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.
Those submarines are manned, I believe, by some of the finest officers and sailors in the Navy, made so by their steadfast dedication to the ship and the mission, and by their high level of technical expertise. Technology has changed the way submarines operate and the missions they perform, but it has not changed the role of the submarine officer: to protect the country, to keep the ship alive, and to lead and develop the best sailors in the Navy.