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WELCOME ABOARD THE WEB HOME OF USS VIRGINIA BASE!!
The Little Base that Can Does - This Sub Vet Base was named in honor of the
USS VIRGINIA (SSN-774)
FIRST OF A CLASS & LEADING THE WAY
Click here to learn more about our Base and our National Sub Vet Organization
Click here to view a Site Map for this entire web site
1MC BASE ANNOUNCEMENTS & REMINDERS
1.
The NOVEMBER meeting will be on the 11th, SATURDAY AT NOON, at Anna's Click here for details. A "Heads Up" to all members that we will not only be observing Veterans Day at this meeting - but also recognizing all of our Vietnam War Era veterans with a special presentation. Additionally, member Chris Knaggs has offered to make a presentation at this meeting dealing with nuclear weapons ownership and Stockpile Emergency Verification (SEV). Click here to view our Base Calendar for future scheduled meetings, birthdays, lost boat dates and other Base activities.
2.
ANNUAL PICNIC - Our Fourteenth Annual Sub Vet Picnic was held at Al & Mary Ann Ptasznik's home on Lake Anna on Saturday, October 14th and, although we had a light turnout compared with other years, the thirty people who attended enjoyed great weather at a great venue with great food (now that's a lot of greats).
The main menu this year was donated to our Base by the Charlottesville Mission BBQ store and everyone agreed they loved it. Click here to go to the full Annual Picnic web page and read more about what they provided at no cost to the Base - and scroll down to see a photo of the happy group of attendees standing under our USSVB banner.
3.
WELL DONE to everyone who worked our display at the
2017 FIELD DAY OF THE PAST!!
We handed out recruiting cards and USSVI/USSVB applications and garnered the names and e-mail addresses of four submariners who may join our Base. Also, photos of this event will be posted as soon as they become available,
and you can review it by clicking here.
A special big thanks goes out to TEAM ANDERSON (aka Project Leader Bill Anderson, his son Curtis and wife Sandi) for another GREAT job this year. Although we had a good turnout of watchstanders and volunteers to help this year - Team Anderson does the bulk of the heavy lifting!
4.WELCOME ABOARD new member Chuck Curry, who transferred in from the Southern Tier Base in New York. Chuck found us on our web site and attended our September 9th meeting at Anna's. Please welcome Chuck and his wife Sharon when you see them.
5.
Easter Egg
When the new website was launched, we announced there was an Easter Egg embedded somewhere in the Ship's Store portion of the web site. To date, no one has successfully located the egg (Although one member came very close!).
So, what is an Easter Egg? By definition, it is a secret message or screen buried in a software application, sometimes humorous in nature, often informative, but mostly difficult to find. As originally announced, the first USS Virginia Base member (Or spouse, relative, etc...) that finds the Easter Egg will be presented with a free USS Virginia Base coffee cup. Just browse the Ship's Store, find the egg (It will tell you when found!), and follow directions to claim your prize.
Since no one has yet successfully located the egg and executed the instructions, we have decided to give you some clues as to its whereabouts. Read the clues below to help you find the egg.  In the unlikely event of a tie or procedural issue, the Base Commander and
Storekeeper will officiate. The decision of the judges is final!
So come on boys and girls, the clues make it easy!  Have fun, and good hunting!
So... Where is the Easter Egg?
The egg is hidden,
Where one might shop.
More towards the bottom,
Than up at the top!
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Roses are red,
And violets are blue.
The thing you are seeking,
Is one of those colors too!
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So shopping you went,
But things went berserk.
However, the egg is in there,
Associated with a shirt!
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After hunting and searching,
You're all in a mess!
The key to this puzzle,
Is between a T and an S.
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Your prize is a cup,
Not gold or some cash.
The ultimate spot,
Hides under a dash!
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Now, we've had one come close,
But alas, it proved unfruitful.
He found the correct link,
But couldn't make directions useful!
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So If you've been successful,
And turned the right thing up.
Be sure and read the directions,
To proudly claim your cup!
USS Virginia (SSN-774) on Alpha Sea Trial, July 2004
USS Virginia (SSN-774) Underway on Sea Trials
SERVING SUBMARINERS IN T
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RICHMOND AND CENTRAL VIRGINIA AREA

           WHO ARE WE?
This website 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 view our Certificate of Charter and Bylaws.
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; postwar 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 Richmond or 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, district and regional 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. If you want to see if you served with or know any of our members, click here to look at our Base Roster. Click here or on the "Application Info" navigation button on the left side if you want to begin your application process.
THEN WHAT?
Effective August 8th 2015 we now hold all monthly meetings on the Second Saturday of every month where we enjoy a private buffet lunch beginning at Noon. Immediately after the  social lunch period we dive the boat and start our meetings at 1330. Our ladies are always invited to join us for lunch but they usually prefer to go ashore just before we dive to start the meeting, to a separate part of the restaurant for a kaffeeklatsch. That makes it easier for us bubbleheads to tell sea stories without embarrassing them. Click here for our meeting location and time.
We may also schedule unique events and special presentations from time to time, along with a GREAT Sub Vet annual picnic every Fall. Spouses and families are always invited to attend the monthly happy hour/dinner, the annual picnic and special events whenever possible. Click here to learn more about our Annual Picnic and click here to learn about our annual Field Day of the Past project. Still have questions? Click here to send us a message.
IF YOU ARE 'QUALIFIED IN SUBMARINES' YOU ARE INVITED TO JOIN WITH YOUR BROTHERS OF THE 'PHIN TO CELEBRATE EVERYTHING THAT IS UNIQUE AND PRAISEWORTHY ABOUT OUR SPECIAL UNDERSEA WARRIOR SERVICE!!


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