It is a week of celebrations for the United States military, as the U.S. submarine force celebrates its 112th anniversary.
The submarine force started in April 11, 1900, with the purchase of the submersible Holland VI from John Holland by the United States Navy. Since then, the United States undersea force has evolved to become an indispensable asset in international seas.
Around the world, U.S. submariners are marking the anniversary in their own way, honoring their heroes, and those who served, and are still serving, with the submarine force.
Since its conception, the U.S. submarine force has had four generations serve as undersea warfighters in submarines. The first generation, the feature shared, built fleet boats with the speed, endurance, and payload that would turn the submarine into a platform for fighting wars. The second generation fought in the Second World War, while the third served during the Cold War.
Today’s submariners represent the fourth generation, and they continue to work hard towards preserving their dominance under the sea.
Rear Adm. Frank Caldwell, commander, Submarine Force U.S. Pacific Fleet, shared: “For 112 years, the broad military advantages created by undersea concealment have resulted in a wide range of undersea platforms and missions that have enhanced our national security… Throughout history, what has remained constant is the bold character of submariners.”
Vice Adm. John M. Richardson, commander, Submarine Forces, shared: “I am incredibly proud of each and every member of the undersea warfare team, including our families who sacrifice along with us… Just as earlier generations did before us, we fourth generation undersea warriors will be ready to surge to any crisis – first to arrive and last to leave. Let it always be a comforting reassurance to our friends and the worst nightmare for our enemies to know that the U.S. Submarine Force is on the job.”