The USS Pickerel (SS-524), surfacing at a 48-degree up angle from a depth of 150 feet, during tests off Oahu, Hawaii, 1 March 1952.
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Where We Were
October 1920 Proceedings—“It is a curious fact,” Lieutenant Commander Robert A. Lavender, U.S. Navy, wrote in “Radio Equipment on NC Seaplanes,” “that when the designers and the pilots of aircraft think of radio sets, they think in pounds. Pounds of weight and pounds of head-resistance mean pounds of gasoline and oil. Pounds of gasoline and oil mean speed and endurance. The 26 pounds of radio equipment removed from the NC-3 at Trepassey Bay because the plane, full-load, could not get off the water should have remained on board, worth its weight in gold when the NC-3 came down on the water a few hours later 50 miles south of the Azores, with 160 gallons of gasoline but no means of communication.”
October 1970 Proceedings—In “The Fine Line at the Naval Academy,” Vice Admiral James Calvert, U.S. Navy, wrote, “One hundred and twenty-five years ago this month, about 60 somewhat disheveled young men assembled in an old Army fort along with some officers and a small group of civilian instructors. Military professionalism and the need for a sound education have played significant roles in its history ever since. To some degree they are always in conflict but can and have lived together in time on the Severn for 125 years.”
October 1995 Proceedings—“Some would argue,” Commander Eric R. Rosenlof, U.S. Navy, opened in “Remain Faithful to the Good Shepherd,” “that the days of convoy protection are gone. Others would say that while sealift is increasing, the number of surface combatants to protect is decreasing, even as the number of countries acquiring advanced submarines proliferates. Modern diesels are less restricted to shallow water. Alas, convoy protection is only one of the surface-combatant missions being outshone by the glitter of theater ballistic missile defense.”
A. Denis Clift
Golden Life Member