The Submarine Force is 109 today, marking the day that the US Navy purchased the Holland IV submarine from inventor John Holland for a whopping $160,000.
Weighing in at only 64-tons, 53 feet long and 10 ft in diameter. But she could submerge with 6 men, and fire torpedos, and that’s enough to strike the fear into any
target surface warrior.
And no celebration of submarine history is complete without a little love thrown to our WWII brethren, who truly shouldered the load, and created the mystique and success that is the submarine service while winning the war in the Pacific.
Here’s a link to a great page on the Navy.mil website with some submarine history, facts, and figures. And this great quote about our WWII exploits:
In the final months of the war, American submarines had difficulty finding targets because the Japanese had virtually no ships left to sink. Undaunted, submarine, submarine commanders pursued the enemy into his harbors and hiding places. Employing newly developed FM sonar sets, American submarines penetrated the minefields of closely guarded Japanese home waters to seek out warships and supply ships at anchor. There was no place to hide. The silent victory was complete.
So, drink up tonight shipmates!! I won’t be able to make it to the DC Submarine Ball due to some family commitments, but I’ll toast one to you wherever I am.
Submarines once, Submarines Twice….
“Every submariner is a volunteer who has chosen to gamble his life at high stakes. The submariner casting off bow and stern lines at the sub base is certain that he will come back whole, or not at all.”
— Dr. John Craven, Chief Scientist US Navy Special Projects Office