Undersea Warfare The Official Magazine of the U.S. Submarine Force

Summer 2004 Cover of Undersea Warfare Magazine

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Summer 2004/Archives

U.S. Submarine... Beacause Stealth Matters


Washington Watch


Operational Depth

Ships At Sea

Letters to the Editor


6th Annual Undersea Warfare Photo Contest Winners

Former Commander-in-Chief Christens PCU Jimmy Carter

Hard-charging and Persistent: The Crew of PCU Virginia Looks Ahead

Pacific Reach 2004
U.S. Foreign Navies Practice Submarine Rescue, Foster Cooperation and Improve Interoperability

SSGN Conversions: Embodying the Sea Power 21 Vision

Heading North!
Traveling the Artic Region, U.S. Submarines Find Adventure, New Challenges, and New Friends

Saviors and Suppliers: World War II Submarine Speacial Operations in the Phillippines

Enhances Stability and Increases Interoperability in the Pacific Rim

Those in Peril - the S-5 Incident

Bringing Science to Life
Teaching Science Using Submarine Technology and the ex-USS Narwhal (SSN-671)

2004 Force Organization Map

Submarine Force Links

Director, Submarine Warfare

Commander, Naval Submarine Forces

Commander, Submarine Force Pacific Fleet

Navy News Stand

Undersea Warfare Photo Contest



Undersea Warfare 2003 CHINFO Merit Award

PCU North Carolina Keel-laying Held in May

On 22 May 2004 in Newport News, Virginia, Welder Stanley Britt permanently welds the initials of Ship’s Sponsor Mrs. Linda Bowman during the keel laying ceremony of Pre-Commissioning Unit (PCU) North Carolina (SSN-777), the U.S. Navy’s newest Virginia-class submarine. PCU North Carolina is the 4th Virginia-class submarine to begin construction, and is the 6th Navy vessel to be named North Carolina. The ship’s sponsor Mrs. Linda Bowman said, “For the submarine North Carolina, my hope is that she will sail in peace to keep us free. My assurance is that she will always be ready to defend that freedom whenever necessary.” The plate with her initials will be permanently affixed to the stern of the ship.

Also in attendance were Assistant Secretary of the Navy Hansford T. Johnson, North Carolina Senator Elizabeth Dole, Navy Nuclear Reactors Director ADM Frank “Skip” Bowman, and Northrop Grumman President Thomas C. Schievelbein. The current construction schedule for North Carolina calls for the submarine’s launching in late 2005 followed by commissioning in late 2007.

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Target Tests ASW Sensors and Weapons

This test platform, formally titled Weapon Set-To-hit Threat Target (WSTTT), was developed in San Diego to support Operational Test and Evaluation Force (OPTEVFOR) operations used to test Anti-Submarine Warfare (ASW) sensors and weapons. It can be lowered and raised from a surface support platform, but has no dedicated propulsion system. The platform allows unarmed ASW torpedoes to impact the vessel without damage.

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Mine-hunting Submersible Supports 5th Fleet Exercise

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AT3 Cassie Gibson guides an AN/AQS-14 mine detection submersible unit back onto its cradle on the ramp of an MH-53 Sea Dragon assigned to the “Blackhawks” of Helicopter Mine Countermeasures Squadron One Five (HM-15) during mine-hunting missions as part a bilateral exercise with a country in the 5th Fleet theater. The exercise tested a number or warfare areas, include mine counter measures, anti-air, surface and submarine, electronic and explosive ordinance disposal.

AT3 Gibson and AM1 Jeffery Osborne secure the AN/AQS-14 submersible after recovering it on the ramp of an MH-53 Sea Dragon.

San Francisco Returns to Guam

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The attack submarine USS San Francisco (SSN-711) escorted by two harbor
tugs, returns to Apra Harbor, Guam, after a five-month deployment. San Francisco is attached to Submarine Squadron 15, which is forward-deployed and is homeported in the U.S. territory of Guam.



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