution in the form of Continuous Active Sonar growing number of lawsuits filed by NGOs seeking to (CAS). This is a low level sonar signal that operates like protect sea animals from noise pollution). Ships depend radar, providing a continuous flow of data on what might on intelligence, usually from large organizations like the be down there. Current sonars send out a more powerful signal, but at a low rate (one or more a minute). This Thursday, August 26, 2010 annoys underwater creatures, and lawyers representing some promising tests at sea. If CAS could be perfected the critters make it difficult for the navy to even train with and deployed, it would give ships round the clock this equipment. CAS is based on the growing warning of approaching submarines. With a mature CAS effectiveness of passive sonar (that just listens, and uses technology, it would also be able to detect approaching an electronic library of sounds to identify enemy ships). torpedoes, and deploy underwater decoys. Eventually, CAS makes it possible to identify increasingly quiet when someone gets CAS to work reliably for sailors to submarines, that depend on their stealth to get close use regularly. enough to fire a torpedo. Back to Top The problem with CAS is that it's been a tricky technology to perfect, although recently there have been Submarines Could Use New Nanotube Technology for Sonar and Stealth Technology Daily, 25 August 2010 Ali Aliev and colleagues explain that thin films of Aliev's group took that step, showing that nanotube nanotubes can generate sound waves via a thermoacoustic sheets produce the kind of low-frequency sound waves effect. Every time that an electrical pulse passes through that enable sonar to determine the location, depth, and the microscopic layer of carbon tubes, the air around them speed of underwater objects. They also verified that the heats up and creates a sound wave. Chinese scientists first speakers can be tuned to specific frequencies to cancel out discovered that effect in 2008, and applied it in building noise, such as the sound of a submarine moving through flexible speakers. the depths. In a remarkable demonstration, which made its way Source: The above story is reprinted (with editorial onto YouTube, the Chinese nanoscientists stuck a sheet of adaptations by ScienceDaily staff) from materials nanotubes onto the side of a flag, and attached it to an provided by American Chemical Society, via EurekAlert!, mp3 player. They used the nanotube-coated flag to play a a service of AAAS. song while it flapped in the breeze. But they did not test Back to Top its ability to operate under water. Other Submarine News Around the World Peruvian Submarine BAP ANGAMOS (SS-31) Completes 2010 DESI Deployment (Naval Station Mayport, FL) - VADM Daniel P. Holloway, Commander U.S. Second Fleet, visited with CDR Luis Del Carpio and the Officers and crew of the Peruvian submarine ANGAMOS as he bid farewell and thanked them for a job well done. ANGAMOS deployed stateside for a total of 88 days and she participated in fleet major exercises in support of the USS KEARSRAGE Amphibious Ready Group and USS ENTERPRISE Carrier Strike Group. Peru has deployed 9 consecutive years under the U.S. Navy's Diesel-Electric Submarine Intiative (DESI). (Photos by Mr. Juan Fernandez) Back to Top Thursday, August 26, 2010 Chilean Submarine CS THOMSON (SS-20) Commences 2010 DESI Deployment (Naval Submarine Base Point Loma, San Diego, CA) - VADM Richard W. Hunt, Commander U.S. Third Fleet, welcomed CDR Juan Pablo Zuniga and the Officers and crew of the Chilean submarine THOMSON during ceremonies held in Point Loma earlier this month. THOMSON, a German-built Type 209/1700, will be deployed stateside over the next 4 months to participate in major fleet U.S. Third Fleet exercises with units from the USS CARL VINSON and USS RONALD REAGAN Carrier Strike Groups and the USS BOXER Amphibious Ready Group. Additionally, THOMSON will be working alongside with the U.S. Navy Deep Submergence Unit (DSU) to conduct CHILEMAR II, the second on a bilateral series of live submarine rescue exercises. This is Chile's third deployment under the U.S. Navy's Diesel-Electric Submarine Initiative (DESI). (Photos by Mr. Juan Fernandez) Back to Top China Plants Flag In South Sea Amid Disputes Reuters, 26 August 2010 BEIJING - China said on Thursday it had used a small, The submarine test underscored China's ambitions to manned submarine to plant the national flag deep beneath join the race for resources in the ocean depths. the South China Sea, where Beijing has tussled with "This success also shows that our country has Washington and Southeast Asian nations over territorial become one of the handful possessing deep-sea manned disputes. submersible technology," Liu Feng, the