Archive for the 'Submarines' Category
August 27 marked the anniversary of the DSV Alvin-2 rescue by Reynolds’ Aluminaut, an experimental deep sea exploration submarine. Watch this educational film made by the Reynolds Aluminum Co. here on NavyTV.
On the morning of 25 August 1949, during a training cruise north of the Arctic Circle, the submarine Cochino (SS-345), in company with Tusk (SS-426), attempted to submerge to snorkel depth in the Barents Sea, but the crashing waves played havoc with these efforts. At 1048, a muffled thud rocked Cochino and news of a fire in the after battery compartment quickly passed through the boat. A second explosion soon followed and CDR Rafael Benitez, the commanding officer, ordered all of the crew not on watch or fighting fires topside. During this orderly evacuation, however, Seaman J. E. Morgan fell… Read the rest of this entry »
By Navy Library
Last week we talked about getting started on researching a family member who served in the US Navy. This week we would like to take a minute to talk about researching ships. A great starting point is the Naval History and Heritage Command Frequently Asked Questions on Ship’s History and Record Logs. This will provide you with very informative links on Deck Logs and the Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships among other resources. Here in the Navy Department Library we have numerous books on ships, plus a unique collection available on individual ships called the ZC Files. Our ZC files are an… Read the rest of this entry »
Lance M. Bacon of the Navy Times writes, “The fast-attack submarine Philadelphia will be decommissioned Friday, the 33rd anniversary of its commissioning. The third in the Los Angeles class and the sixth ship to bear the name, Philadelphia finished strong. The sub completed its 16th and final deployment Feb. 3 when it returned to Naval Submarine Base New London, Conn.” For histories of the previous ships named Philadelphia click here, here, here, here, and here.
Following her commissioning on March 1, 1939, the submarine SQUALUS (SS-192) began a series of test dives out of Portsmouth Navy Yard on 12 May. After successfully completing 18, SQUALUS made final preparations for her fateful dive near the Isles of Shoals at 0835 on the morning of the 23rd. The commanding officer of SQUALUS, Lieutenant Oliver F. Naquin, initially thought the dive, as he later recalled, was “going to be a beauty”. However, nearly simultaneous reports of flooding from both engine rooms initiated a relentless descent to the bottom that the best efforts of the crew could not arrest…. Read the rest of this entry »
A neat little .pdf file from our Archives… Japanese Submarine Sinkings During WWII, Op-23
From David F. Winkler Naval Historical Foundation For the ninth time since the centennial of the U.S. submarine force in 2000, the Naval Submarine League and the Naval Historical Foundation teamed to organize an evening seminar at the U.S. Navy Memorial last April 15th that focused on an aspect of undersea warfare. With the sponsorship of Northrop Grumman Marine Systems, this year’s seminar was entitled: “Ocean Surveillance During the Cold War: Sensing, Fusion, Exploitation.” What made this annual submarine history seminar uniqueWAS that the three presenters had backgrounds other than the submarine force. Following introductory remarks by Naval Historical Foundation President… Read the rest of this entry »