SSBN656 – One Boat One Crew

Notes From Bill Quirk

Today I uploaded a photo album that I received some years back from shipmate Bill Quirk. Contained in the folder with the photos was a PDF  file with the following information in it. At some point I would like to add these descriptions to the photos so we know from when, where, and who they are of….

Just for kicks and for me to practice using this on-line editor here is the contents of that PDF file. There are some interesting notes here.

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Remembering the Kursk

Remembering the Kursk
Original article by Jennifer McDermott

Publication: The New London Day

Published: 08/13/2010


Retired Russian navy Capt. First Rank Dmitry Zubkov, foreground, and retired U.S. Navy Adm. Thomas Fargo place wreaths at a memorial for the 118 officers and crewmen who were aboard the Russian nuclear submarine Kursk when it exploded and sank in the Barents Sea on Aug. 12, 2000. The ceremony took place Thursday at the U.S. Naval Submarine Force Library and Museum in Groton.


When Jon Warn learned of the Kursk nuclear submarine disaster a decade ago, he immediately envisioned the plight of its crew.

“You can’t help but imagine yourself sitting at the bottom of the Barents Sea with no hope,” said Warn, of Noank. “It’s chilling.”

After serving 21 years in the Navy, Warn could easily form that mental picture. So could his shipmates from the USS George Washington Carver (SSBN 656), who gathered in Groton Thursday for a reunion.

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The Cold War Submariner

The following is a reprint of an article published in The Submarine Review, a publication of the Naval Submarine League, is part of the public record, and is reprinted for private use and educational use.

“But no one — no one — has done more to prevent conflict — no one has made a greater sacrifice for the cause of Peace than you, America’s proud missile submarine family. You stand tall among all our heroes of the Cold War.”

Remarks by General Colin L. Powellssbn_sm
Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff at the
Ceremony for the 3000th SSBN Patrol
U.S. Submarine Base, Kings Bay, Georgia
25 April, 1992

Thank you very much, ladies and gentlemen. And thank you very much Admiral Kelso for that most kind introduction.

Indeed, Alma and I are very, very pleased to be with you this afternoon to join the men and women of the Submarine Service and the commands who support them, and all of the distinguished guests who are here, to celebrate the return of TENNESSEE and her magnificent crew and to commemorate this 3000th Patrol.

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The good old days on the boat…

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Suggestions for the ex-submariner that misses
“The good old days on the boat”

  • Sleep on the shelf in your closet. Replace the closet door with a curtain. Two to three hours after you fall asleep, have your wife whip open the curtain, shine a flashlight in your eyes, and mumble “Sorry, wrong rack”.
  • Repeat back everything anyone says to you.
  • Spend as much time as possible indoors and avoid sun light. Only view the world through the peep hole on your front door.
  • Renovate your bathroom. Build a wall across the middle of your bathtub and move the shower head down to chest level. Shower once a week. Use no more than 2 gallons of water per shower.

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Video of dolphins jumping the bow of a boat while underway.

This is a test to see how video is posted to the site and included into a users post.

I stole, Ooops borrowed, this video from a recent Facebook post. It brought back memories from when I stood lookout on a couple of patrols up in the sail of the Carver. It was the best maneuvering watch post to have, in my opinion.

The original 41 for freedom

In the early 1960’s the U.S. Navy commissioned and launched a total of 41 SSBN type Fleet Ballistic Missile Submarines, FBM’s, also referred to as Boomers. These first FBM’s are today known as the “41 for Freedom” The below listed ships comprised the U.S. Navy’s deterrent force. These 41 submarines contributed directly to the safety and security of the United States and may have contributed to the safety and the security of the entire planet. With out question, the 41 for freedom brought the so called Cold War to a peaceful resolution with a shot being fired.

Every SSBN has two complete crews, a Blue crew and a Gold crew. These two crews rotated at approximately three month intervals. The two crews and the rotation
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