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Phoenix, AZ
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USS Capelin

Lest we forget to perpetuate the memory of our shipmates who gave their lives in the pursuit of their duties while serving their country. . .
77 years ago, on Dec. 2, 1943, the USS Capelin (SS-289), sailed off into history on her final and eternal patrol.
Japanese records studied after the war listed an attack on a supposed United States submarine on 23 November, off Kaoe Bay, Halmahera. Evidence of an actual contact was slight, and the Japanese state that this attack was broken off. Enemy minefields are now known to have been placed in various positions along the north coast of Sulawesi (Celebes) in Capelin's area, and she may have been lost because of a mine explosion. Gone without a trace, with all her crew, Capelin remains in the list of ships lost without a known cause.
76 men were lost.
Your Brothers of the 'Phin Have the Watch.
Fair Winds and Following Seas, Shipmates.

Eternal Patrol Dolphins

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Veterans Crisis Line

Are you a Veteran in crisis or concerned about one?
Connect with the Veterans Crisis Line to reach caring, qualified responders with the Department of Veterans Affairs. Many of them are Veterans themselves. It is confidential and available every day, 24/7.
Click on the picture, above, to go to the VETERANS CRISIS LINE.

Happy Thanksgiving

Bringing back memories?
Happy Thanksgiving from your Webmaster to our Perch Base members and their families, and all those presently serving under the ocean blue!

2020 Gilbert Veterans Day Photos

Gilbert Veterans Day
Eight Perch Base members brought the USS Phoenix (SSN-702) to the 2020 Town of Gilbert, AZ Veterans Day Ceremony on November 5, 2020, at the Gilbert Regional Park.
The "Master of Ceremonies" was our own Perch Base Associate Member (and Miss Gilbert 2020), Danielle Skranak.
Just in case we didn't feel safe, this tank was parked right in front of the USS Phoenix to protect us!
View more details and pictures HERE.

New Facebook Page

Visit Our New Facebook Page
Come and visit, LIKE and FOLLOW our new Facebook Page, USSVI Perch Base Arizona.
Building a successful Social Media network for any organization is no longer a "we’ll think about it" topic. Today, it is a MUST DO for all nonprofit organizations, including United States Submarine Veterans, Inc. (USSVI) and its Bases. It is critical if we want to expand our membership growth and communicate our unique mission story in an effective and cost-effective manner.

10/10/2020 Meeting Photos

After not having a meeting since June and March, it was great to finally get together again at Dillon's BBQ in Glendale, AZ, for a meeting on October 10, 2020.

10/10/2020 Meeting Photos

In an uncommon alignment of the sun, moon and planets, four past Western District 1 (AZ, NM) Commanders were in attendance at the October 10, 2020, Perch Base USSVI meeting.
(l-r) Jack Messersmith, Jim Denzien, Dennis Ottley and Vic Van Horn.

Admiral Carlisle A. H. Trost Photos

ADM Carlisle Trost, USN (Ret.)
Some of you may have served with Admiral Carlisle Trost. It is with deep regret that we inform you of the passing of Admiral Carlisle A. H. Trost, former Chief of Naval Operations (CNO) on September 29, 2020. He was 90.
He qualified in submarines, aboard the USS Sirago (SS-485) in 1956. He also served on the USS Swordfish (SSN-579,) as the Executive Officer on submarine USS Scorpion (SSN-589,) as the Executive Officer on USS Von Steuben (SSBN-632 Blue,) and Commanding Officer on USS Sam Rayburn (SSBN-635 Blue.)
View the Eternal Patrol Notice HERE.
Your Brothers of the 'Phin Have the Watch.
Fair Winds and Following Seas, Shipmate.

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ASSM Opening Ceremony photos

ASSM Opening Ceremony
Monday, September 28, 2020, the ASSM Committee conducted a Ribbon Cutting ceremony, or as is the traditional greeting of a Submarine returning home to Pearl Harbor from a successful WestPac mission with a Hawaiian Lei instead of the ribbon.
View more pictures and discussion HERE.
SAVE THE DATE: April 17, 2021, for the ASSM Dedication Ceremony.

