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EDITED: 8/16/2018

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
1MC BASE ANNOUNCEMENTS & REMINDERS
1.
The SEPTEMBER meeting will be on the 8th, SATURDAY NOON, at Anna's Click here for details.
  • Click here to view our Base Calendar for future scheduled meetings, birthdays, lost boat dates and other Base activities.
2.
FIELD DAY OF THE PAST UPDATE! The Webmaster was delinquent (can you believe that?) and thought he had updated the web pages for our FDOTP - but he hadn't - until today (August 12th). Please click here to visit our Field Day of the Past web page, with Project Leader Bill Anderson's updated message for this year - and give him your support to ensure another successful effort with this important Base project on September 21, 22 and 23!
3.
PLEASE NOTE that our 2018 Annual Picnic will be held on Saturday, OCTOBER 13th at Al & Mary Ann Ptasznik's home on Lake Anna. Click here for directions and more details. Be there or be square!
4.We had a good turnout for our August 11th meeting, but the Slide Show Operator performed poorly in Jim Lencalis' absense.
Marlin Boyle from the Hampton Roads Base visited and gave us an update on what his Base has been doing, plus BC Kenn McDermott was pleased to recognize Marlin as a Vietam War Veteran - and also give him a "Round To-It" coin to help him become more efficient with his many Base duties.
5.For those of you who have not yet read member Chris Knaggs' Sea Story, "Diving Officer Under Confusion", click on the title to open it in Adobe PDF format. I highly recommend it (but be forewarned, you'll need to have some tissues handy to wipe the tears of laughter away from your eyes so you can continue reading).
6.
  • USSVB is now an official USA Vietnam War Commemoration Commemorative Partner. This designation allows BC Kenn McDermott to recognize members who served on active duty in the U. S. Armed Forces at any time during the period of November 1, 1955 to May 15, 1975, regardless of location, with a lasting memento of the nation's thanks. Kenn has been presenting brass Vietnam War Veteran lapel pins, Vietnam War Veteran bumper stickers and brochures about this program to all eligible members at our monthly meetings.
  • Those members who can't attend meetings will have these items mailed to them.
CONGRATULATIONS!
A GRATEFUL NATION THANKS AND HONORS YOU!
USS Virginia (SSN-774) on Alpha Sea Trial, July 2004
USS Virginia (SSN-774) Underway on Sea Trials

SERVING SUBMARINERS IN THE
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. (Hover your cursor on the "USS Virginia" left-side navigation button with its resulting fly-outs to learn more about Virginia and our Base association with this great boat).

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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