|SUBMARINE SQUADRON 12|
PIC-1: BUSHNELL WINS COVETED "E" : Captain H.E. Davey, Jr. the Commanding
Officer of the USS Bushnell and former Executive Officer H.E. Fry admire the Battle Efficiency
"E" which was awarded to the Bushnell for fisical year 1961.
All submarine tenders of the Atlantic Fleet competed for the honor each year in all phases of the
highest standing in readiness for the ship's essential mission of service to the submarines of the
squadron - for the USS Bushnell serving Submarine Squadron Twelve.
The USS Bushnell has achieved this honor for the first time and has brought recognition to the
"Southernmost deep draft ship in Continental United States".
Captain J.W. William's, USN, ComSubFlot Two, has extended congratulations upon the
occasion of the Bushnell's winning of the battle efficiency award for submarine tenders. "Your
truly sterling performance was outstanding against stiff competition and indicative of command
attention plus much hard work and effort by all hands. Keep up the good work."
Vice Admiral Elton W. Grenfell, Commander, Submarine Force, Atlantic Fleet, messaged the
winners: "I extend congratulations. You have excelled and this is what we strive for".
The officers and crew of the Bushnell are to be congratulated on their fine showing in this stiff
PIC-2: Captain Jim D. Miller, the Commanding Officer of the USS Bushnell and the Executive
Officer, Commander M.M. Elliott, admire the Battle Efficiency "E" and its coveted hash mark,
which was awarded to the Bushnell for fiscal year 1962. Shown in the picture also is master-at-
arms, R. Mills, SF1.
PIC-3: Shown above are the three leading chiefs of the Engineering Department holding the
lines for the Chief Engineer, Lt. George O. Smith, USN as they proudly display the newly
painted red "E" on the ships forward stack.
PIC-4: Submarine Tender USS Bushnell (AS-15) has been awarded the Battle Efficiency "E"
for the second consecutive time after rigorous competition among all submarine tenders of the
As early as February the first phases of the competition required an operational Readiness
Inspection conducted by a team of inspectors responsible to Commander Submarine Flotilla
SIX. Subsequent inspections in April included a survey of departmental records, appearance
of personnel, over-all moral factors and general material conditions within the ship. The
exemplary record of both internal ship's maintenance and outstanding services to the fifteen
submarines of Submarine Squadron TWELVE were apparent. It was noted also that repair
facilities of the ship reduced otherwise costly repairs to Squadron Units. The inspectors
determined that Bushnell is being administered in an intelligent, sound, and efficient manner, and
that organizational methods employed are directed toward keeping the ship prepared to perform
its war and peacetime missions, as well as day to day operations.
In a separate category the Engineering Department achieved the Engineering Efficiency Award
in competition with other submarine tenders. This award reflects a record of efficient
administration and maintenance in all phases of engineering. A decisive contribution to the
"Red E" was the outstanding success of the full power run conducted during the underway
operational inspection in February.
In awarding the coveted "E", Vice Admiral E.W. Greenfly, USN, Commander Submarine
Force, U.S. Atlantic Fleet, stated that the Submarine Force had worked hard to maintain
optimum readiness in all phases of submarine warfare and described those ships designated
for the awards as "considered the best".
USS PENGUIN (ASR-12)
USS PENGUIN (ASR-12) commanded by LT. R.E. Kulzleb, USN, has made a clean sweep
of all Battle Efficiency Competition Awards for submarine rescue vessels of the U.S. Atlantic
Fleet in the announcement of the 1962 awards for Battle Efficiency, Engineering and
communications by Vice Admiral E.W. Grenfell, U.S. Navy, Commander Submarine Force,
U.S. Atlantic Fleet.
To be considered the best in any single phase of the annual competition is an accomplishment
to which all ships aspire-to attain the peak of performance necessary to earn all of the coveted
awards demonstrates outstanding qualities of leadership, perseverance and endurance on the
part of every officer and men aboard.
It is with this thought in mind that the officers and men of ships of Submarine Squadron
TWELVE add their congratulations to those of Commander Submarine Force, U.S. Atlantic
Fleet, Captain C.C. Cole, USN, Commander Submarine Flotilla SIX and Captain R.A.
Moore, USN, Commander Submarine Squadron TWELVE for the outstanding achievement
of officers and men of USS PENGUIN the best in the force.
PENGUIN (ASR-12). Penguin was built at the Charleston Shipbuilding and Dry dock Co.,
commissioned 29 May 1944.
|During the week of November 30 December 6, the
U.S.S. PENGUIN (ASR-12) played a leading role in a salvage operation, at
the request of the Coast Guard. |
A Helicopter, on an errand of mercy, ditched in the Gulf of Mexico and sank about thirty miles from Tampa, Florida, one crew member was still aboard.
The PENGUIN sped quickly to the scene, and initial search proved fruitless. A Navy Minesweeper, the U.S.S. VITAL (MSO-474) dispatched from Panama City, Florida, soon arrived on the scene and with almost effortless ease, the VITAL electronically pinpointed the location of the ill-fated craft, some 150 feet below the water's surface.
