Gulp! Navy invites San Diego bloggers onto submarine

The USS Greeneville, a Los Angeles-class fast attack submarine (public domain photo courtesy of Wikipedia)

I recently got a most startling email: the U.S. Navy would like me to come aboard one of their submarines and blog about the experience.

Lt. Denise Garcia, public affairs officer for Submarine Squadron 11 based at Naval Base Point Loma, invited me and 7 other bloggers to an all-day embark aboard one of their Los Angeles-class fast attack submarines on January 15.

“You’ll be one of the first bloggers the San Diego-based sub community has hosted (I think you may be one of the first for the entire submarine community as well). The sub community prides itself on its silent service, but there’s much to talk about too. I think you’ll find the day aboard fascinating.”


How does one prepare for such a thing? Here’s what I’m going to do:

  • Purge every submarine sandwich joke from my mind, and resolve not to include them in my blog post.
  • Recognize that this will be somewhat different from my last sub ride – at Disneyland, finding Nemo (where they only warning we were issued was “No flash photography – we want to find Nemo, not blind Nemo”).
  • Fill out all 3 release forms and turn them in – the medical form, the photo-video release, and the “hold harmless” doc – and don’t let the language in them make my anxieties run wild.
  • Read Jenn Van Grove’s excellent blog post about her visit to the U.S.S. Nimitz aircraft carrier: Bloggers Embark, In the Mist.
  • Figure that there will probably be no Internet connectivity at however-many-thousand feet underwater, and strategize how to blog offline accordingly.
  • Though its been 40 years since his Navy service, pump my dad for tips.

Wish me luck, and watch this space for the recap!

2 Comments so far

  1. Scott Kingery (unregistered) on January 12th, 2010 @ 11:32 am

    I’m excited! You forgot “Watch Hunt for Red October” :)

  2. USS Hampton (unregistered) on January 14th, 2010 @ 10:43 am

    We’re excited to have you aboard! (And we do have internet connectivity. ;-)

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