While the submarine force was preparing to observe the community's 110th anniversary, and remembering the 10 April 1963 loss of the USS Thresher (SSN-593), others were introducing yet another Fleet social experiment.
Right before these two occasions, the Submarine Force Commander, Vice Admiral John Donnelly, announced smoking will no longer be allowed on board submarines by 31 December of this year. That announcement came soon after another stark change to the community, the imminent introduction of women on boats.
Neither of these ideas is without merit, but now is not the time to make major changes across an entire warfare community when there are much more important issues to tackle. These changes might be good, but neither does anything to even indirectly enhance combat effectiveness.