The PENGUIN laid a two point moor over the spot designated by the VITAL, then the divers went to work. Divers KIRK, SF1 and NELSON, MM1, located the Helicopter and surveyed the wreckage, Diver BAKER, SFP2, went below and made fast a line to the Helicopter. Divers HOLGERSON, SFC and LIGHTSEY, DC1, then located the body of the crew member.
The Helicopter, coming to the surface presented a bulky problem, however in record time it was lashed fast on the PENGUIN'S stern and none too soon as the wind riding ahead of a distant cold front started whipping up frothy whitecaps.
Captain Allan H. Carry expedited retrieving the two point moor in a sea manlike fashion, then pointing the PENGUIN'S bow to the North-east, sent the ship scurrying before the storm to deliver it's cargo in Tampa.
|BUSHNELL VISITS MOBILE DURING ORI|
|2 February 1962. The USS BUSHNELL departed today
at 0845 from its port at the Naval Station in Key West, Florida enroute to
the port of Mobile, Alabama, to arrive approximately at noon on Sunday,
the fourth day of February. Before reaching Mobile and the return trip
home, the ship underwent a series of operational readiness maneuvers which
will count heavily toward the retaining of the "E" rating she now holds.
Accompanying the BUSHNELL on the cruise to Mobile were COMSUBFLOT TWO,
Captain C.C. COLE, USN, who is seen in the picture above leaving the ship
at Mobile, and members of his staff, CDR W.B. PRIGMOPE and CDR S.T.
BUSSEY. These highly experienced submariners observed and inspected the
many drills that the personnel undertook. |
Underway from Key West at about 1000 on Friday, the first day of operations, the USS PENGUIN and the BUSHNELL met at sea and commenced a transfer at sea drill, in the picture above. Both the BUSHNELL and the PENGUIN had to provide needed equipment and trained men for the exercise. The BUSHNELL utilizing port side and the PENGUIN using her starboard side.
At 1530 of the same day all hands took part in an abandon ship drill. The crew had to muster at quarters and don their life jackets.
On Saturday, the second day, at 1000 the ship piped for man overboard drill which was held with the use of the starboard and port lifeboats, and at 1300 familiarization firing of the 5 inch gun batteries as pictured above, and Anti-Aircraft at star shell targets. At 1600 a rescue and assistance drill was held for a simulated ship in distress. The ship then began a four hour full power run.
From my point this Operational Readiness Inspection was carried out smoothly and the Captain, Executive Officer and all other Officers and Enlisted men should be congratulated for conducting their responsible duties in a smart seaman like fashion.Well done BUSHNELL.
USS THRESHER (SSN-593) THRESHER & BUSHNELL
SubRon TWELVE welcomes the officers and men of Thresher on the current operations with
our units. June 1962.
SubRon TWELVE'S tender, BUSHNELL, is host above to the USS Thresher (SS(N)593)
as she anticipates submarine upkeep.
USS THRESHER (SS(N)593), first of a new class of attack submarines, was placed in
commission on 3 August 1961 at Portsmouth Naval Shipyard, Portsmouth, New Hampshire.
Her first Commanding Officer is Commander Dean L. Axene, USN.
The SSN-593 is the second United States Submarine to bear the name THRESHER. The
first THRESHER-SS-200 was built by the Electric Boat Company in Groton, Connecticut,
commissioned on 27 August 1940 and conducted fifteen war patrols before being
decommissioned in 1946.
Prior to commissioning, the present THRESHER conducted four sets of sea trials during
which she steamed 2900 miles. On her first two sea trials she established records as the
deepest diving submarine in the Navy. Depth classified.
USS Thresher(SS(N)593) Picture taken by Donald Oke
USS Bushnell (AS-15) June 1962
|On April 15, 1963, submarine people everywhere
took time out to deliberate in their own minds the tragic loss of the
nuclear powered submarine, the USS THRESHER (SSN-593).
Here in Key West, Florida, the U.S. Naval Chapel was filled to capacity with men and their dependents who came to pray for, and to pay their respects to those brave men who lost their lives aboard THRESHER on April 10, 1963.
Ironically, the sinking of THRESHER on April 10, occurred the day before the 63rd Anniversary of the U.S. Submarine Service. The elaborate birthday plans scheduled by Submarine Squadron TWELVE have been canceled due to this tragic accident.
During the ceremony at the Chapel, Captain C.F. McGivern, Commander of Submarine Squadron TWELVE spoke these words to the solemn audience:
"Navy people and civilian friends of the Navy throughout the Atlantic area wherever submarines are based are joining with us today in Memorial Services for those lost in USS THRESHER.
"Here in Key West our sympathy goes out especially for Mrs. Fusco and her family here with us at this ceremony whose husband and loved one, Gregory Fusco, was among those lost. Present also are three former crew members for whom this ceremony will have special meaning.
