top Franklin Native Propels Submarine Legacy into the Future
By Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Theodore Quintana, Navy Office of Community Outreach

Photo with the aid of means of Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Brad Gee

KINGS BAY, Ga. – As residents of Franklin pass about their day with the aid of means of day lives, members of the us Navy’s “Silent Service” submarine drive work under the ocean’s waves, continuing a culture that just a small fraction of army members will ever know: strategic deterrence.

Petty Officer 2nd Class Bow Shafer assigned to USS Florida hails from Franklin, Tennessee, and is a 2014 graduate of Fred J. Page High School who takes on the process to execute certainly one of the Defense Department’s principal project of strategic deterrence.

Shafer is an electronics technician, submarine, navigation stationed on the Naval Submarine Base Kings Bay, homeport to the Ohio-class ballistic-missile and guided-missile submarines.

"Naval Submarine Base Kings Bay is residence to all East Coast Ohio-class submarines," mentioned Rear Adm. Jeff Jablon, commander, Submarine Group 10. "Team Kings Bay ensures our crews are fight prepared while referred to as upon, placing our submarine forces on scene, unseen."

“We train charts while we cross underway and construct routes for navigation,” Shafer said.

Shafer credit continued success within the Navy to lots of the courses realized in Franklin.

“In my hometown I realized that household is important,” Shafer said. "When you subscribe to the Navy, you might at all times be a actual shipmate to the folks you're employed with."

Guided-missile submarines (SSGNs) offer the Navy with unprecedented strike and assorted operation project abilities from a stealthy, clandestine platform, according to Jablon. Armed with tactical missiles and geared up with ultimate communications capabilities, SSGNs are able of immediately aiding combatant commander's strike and Special Operations Forces (SOF) requirements. The Navy's 4 guided-missile submarines, every displace 18,750 lots submerged. Each SSGN is able of carrying 154 Tomahawk cruise missiles, plus a complement of heavyweight torpedoes to be fired by means of 4 torpedo tubes.

Shafer is facet of the boat's Blue crew, certainly one of the NULL rotating crews, which enable the boat to be deployed on missions extra typically with out taxing one team too much. A standard team in this submarine is approximately 150 officials and enlisted sailors.

The first submarine was invented by Yale graduate, David Bushnell, in 1775 and supplied the colonists with a mystery weapon within the sort of a one-man wood craft in an experimental submarine that was nicknamed the Turtle.

Although Bushnell’s efforts had been unsuccessful in makes an attempt to blow up British vessels throughout the American Revolution George Washington mentioned of the Turtle, “I then thought, and nonetheless think, that it was an attempt of genius.”

U.S. submarines might no longer be what a few have imagined. Measuring 560 ft long, 42-feet large and weighing extra than 16,500 tons, a nuclear-powered propulsion device allows push the send by means of the water at extra than 20 knots (23 mph).

Because of the demanding environment aboard submarines, personnel are authorized basically after rigorous testing, according to Navy officials. Submariners are a few of essentially probably the foremost highly-trained and professional folks within the Navy. Regardless of their specialty, everybody has to read how everything on the send works and how one can reply in emergencies to change into “qualified in submarines” and earn the proper to put on the coveted gold or silver dolphins on their uniform.

“I just like the tight knit network at this command,” Shafer said. “I have made a few lifelong pals proper the following and it makes the bad days better.”

Serving within the Navy means Shafer is facet of a global this is taking on new importance in America’s talk about rebuilding army readiness, strengthening alliances and reforming industry practices in aid of the National Defense Strategy.

A key aspect of the Navy the nation wants is tied to the reality that America is a maritime nation, and that the nation’s prosperity is tied to the talent to function freely on the world’s oceans. More than 70 percentage of the Earth’s floor is protected by water; 80 percentage of the world’s population lives near a coast; and 90 percentage of all international commerce by quantity travels by sea.

“Our priorities heart on people, abilities and processes, and might be completed by our talk about speed, value, effects and partnerships,” mentioned Secretary of the Navy Richard V. Spencer. “Readiness, lethality and modernization are the requirements riding those priorities.”

Though there are many methods for sailors to earn contrast of their command, community, and career, Shafer is most pleased with navigating the submarine in certainly one of essentially probably the foremost hard rivers to transit in.

As a member of certainly one of the us Navy’s most relied upon assets, Shafer and assorted sailors understand they're facet of a legacy which will final past their lifetimes offering the Navy the nation needs.

“Serving within the Navy means satisfaction for serving your nation and getting very good reviews from assorted countries,” Shafer said.