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Submarine: Steel Boats/ Iron Men

This 55 minute video was voted the most realistic submarine movie. This 1989 documentary aboard the Los Angeles Class USS HYMAN G RICKOVER (SSN-709) shows life on a submarine, explores the work of Admiral Hyman G. Rickover, and provides a glimpse into the training process for new sailors. It examines the motivations and character of…

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The ILLINOIS and PASADENA are participating in ICEX2022

Be proud, 786 Club Members, your submarine made it’s first surface operation in the Arctic!  She is everywhere, carrying out the mission assigned to exercise American diplomacy and presence anywhere needed.  See article from Commander, Submarine Forces below. The ILLINOIS and PASADENA are participating in ICEX2022 which is under the operational control of RDML Rick…

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October 28, 2021 Commodore Mel Smith – Luncheon at ULCC

The 786 Club is pleased to announce a luncheon at the Union League Club of Chicago on Thursday, October 28th. It will be held from 11:00 AM to 1:30PM. We are honored to have Commodore Mel Smith traveling from Pearl Harbor especially to be with the 786 Club for this luncheon. He is the Commander…

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Testimony of ADM J. Frank Caldwell, Jr., Director of Naval Reactors, to the Senate Armed Services Committee Subcommittee on Strategic Forces (SASC-SF) on May 19, 2021

The attached is a  transcript of ADM Caldwell’s May 19, 2021 update to the SASC-SF on matters related to Naval nuclear powered propulsion. It is an excellent presentation of the many accomplishments of our nuclear powered assets (nuclear carriers and  attack & ballistic missile submarines) as well as how they are managed to ensure safety and…

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Wednesday, May 12, 2021 – Guest Speaker Vice Admiral Fritz Roegge, USN

The guest speaker on Wednesday, May 12, in the beautiful Crystal Room, will be Vice Admiral Fritz Roegge, USN who had an extensive career in the US Submarine Force including Commander, Submarine Force, Pacific Fleet. He recently retired as the President of the National Defense University. NDU is the University of the Chairman of the Joint…

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December 8, 2020 – 786 Club Podcast

A Hawaii-based panel of the immediate past CO (CDR Ron Hatt), immediate past COB (CMC Chris Bean), the USS ILLINOIS Ombudsman (Rebekah Lotito) and the President of the USS ILLINOIS FRG (Lauren Pennington) team up to discuss: 1.  How to make a nuclear attack submarine “battle ready” in its workup to deployment in West Pac…

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