Bob Hanson

Bob Hanson Eternal Patrol
We are sad to report that Perch Base Life and Holland Club member and SVWWII member Robert Norman Hanson went on Eternal Patrol at the age of 99 on August 17, 2020 with his son Glen by his side.
Our condolences to his son Glen Hanson, daughter Ellen Austin and other members of the family.
Both Bob (Little Swede) and his older brother, Henry Howard Hanson (Big Swede) were crewmembers on the Seawolf (SS‑197), and Bob was the last surviving member of the original Seawolf crew. Bob enlisted when he was 18 in 1940, a year after his brother. They were both in Manila Bay on the Seawolf in the Philippines when Pearl Harbor was bombed. He was lucky to be transferred to another sub before the Seawolf was sunk with all hands lost due to friendly fire in 1944.
Bob's first two assignments were the USS Cero (SS‑225) and USS Threadfin (SS‑410). It was then, in 1941, that he was assigned to the Seawolf and qualified in submarines and completed 9 war patrols. After the Seawolf, he was assigned to the USS Guitarro (SS‑363) in 1944 as a plankowner where he completed 4 more war patrols prior to the end of World War 2.
After the war, Bob served on the USS Silversides (SS‑236) in 1945, USS Corsair (SS‑435) from 1946-1948, USS Sea Poacher (SS‑406) from 1953 to 1955, becoming a Chief Engineman (ENC). He also served on the USS Tautog (SS‑199) from 1955 to 1958 and finally the USS Crevalle (SS‑291) from 1958 to 1959. He served twenty years on subs until his retirement in 1959.
After retiring from the navy he continued to proudly serve his country working for the government in the Armed Forces training new personnel.
His Memorial and interment will be deferred due to the pandemic. Announcement to come.
View the full Eternal Patrol Notice HERE.
Your Brothers of the 'Phin Have the Watch.
Fair Winds and Following Seas, Shipmate.

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September 2020 Perch Base Williams Patriot Day Parade Photos

Patriots Day
Thirteen Perch Base Members and wives participated in the 1st Annual Patriot Day Parade in Historic Downtown Williams, AZ, on Saturday, September 12, 2020. The parade theme was "WE ARE STRONG."
Williams honored our distinguished men & women in uniform, the American veteran & their families, law enforcement, fire & first responders, and our doctors, nurses & frontline workers.
Both parade participants and the audience turned out in large numbers.
And anytime we pass the Rock Springs Cafe in Black Canyon City on the way to or from an event, some of us always stop for PIE!
See many more pictures of the Williams, AZ, Patriot Day Parade HERE.

ASSM construction photos

Found YOUR paver yet?
All the pavers have been placed at the Arizona Silent Service Memorial (ASSM).
Can you find yours?
The pictures of all the pavers are on the ASSM Construction Page HERE.

Robert Link Award

Robert Link Award
On 08/29/2020, USSVI National announced that Tim Moore was selected posthumously for the Robert Link National Commander’s Award.
Robert "Bob" Link was the first National Commander of USSVI.
This is the USSVI version of a “Letter of Commendation” from the National Commander. The selection and presentation of this Award is at the discretion of the National Commander, Selections are made by the National Commander, Wayne Standerfer.
View the full Eternal Patrol Notice HERE.
Your Brothers of the 'Phin Have the Watch.
Fair Winds and Following Seas, Shipmate.

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ASSM construction photos

The Arizona Silent Service Memorial was transported from Nate Decker's studio, The Bloc Project, in Anthem, AZ to its permanent location at Wesley Bolin Memorial Plaza on Thursday, August 27, 2020.
We set the MANEUVERING WATCH, SHIFTED COLORS, and put the Memorial (all 32,000 pounds) on a truck.
On the morning of 17 January 1955, at 11 am EST, Nautilus' first Commanding Officer, Commander Eugene P. Wilkinson, ordered all lines cast off and signaled the memorable and historic message, "Underway on Nuclear Power."
Since the tractor trailer is a diesel, and some of our members are DBF sailors, we declared that the ASSM is "Underway on Diesel Power."
The Memorial was secured on the trailer for the trip to Wesley Bolin Memorial Plaza. On the Usta Fish, we would "stow for sea" and then perform "Angles & Dangles" to verify that we didn't overlook anything.
The final construction steps, including placing the pavers is expected to be completed over the next couple weeks.
The official dedication ceremony will be April 17, 2021, but it will be open to the public as soon as it is completed.
See more pictures and video links HERE.

