Archive for the 'Submarines' Category

Dec 31

Project Azorian on NavyTV

Friday, December 31, 2010 3:12 PM


Norman Polmar, Author of Project Azorian: The CIA and the Raising of the K-129, will discuss and sign his book followed by a Q&A at Navy Memorial on Tuesday, January 11th, beginning at 12PM. The event is free and open to the public. Click here for more information on the event and watch the trailer above to learn more about the untold story of Project Azorian.

Dec 11

Countdown for Polaris

Saturday, December 11, 2010 12:01 AM


This Cold War documentary follows the development of the Polaris submarine launched ballistic missile and contains footage of numerous test launches of Polaris as well as the launching and commissioning of USS George Washington (SSBN-598).   Source: Naval History and Heritage Command, Photographic Section, UM-23.

Nov 4

1st Seaplane Launch From Submarine

Thursday, November 4, 2010 7:37 AM


Following WW1, the Navy began experimenting with the possibility of submarine observation and scouting aircraft; S-1 became the experimental platform for this project, late in 1923. She was altered by having a steel capsule mounted aft the conning tower; a cylindrical pod which could house a small collapsible seaplane, the Martin MS-1. After surfacing, this plane could be rolled out, quickly assembled, and launched by ballasting the sub until the deck was awash. The first successful attempt was made on November 5th 1923.

Oct 29

USS Blackfin (SS-322) Battle Flag

Friday, October 29, 2010 12:01 AM


Aug 30

New on Navy TV: USS Aluminaut Recovers Alvin-2

Monday, August 30, 2010 1:43 PM


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.

Aug 25

The Loss of USS Cochino (SS-345)

Wednesday, August 25, 2010 12:00 PM


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 »

Jul 14

ZC Files- Researching Ships in the Navy Department Library

Wednesday, July 14, 2010 8:44 AM


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 »

Jun 25

USS Philadelphia (SSN-690) to Decommission Today on its 33rd Birthday

Friday, June 25, 2010 8:28 AM


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.

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