"The feeling of submariners at this time are most accurately and appropriately expressed by the statement of Vice Admiral Grenfell, the Force Commander, which I would like to quote in part:
"The strong bond of fellowship which exists among submariners everywhere, both past and present, has made the loss of THRESHER a very personal experience for each of us, but it is difficult to convey the depth of this experience for those of us in the Atlantic who knew THRESHER and her crew so well. She was a very special submarine to us and we knew her men as true pioneers in extending our submarine capabilities to new horizons. They were revered by all of us, therefore, in a very special way; and their loss has hurt us most deeply. Our sense of loss can in no way be compared, but only shared, with the grief experienced by the families of the THRESHER'S men and those dedicated men from Portsmouth Naval Shipyard and elsewhere who made her final dive.
"May it never be forgotten that THRESHER'S courageous officers and crew members and the brave civilian and officers observers who went with her gave their lives in the service of their Country while working to increase this Nation's military capabilities. For this, our Nation will be forever in their debt."
Following the Memorial Service held at the Naval Station Chapel, a Flower Placing Ceremony was held at Pier one.
Flowers were placed on the deck of USS ATULE (SS-403) in memory of THRESHER. As Submarine Squadron TWELVE'S Chaplain, LCDR Philip C. Bentley, who conducted the ceremony, closed with the benediction, taps was sounded by the bugler Robert Honohan, a seaman attached to the Fleet Sonar School. Standing silently by, with heads bowed in silent prayer, was Commander Squadron TWELVE; Commanding Officers and Chief of the Boats from all units of the squadron; Mrs. G.J. Fusco, widow of Gregory J. Fusco, Electricians Mate 2nd. Class, who was aboard THRESHER on her final dive; Lieutenant Junior Grade T. Morris, Escort for Mrs. Fusco; Karl F. Wietzel, Sonarman 1st. Class; Robert A. Brown, Commissary man 2nd. Class, and James D. Rankin, Yeoman 2nd. Class, all three, members of the original commissioning crew of THRESHER.
Even after the last note of taps sounded. and the ATULE was backing clear of the basin, it was some time before anyone departed from the pier.
All eyes remained on ATULE as she backed clear, then turned down the channel and proceeded to the local operating area, there to dive from under the flowers placed on her deck, leaving them there on the open sea in memory of THRESHER.
|USS SCULPIN VISITS SUBRON 12|
Pictured above is Captain H.E. Davey, Jr., Commanding
Officer of the USS BUSHNELL, as he goes aboard the
atomic powered submarine, USS SCULPIN.
|The nuclear powered submarine, USS SCULPIN
(SSN590), arrived in Key West, Monday 12 June 1961 for a two day visit.
Upon completion of her stay with Submarine Squadron Twelve, she will
proceed to San Diego, California for assignment to Submarine Squadron
The SCULPIN was built at Ingalls Shipbuilding Co. in Pascagoula, Mississippi and commissioned 1 June 1961. SCULPIN is commanded by Commander C.N. MITCHELL and has a crew of approximately 100 officers and men.
|NATO MILITARY GROUP TOURS NAVAL ACTIVITIES|
|Forty officers of the NATO Military Committee and
Standing Group arrived in Key West on February 14, 1962 for a two-day
orientation visit of Naval activities in the |
area. The visit was sponsored by the U.S. Representative to the NATO Military Committee and Standing Group for the Secretary of Defense.
Brigadier General Henry C. Huglin, USAF, Deputy U.S. Representative to the Military Committee and Standing Group was the senior officer accompanying the distinguished visitors.
Rear Admiral R.Y. McElroy Commander Naval Base met the NATO officers upon their arrival at the Naval Air Station Wednesday morning.
Wednesday afternoon the group received briefings at the Fleet demonstrations and static displays at the Fleet Air Detachment.
The schedule for Thursday included briefings at the Advanced Undersea Weapons School, followed by conducted tours of two submarines attached to SubRon TWELVE, the USS GRENADIER (SS-525), and the USS PICUDA (SS-382).
This trip was one of a series of periodic orientation trips within the United States for staff officers of the NATO Military Committee and Standing Group, and is officially sponsored by the United States Representative to the Military Committee and Standing Group on behalf of the Secretary of Defense. NATO is composed of representatives of the fifteen member countries and is the final authority on all matters, both civil and military, which concern the Alliance.
|NEWEST SUB TENDER USS HOLLAND (AS-32)|
|Pascagoula, Miss., March 5----The keel was laid
today for the third U.S. Navy ship to be named HOLLAND. The new ship is
the USS Holland (AS-32), a 599 foot long, 83 foot beam submarine tender
being built by the Ingalls Shipbuilding Corporation. a Division of Litton
According to Ingalls president, Fred J. Mayo in making the announcement of the keel laying, HOLLAND is being constructed by the Pascagoula yard under a 24-month $24,395,800 Navy Department contract awarded last September.
The new tender, being constructed especially for providing facilities and support for the nuclear powered Polaris firing submarines such as the USS George Washington, is one of the Navy's more complex surface vessels. In her support ot ten Polaris submarines, she will be required to carry as many different spare parts as a large aircraft carrier, while acting as a combination ammunition depot, supply center, shipyard and motel. In addition, all the facilities and conveniences of a small city will be available to her thousand man crew and the crews of the submarines she will support.
While HOLLAND is neither a submersible nor a combatant ship, she will none the less be an indispensable part in support of the Navy's Polaris Weapon System--a system referred to as our nation's first line of deterrence.
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