NAPLES, Italy (NNS) -- Commander, Submarine Group 8 and Commander, Task Force (CTF) 69 celebrate 112 years of Submarine service during the Annual Submarine Ball April 13.
This year's guest speakers and host was Adm. Kirkland H. Donald, director, Naval Nuclear Propulsion and Rear Adm. James G. Foggo III, commander, Submarine Group 8.
"It is great to be here for the 112th birthday of our submarine force. Not only to recognize the achievements of our submarine force today, but also the achievement of our predecessors and what they've done and to acknowledge the comradery and the companionship of this great force of ours," said Donald. "It's wonderful to see so many of our allies, and friends here both from Allied Forces as part of NATO who have participated in the operations that have gone on in this theater and also friends from a long time ago who have participated with operations in the United States' submarine force for many years."
Following Donald's remarks, Foggo talked about two important and influential individuals in the submarine community.
"This afternoon I had the privilege to honor two outstanding and beloved shipmates by dedicating our conference room in their memory. The Lewis Conference Room is named for Cmdr. Dewey Lewis Sr., and Lt. Cmdr. Dewey Lewis Jr., who were both outstanding Naval officers and submariners," said Foggo. "They stood the watch and continued to serve the submarine force long after they hung up their uniforms."
During the evening, a traditional two-bell ceremony was held to honor Sailors who have given their lives in submarines, whose courage in defense to the nation, and whose ideals live on to inspire current and future submariners.
"The ship's bell has played such a fundamental and traditional role in our lives at sea that we use it as a symbol in ceremonies such as this," said Capt. Wesley Guinn, commander, CTF 69. "Tonight we [ring] the bell to honor those submariners who have served before us and are now on eternal patrol."
The submarine ball commemorates the anniversary of the U.S. Navy's submarine force. Since April 11, 1900 submariners have been patrolling the depths of our oceans, taking the fight to enemies and providing maritime security around the world.
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