Vic Van_Horn

Congrats to Vic
The USSVI election results are IN!
Congratulations to our Perch Base Holland Club member and Life member Vic Van Horn who was elected as Western Regional Director!

Jim Nelson

Jim Nelson Eternal Patrol
Perch Base Holland Club Member Jim (Nellie) Nelson departed on Eternal Patrol on August 15, 2020.
Our condolences to his wife, Nancy, who was the Perch Base Subvettes President for many years, his son, Brent, who is also a Qualified Submariner, and the rest of the family.
Jim was our Perch Base Chief of the Boat (COB) in 2001, the Base Storekeeper from 2003 to 2008, and was awarded Perch Base Sailor of the Year Award in 2007.
View the full Eternal Patrol Notice HERE.
Your Brothers of the 'Phin Have the Watch.
Fair Winds and Following Seas, Shipmate.

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2020 Scholarship Presentation

Scholarship Presentation
Congratulations to the four children and grandchildren of Perch Base members who each received $1,000 scholarships during the August 5, 2020 Board of Directors meeting. The Perch Base treasury provided $1,000 toward scholarships, the Newman Family donated $1,000 in Jim's memory and the Perch Base Charitable Foundation provided the other $2,000 toward the scholarships.
Typically in the past, we would present the scholarships in person at a general meeting, but with so many meeting cancellations due to the COVID-19 pandemic, we weren't able to grant the scholarships in person this year. The Scholarship recipients were Paige Urness, Jaid Urness, Cameron Millette and Jacen Millette.
Paige and Jaid Urness are the Daughters of Perch Base member Chris Urness. Cameron and Jacen are Grandsons of our Perch Base Commander Howard Doyle.
Chris Urness provided a photo of Paige receiving her scholarship check.
See more pictures and Thank You cards from our scholarship recipients HERE.

Bill Woolcott

Bill Woolcott Eternal Patrol
Perch Base Holland Club and Life Member Bill Woolcott departed on Eternal Patrol on August 6, 2020.
Our condolences to Sharon, and the rest of the family.
Bill was a dual member with both Perch Base and Wisconsin Base, wintering in the Phoenix, Arizona area. Some of our membership will remember the many parades with the USS Phoenix (SSN‑702) that our Base participated in for Bill and the other residents of the Paradise RV Park on St. Patrick's Day.
No services are planned at this time.
View the full Eternal Patrol Notice HERE.
Your Brothers of the 'Phin Have the Watch.
Fair Winds and Following Seas, Shipmate.

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Tim Moore

Tim Moore Eternal Patrol
Perch Base Holland Club and Life Member Tim Moore departed on Eternal Patrol on July 31, 2020.
Our condolences to his Sons Darren and Kevin, and the rest of the family.
Tim Moore was the Chairman of the Arizona Silent Service Memorial (ASSM) to be built in Wesley Bolin Memorial Plaza in front of the Arizona State Capital Building. As stated by his fellow ASSM Board Member, Chris Urness, "Tim passionately carried this Memorial for the past several years, all the way to the 1 yard line. It’s beyond heart-breaking that he’s doesn’t get to see it through to the finale." Ground breaking at the Memorial Plaza is scheduled for Monday, August 3rd and the public dedication ceremony is scheduled for the fall of 2020.
Tim previously served as the Perch Base Commander, Vice-Commander and Base Secretary.
A Remembrance Ceremony For Tim at the Sun City Salvation Army chapel was held on August 13, 2020.
View the full Eternal Patrol Notice HERE.
Your Brothers of the 'Phin Have the Watch.
Fair Winds and Following Seas, Shipmate.

Eternal Patrol Dolphins

August 2020 ASSM Groundbreaking Ceremony

ASSM Groundbreaking!
Monday, August 3rd, 2020, Perch Base members, Sunland Construction personnel, artists, designers, engineering personnel and others conducted a Groundbreaking Ceremony for the Arizona Silent Service Memorial (ASSM) at Wesley Bolin Memorial Plaza in front of the Arizona State Capital Building. The event opened with a touching eulogy for the ASSM Foundation Chairman, Tim Moore, who had just passed on Eternal Patrol several days earlier on July 31.
Read more and see more pictures and videos of the Groundbreaking Ceremony HERE and pictures of the construction progress HERE.

