Thursday, April 26, 2007

Submariner DUIs and the "Safe Ride" Program

Jonah posts on submariner DUIs and the "Safe Ride" initiative over at over at NRO's Corner--and (if you follow the link and scroll down) gets several responses from submariners:

I'm sure submariner duty is tough, but this does raise questions about all the subs that didn't win the award:

SILVERDALE, Wash. (NNS) — USS Nebraska (SSBN 739) (Blue) received an award from Submarine Group 9 on April 20 for having no violations involving driving under the influence (DUI) in the past two years.
“I think it’s great we got this award,” said Information Systems Technician 3rd Class (SS) Eddie Rich from Nebraska's radio division. “A lot of other commands are having problems with being DUI-free, but we are supporting each other to keep it that way.”
Nebraska leadership puts out the word about the “Safe Ride” program, which provides a hotline Sailors can call to get a ride in a duty vehicle from anywhere in the region if they have been drinking. The command's approach is to remind the crew to drink responsibly and provide an option like “Safe Ride” to get home safe.
A lot of Nebraska chiefs also have made their own phone numbers available if a Nebraska Sailor needs a way home, with no questions asked.

Saturday, April 21, 2007

PCU North Carolina (SSN 777) To Be Christened

The Virginia-class submarine North Carolina will be christened at Newport News Shipyard this morning; you can watch the webcast live at this site at 1100 EDT.

More information on the christening is here.

Wednesday, April 11, 2007

Sub Posters n Pics

Just in time for the Sub Force's Birthday, here's some vintage submarine photos and posters--perhaps you'd like to add some Lileks-like comments or captions?

(Clearly a Skimmer fantasy. Pshaw--as if!)

Let The Debate Begin

Cross-posted from The Stupid Shall Be Punished:

Seeing as how today is the 107th birthday of the Submarine Force, I figured it was time once and for all to settle a debate that's been raging for years: Which is the "official unofficial" game of submariners -- Cribbage or Uckers?

I've always been a cribbage man myself, but it could be because that's what the officers play. While Uckers is more often associated with the Brits, I remember seeing at least as much Uckers being played in Crew's Mess on my boats as cribbage. Cribbage seems to have a larger part in submarine mythology, mostly because of the intensity with which it was played on USS Wahoo.

So what do you think -- what is the game that you most closely associate with submarining? Is it cribbage or Uckers? Or is it something else, like poker?

And Happy Birthday to all U.S. Submariners!

Saturday, April 07, 2007

Russian Music and Submarines

Ok it's not Tommy Cox but enjoy. - LL

Mostly clips of Russian and US subs. Music By Russian - Aleksandr Rozenbaum.

If anyone understands Russian, please fill us in on the song's lyrics.