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US nuclear submarine fit for porpoise – Video Clip

AMERICA has a new submarine which is fit for a porpoise.

Or rather, it’s fit for dolphins – two of which appeared to give USS  Minnesota the seal of approval as they spectacularly surfed its churning bow  wave during recent, successful sea trials.

The beautiful moment when the two mammals swam into the 8000-tonne Virginia  class boat’s forward wake was captured on camera and has been shared widely  online by gobsmacked viewers.

The video shows the dolphins leaping high into the air as the huge nuclear  attack sub, launched late last year, barrels across the surface at up to  46km/h.

Two Navy personnel can be seen watching from the conning tower as the mammals  ride the wave, apparently enjoying being propelled forward so quickly.


“That is a beautiful sight! That must be like a surfer’s dream to the  dolphins,” one online viewer commented. 

Dr Hugh Finn, a researcher at WA’s Murdoch University, said he’s seen  dolphins riding the bow waves of Australia’s Collins class subs in Cockburn  Sound, off Fremantle’s coast.

“Essentially the dolphins get a free ride from the pressure wave that a ship  creates in front of it,” he told AAP.

“The ship is moving the water for them and they are quite adept at riding the  wave.

“The same sort of phenomenon – including the leaping – occurs when dolphins  ‘surf’ waves along the coast.”

Source – News Com. AU

USS Hartford & USS San Juan Sailors receive dolphins

John Carcioppolo, president, Submarine Veterans Groton Chapter laughs with Sailors from USS Hartford (SSN 768) during a recognition ceremony. Carcioppolo congratulated thirty officers and enlisted Sailors from Los Angeles class attack submarines USS Hartford and USS San Juan (SSN 751), who were recognized for earning their gold and silver “dolphins” onboard their respective submarines at the Submarine Veteran’s Clubhouse in Groton, Jan. 7.


Thirty officers and enlisted Sailors from the Los Angeles class attack submarines USS Hartford (SSN 768) and USS San Juan (SSN 751) were recognized under the SUBVETS Submarine Qualification Recognition Program, at the Submarine Veterans Clubhouse in Groton, Jan. 7.

The Sailors, who previously received their coveted gold and silver “dolphins” onboard their respective submarines, were recognized by former submariners, many of them Holland Club veterans in attendance, who warmly welcomed the newest submarine warfare qualifiers into the special community.

“We had never recognized Sailors from two boats at one meeting,” said John Carcioppolo, president, Submarine Veterans Groton chapter.

Commander Steve Wilkinson, commanding officer, USS Hartford attended the rite of passage ceremony and reflected on the caliber of the Sailors serving in the submarine force today.

“As you can see, your legacy is in good hands. These men represent all the best of our nation,” said Wilkinson.

Groton Base Member Phil Marshall from Narragansett, R.I., who served on 13 submarines, called out his submarine qualification, which was earned in 1955 aboard USS Sterlet (SS 392), reflected on how great it was to see the newly qualified Sailors referring to them as “our future.”

Master Chief Machinist’s Mate (SS) Eric Mathley, chief of the boat, USS Hartford also reflected on the legacy of the submarine force.

“It’s great that these young Sailors, who worked so hard to earn their dolphins, have an opportunity to see the long legacy of the submarine service,” said Mathley. “I think it means more to them, having seen that. They can really appreciate the lineage of their service.”

Master Chief Electronics Technician (SS) Gaylord Humphries, chief of the boat, USS San Juan, also sounded off his qualification date, providing his solid support to the next generation of submariners.

“This is the new generation of submariners and the submarine force is in good hands,” said Humphries.

Source – Dolphin News