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Namesake Outreach Builds Relationships

Submarine city namesake programs provide a unique opportunity for civilian citizens to get a first-hand look at submarine operations. They also give our crews the chance to show the pride they take in maintaining and operating their boats at the peak of efficiency.

USS Annapolis (SSN-760) provided an excellent example of a top-quality namesake event when she served recently as the crown jewel of 350th anniversary celebrations for the city of Annapolis, Maryland, capital of the "Free State" and home of the U.S. Naval Academy. Enroute to her port call there, the submarine embarked a group of distinguished representatives of the City of Annapolis for two nights and three days at sea. For these civilians, it was an unforgettable experience that showed each of them the full range of submarine capabilities and the exciting challenges of life onboard. The underway embark was followed up by a program of public visits while the ship was moored off the Naval Academy.

Namesake operations provide an opportunity to demonstrate for influential citizens - taxpayers and voters all - what their defense dollars are doing in the Submarine Force. These visits are enjoyable and fulfilling for the ship's crew as well, supplying a great morale boost in showing off the boat and what it can do. The namesake ship program has been ongoing for many years, encouraged by the highest levels of the Navy Department. Since program participation is the Commanding Officer's prerogative, not all submarines take part, but maintaining communications with the namesake city's or state's government, school system, and civic organizations can pay dividends when the ship is deployed and when recognition of the ship's crew for significant events can be arranged in port. The Submarine Force Centennial next year provides a strong impetus for proactive outreach efforts such as the namesake program and the strong, positive public support they can create for our community.

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Announcing! The Second Annual Undersea Warfare Photo Contest
NSL LogoUNDERSEA WARFARE magazine and the Naval Submarine League are pleased to announce their second Undersea Warfare Photography Contest. Each entry must be related to the activities of the Undersea Warfare community. We seek images that reflect the drama, excitement, and beauty of the undersea world.

Cash prizes will be awarded as follows: First prize - $500, second prize - $250, third prize - $200, honorable mention - $50. Everyone is eligible to submit an entry, but the recipient of an award must be the person who took the photograph.

A limit of three entries per person is requested. Entries must be black-and-white prints, color prints, or electronic files 300 dpi or higher. The minimum print size is 5"x7". Full captions, photographer's name, address, and affiliation must be attached to each entry.

Submit entries to: USW Magazine Photo Contest, Military Editor, Undersea Warfare CNO (N87C), 2000 Navy Pentagon, Washington, DC 20350-2000.

Entries must be received by 15 April 2000. All photographs submitted for the contest will become the property of UNDERSEA WARFARE magazine and may be used in subsequent issues of UNDERSEA WARFARE, regardless of whether or not they receive an award. Appropriate photographic credits will be given. Winners will be announced at the June 2000 Naval Submarine League Symposium in Washington, DC, and publication of the winning entries will be in the Summer 2000 issue of UNDERSEA WARFARE magazine.

For further details, contact UNDERSEA WARFARE magazine by phone at (703)604-7833 or (703)413-2150, or email: subwarfare_mag@hq.navy.mil.

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World War II Submarine Combat Veteran Retires From Active Duty
by CDR Greg Hilscher, USN

Captfox.gif (44346 bytes)Few of us may have known that until recently, a distinguished warrior who wore the Submarine Combat Patrol insignia earned during World War II was still serving in uniform.

Coast Guard Captain Earl Fox, the last remaining World War II combat veteran on active duty, retired from military service on November 19, 1999 at the age of 80. As a naval officer, Fox served in the Pacific aboard PT boats and submarines from 1942 to 1945.

CAPT Fox graduated from the University of Richmond, then attended suboffthe Naval submari1.gif (6851 bytes)Academy and was commissioned in January 1942.  He initially served aboard PT boats, and commanded PT-22 at Midway during the Japanese attack in June 1942. Duty next took him to the South Pacific where he commanded PT-349 and a motor patrol boat squadron in the seas near New Guinea. He also saw action with PT boats in the Aleutian Islands, where he earned the Silver Star Medal for his action in combat.

In 1943 CAPT Fox applied for submarine duty, and after completing submarine school in New London and marrying his college sweetheart Reba, he served on the submarines R-14 and R-20 operating from Key West, Florida.

He next reported to USS Bang (SS-385) in the Pacific theater. CAPT Fox served as Engineering Officer and acting Executive Officer on Bang and conducted war patrols from Brisbane and Pearl Harbor during which Bang sank several Japanese ships and bombarded a Japanese held oil refinery in Indonesia. Bang was awarded the Presidential Unit Citation for her superior performance against the enemy.

CAPT Fox left active duty in 1947, but remained in the Naval Reserve and commanded destroyers during summer cruises. He completed medical school and worked as a general practitioner in St. Petersburg, Florida until retiring from private practice in 1974.

After assisting the Coast Guard in an urgent medical rescue mission, he was urged to join the service, which was then short of medical officers. In 1974 he was granted an age waiver and returned to active duty in the Coast Guard at the age of 55. He served at various duty stations along the east coast and conducted numerous search and rescue missions as a flight surgeon. His final assignment was as senior medical officer at the Coast Guard Personnel Command.

He was honored by President Clinton at the Veteran's Day Ceremony at Arlington Cemetery on November 11, 1999.

At his retirement ceremony on November 19, CAPT Fox spoke of how fortunate he was to have survived the battles that claimed so many of his close friends. He also commended the superb people he served with, both on submarines and during his Coast Guard career. He and Reba will return to St. Petersburg, Florida to enjoy their well-earned retirement.

 

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Concerns/Questions
 

Do you have concerns? Unanswered questions?

In upcoming issues, a new department, Ask The Flags, will be taking questions and comments from the Fleet and directing them to Submarine Force flag officers. Selected questions and responses will then be printed in Undersea Warfare.

Please submit all items to: subwarfare_mag@hq.navy.mil or call: (703) 604-7833

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