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EDITED: 6/9/2024
Sea Stories & Sharings
The classic distinction between a "Sea Story" and a "Fairy Tale" is that a Fairy Tale always begins with "Now, Once Upon a Time" - whereas a Sea Story always begins with "Now, This is a No-Shitter".

With that said, and although this section of our website is titled "Sea Stories", it is nonetheless intended to be a place where USS Virginia Base members can share their remembrances about their service in the U. S. Submarine Force - regardless of how they may be categorized. Any member who would like their 'story' or "stories" posted here should send their submissions to the Webmaster by e-mail to:

If you have Microsoft Word you can compose in that program and then attach it to your e-mail - or just type your story into the body of an e-mail message.

We would appreciate a minimum of "Sailor Talk" - although we all know many sailors tend to use language salted with profanities or obscenities. If you feel the salty language is necessary to accurately reflect your story, please try not to use the really strong words without at least camouflaging them a bit. An obscenity is any utterance or act that strongly offends the prevalent morality of the time. The infamous F word, for example, could therefore by shown as fxxk in the text. (This is afterall a website available for public viewing and we don't want to be brought up on charges). You should be able to get the general flavor of this request from reading many of the current media examples of personalities, celebrities, politicians and activists being quoted, who seemingly have never been educated in the eloquence of fine language. (click here for a primer on speaking eloquently). Generally only the first and last, or first few and last few letters of an obscene word need to be shown for the reader get the full impact of the word.

Thank you for your cooperation!
The table below lists sea stories, essays or testimonials submitted by USSVB members regarding their experiences in, with and about the United States Submarine Service. Click on their link below to read their story in Adobe PDF format. We thank all members who have taken the time to share their thoughts and experiences with us.  
The Brotherhood of Submarine Sailors
by Warren P. Rucker, CS2(SS), USN
Diving Officer Under Confusion
by Christopher D. Knaggs, CAPT, USN (Ret)
Madder than a Wet Hen
by William Anderson, FTB1(SS)
Historical Look at U.S. Navy Diesel Boat Service
Submitted by Bill Lewis, LT, USN
A Submarine Adventure - Deepest Streaker Story
Submitted by ES1 District Commander Dave Campbell, CDR, USN (Ret)
A Great Submarine Story
Submitted by Dr. Robert Mayfield, LCDR, USN (Ret)
Security-Insecurity The Ray Way
Submitted by John Williams, MM1(SS)
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