The United States submarine force came of age during the Pacific campaign of World War II. Today the legendary submarine commanders of that era are held up as examples to our young shipmates who aspire to enter the coterie. It is common for contemporary submariners to receive their dolphin insignia while the crew listens reverently to the wartime exploits of Commanders Dudley “Mush” Morton or Dick O’Kane, with the initiate’s name afterward inscribed—as in the past—in the ship’s official copy of a World War II submarine operational history.
Rekindling the Killer Instinct
Today’s tech-dependent, risk-averse submarine culture keeps young officers from developing warfighting skills crucial to success in conflict.
Lieutenant Commander Brian McGuirk, USN