Life is simple - Either you're QUALIFIED
or you're not!
1. June Meeting is on the 13th at Candela's!!
here for more information & directions!
2. WELCOME ABOARD new member Matt
Washko!! Matt is an active duty LT who qualified on the USS Boise (SSN-764) in
2009 and is enroute to the Operations Department of the Norfolk Naval Shipyard
in Portsmouth, VA.
3. We have a number of new items in our
Ship's Store so be sure to check with our Storekeeper, Bob Kutzenberger, to see
what's available. All sales contribute a small profit to our treasury.
Photo of our namesake boat while on Sea Trial Alpha,
autographed by the first skipper, CAPT Dave Kern
WHO ARE WE?
This web site is intended to be an information
source for all USS Virginia Base submarine veteran members, their families,
friends and others interested in submarines - along with USS Virginia (SSN-774)
crew, family and friends. Our Base was chartered and named in honor of the USS
Virginia (SSN-774) and all of our members are proud to be associated with those
who built and serve on this first boat in a new class of nuclear powered, fast attack submarines.
Our Base is an official division of United States Submarine Veterans,
Incorporated (USSVI) and was chartered as such on July 25, 2002 (click
here to see the Certificate of Charter).
The USSVI Creed is "To
perpetuate the memory of our shipmates who gave their lives in the pursuit of
their duties while serving their country. That their dedication, deeds and
supreme sacrifice be a constant source of motivation toward greater
accomplishments. Pledge loyalty and patriotism to the United States of America
and its Constitution."
That's our CREED above, but it's not who we are. We are United States
Submarine Sailors! We were, and are, members of an elite fighting force of the
United States Navy. We are all QUALIFIED IN SUBMARINES.
Included are submariners from the very early boats: S, R or earlier: WWII
boats; post-war GUPPY boats and Boomer and Fast Attack submariners. Anyone
designated as "Qualified in Submarines" - from E2 to 4 Stars - retired, short timer, or active
duty - it makes no difference and are all eligible and invited to join with us.
YOU'RE INVITED TO JOIN US
If you are "Qualified in Submarines" we want you to join USSVI and, if you live
anywhere within the central Virginia area, we want you to also join our USS Virginia
Base. USSVI has 150+ local Bases (chapters) from Pearl Harbor, Hawaii to
Portsmouth, New Hampshire and two Internet bases. Members are from every state
in the Union. In addition to the local Base, regional and district meetings
throughout the year, USSVI also holds a National Convention in a different
city every year.
If you want to learn submarine history from the people who wrote it, tell
or hear sea stories from Pre-WWII, WWII, Korea, Viet Nam, Cold War or right
now - USSVI and USS Virginia Base are where you want to be. If you want to
find shipmates, plan or attend a boat reunion, eat, drink, or just share a
common bond that all undersea warriors have that never goes away - USSVI and
USS Virginia Base fit the bill.
HOW DO YOU JOIN US?
To learn more about joining USSVI and our USS Virginia Base you can:
an e-mail query to our Base Commander & Webmaster,
and let him know if you have any questions about membership, meeting times
and location, etc.
- Click here for more information about the national
click here for a USS
VIRGINIA BASE AND USSVI MEMBERSHIP APPLICATION (in Word DOC format). If
you know you want to join, go ahead and fill
out this form and then mail it, along with either one check or two
checks (your choice) for both USSVI 1st year dues ($20) and USS VIRGINIA BASE
1st year dues ($20), to
USS Virginia Base Treasurer
13035 Spicers Mill Road
Orange, VA 23960
You can make a single check payable to USS VIRGINIA BASE
We hold monthly meetings on the Second Thursday of most months at 1900
(7pm if you've been out of the service long enough to forget 24 hour time) immediately after a two-hour Happy Hour/Dinner
period that begins at 1700 (5pm) - to which our ladies are always invited.
(The ladies usually prefer to go ashore just before the meeting starts
to a separate part of the restaurant for a coffee klatch. That makes it easier
for us bubbleheads to tell sea
stories without embarrassing them). We tried one Saturday
meeting in 2009
instead of a Second Thursday meeting but the turnout was pretty much the
usual suspects (although we were fortunate to have more wives in attendance)
so unless a member wants to champion a specific date, time and venue for a
Saturday meeting - that strategy is tabled for the time being.
schedule unique events and special presentations from time to time, along with a
GREAT Sub Vet annual picnic every October. Spouses and family are
always invited to attend the monthly happy hour/dinner, the annual picnic
and special events whenever possible. If you are interested in the technical
aspects of our organization, click here to read our Bylaws.
THIS WEB SITE
Click on the navigation buttons along the top of this page to
peruse the various phases of how USS Virginia was named, her seal designed,
the class of submarine she is the first of, her first crew, her Christening,
her Sea Trials and her Commissioning. Also click on the various navigation buttons
& links along the left side of each page to view the different web pages that have been published so far.
IF YOU ARE 'QUALIFIED IN SUBMARINES' PLEASE JOIN WITH
YOUR BROTHERS OF THE 'PHIN TO CELEBRATE EVERYTHING THAT IS UNIQUE AND
PRAISEWORTHY ABOUT OUR SPECIAL UNDERSEA WARRIOR SERVICE!!
Click here to learn more about this web site and how you
This site was originally built using Microsoft FrontPage - but is now
maintained using Microsoft Expression Web. It is best viewed with your
resolution set to at least 1024x768 and with the latest version of Java
ARE HELD IN
AS MAY BE VOTED
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