Commander William Earl Fannin, Class of 1945, Capstone Essay Contest
Over the years the silent service has seen significant transformations in technology and mission. But the role of the submarine officer remains unchanged.
These are very exciting times to be getting into the submarine service, which has never been a more vital part of our maritime force. As technology has made communication virtually instantaneous in a world that is almost completely interconnected, crises increasingly call for immediate responses. Patiently sitting off coastlines, quietly observing, and able to project power almost anywhere, the U.S. Navy’s submarine force has risen to the forefront as the first responders in nearly every modern engagement.