engineer in The submarine achieved the feat during 17 dives from charge of the deep-sea dive, told television news. May to July, when it went as deep as 3,759 metres The South China Sea covers an area of more than (12,330 ft) below the South China Sea, the official China 648,000 sq miles (1.7 million sq km), with more than 200 News Service said, citing the Ministry of Science and mostly uninhabitable small islands, rocks and reefs. It Technology and State Oceanic Administration. reaches depths of up to 4,000 metres, according to Chinese news reports did not say where the Chinese government surveyors. submarine went, whether it visited disputed waters, or The sea holds valuable fishing grounds and as-yet why the announcement was held off until now. It was the largely unexploited oil and natural gas fields. first time a Chinese submersible vehicle has gone that China accused the United States of meddling after deep, said the reports. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton raised the territorial China, Brunei, Malaysia, Vietnam, the Philippines claims in the sea at a regional forum in July, and said and Taiwan all stake claims to territory in the South China Washington backed a multilateral approach to resolving Sea, which holds potentially big energy sources and is a them. major shipping route. All except Brunei have a military In late July, Chinese naval forces carried out drills in presence in the area, and the boundary claims have the disputed southern waters. sparked naval clashes in the past. Back to Top Thursday, August 26, 2010 Competing With China By Daniel Goure, Ph.D., Defence Professional, 25 August 2010 It is time the United States developed a long-term strategy "surface targets" using groups of aircraft, missile firing for the inevitable military competition with China. ships and land-launched missiles. The message is clear: Competition does not mean conflict. It means a struggle China wants to dominate the waters that touch East Asia with China for power, influence, security and for the and exclude the U.S. from those same waters. United States, access to East Asia. China is competing How should the U.S. respond? With its own strategy with the United States so it seems reasonable that this for competition. One aspect of such a strategy is to exploit country do the same. enduring U.S. advantages in such areas as nuclear attack The competition with China is as much military as it submarines, long-range, high-altitude ISR and ship-based is economic. Beijing is developing a precision-guided missile defenses. We need to build more Virginia-class ballistic missile theoretically capable of attacking U.S. SSNs and Aegis/Standard missile equipped surface aircraft carriers. China is building more new classes of combatants. submarines than the entire Western world combined. The U.S. needs to develop new ties with regional According to the Secretary of Defense, Robert Gates, states based on empowering their capabilities for China's cyber and anti-access capabilities pose a clear individual and collaborative defense. This would include threat to the ability of the U.S. to operate from forward sales of advanced combat aircraft and/or air and missile military bases in East Asia. Not long ago, Chinese defense systems to nations such as Japan, South Korea, warships threatened a U.S. intelligence vessel conducting Taiwan, Australia and India. The U.S. should provide the routine collection operations in the South China Sea, critical ISR and communications to support collaborative forcing this country to send a destroyer to protect our regional air and missile defenses. A strategy for ship. competing with China also would involve developing or The People's Liberation Army (PLA) recently expanding military ties with countries such as Vietnam, conducted complex military operations in the South China Indonesia and the Philippines. Sea. These exercises involved coordinated attacks on Back to Top Successful Testing of ”Yuri Dolgorukii” Barents Observer, 24 August 2010 The vessel, which will become one Russia’s most lethal The testing has been conducted by a special crew Navy weapons, the strategic nuclear submarine “Yuri with experts from Sevmash, the yard which has built the Dolgorukii”, has returned to Severodvinsk after vessel. The Navy crew which is to permanently man the successful testing in the White Sea. vessel will do its first testing in the course of September. The vessel completed the test programme and The “Yuri Dolgorukii” is Russia’s first fourth showed good sailing results, a press release from generation strategic submarine of the Borey class. Sevmash reads. All the submarine’s systems are reported Back to Top to have operated stably.
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