August 2020 Ray Marshall 100th Birthday Drive-By

Ray Marshall's
100th Birthday

On Monday 8/3/2020, ENC(SS) Raymond Marshall, a WW2 veteran who made 12 war patrols on two different boats, was 100 years old. We celebrated his birthday on Sunday 8/2/2020, due to traffic considerations and availability of his neighbors that are working folks and would be unavailable on Monday.
The celebration was, for most attendees a drive by affair, because of Covid‑19 concerns. Ray, his daughter Marion, and his son-in-law Ron are all in the high risk group and have been self isolating for months.
Those 3 were under a shade structure in front of the house and NOBODY, including the base members that were there as part of the work crew, got any closer than that shade structure to them. There was no handshakes, hugs, high fives or kissy facing!
See photos, video and more about Ray HERE.

We Trained For This Photo

We Trained For This!
With all the recent activity and cancellations as a result of the Corona Virus, this speaks for itself!

Membership map

The image, above, shows that we have members all over metropolitan Phoenix. Left-click on the image for a larger view. If you are a Perch Base member and would like to consider carpooling, you are willing to pickup another member, or you need a ride to meetings or events, send an email to the webmaster at webmaster@perch-base.org.
The Board of Directors will attempt to match you with another nearby member who has similarly asked to carpool, or is willing to pickup another member. The Board will then provide the name, email, and phone number to the interested members that can then get in touch with each other to make specific arrangements. We are not publicly posting names or personal information to maintain privacy.
Keep in mind that if you wait until the last minute to request a match-up for a particular event, we may not be able to respond in time.

Map to Dillon's Restaurant

We meet the second Saturday of every month at 1200 hours (noon if you’ve been out a while) at Dillon's Restaurant, 20585 North 59th Ave, Glendale, AZ 85308-6821 (Left-click address, or the map above, for a Google map to Dillon's.) Come at 1100 for time to "socialize."
NOTE: Several recent meetings have been cancelled due to the coronavirus. Check our SAILING ORDERS page before "dropping in" on a meeting!

Boat Sponsorship Program patch

The purpose of the Boat Sponsorship Program (BSP) is to make the active duty submarine force members aware of USSVI and provide them with information about our activities through sponsorship of the American Submariner to the various Submarine related organizations. After all, these force members represent the future core membership of USSVI.
Perch Base is a sponsor, but did you know that individual members may sponsor each Fast Attack Submarine and/or each crew of the Boomers? Magazines are also sent to VA hospitals, NROTC units, schools and other places. The cost is $30 per year for a total of 12 magazines (three each of the four annual volumes.)
Our Perch Base Life Member Vic Van Horn is the USSVI BSP Program Manager. Let’s make Vic proud. Check your copy of the American Submariner to sign up for the program.

USS Finback rescuing George H.W. Bush USS Finback rescuing George H.W. Bush

Lt. (jg) George Herbert Walker Bush
In the upper picture, above, the crew of the USS Finback (SS-230) rescues downed pilot, Lieutenant Bush of Torpedo Squadron 51 on September 2, 1944 after Japanese antiaircraft defense shot down his torpedo bomber between the northeastern end of Minami Jima and the southern tip of Chichi Jima. (Left-click the picture to enlarge.)
In the bottom picture, Rescued pilots and the crew and officers of the Finback. Lt. (jg) George Herbert Walker Bush is second from the left in the front row.
Bush, and 4 other rescued aviators remained on the Finback as "guests" while she tracked and attacked convoys, endured depth charges from Japanese escort ships, and sank two ships (an oiler and small cargo ship). The five ended their stay on the Finback on Midway Island on September 29, after 29 days aboard the submarine (and crossing the international date line).
Read more about how the submarine service performed "Lifeguard Duty" during WW2 in the National Archives HERE.

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The Loss of the Perch

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US Flag at half staff

When should I fly the American Flag at half staff?

Check out the Arizona Half Staff Notification web site.

65 U.S. Submarines never returned to port. Click on Eternal Patrol and see pictures and stories of the "boats" that remain at sea . . . forever, on eternal patrol.

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USSVI Creed:

"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.

In addition to perpetuating the memory of departed shipmates, we shall provide a way for all Submariners to gather for the mutual benefit and enjoyment. Our common heritage as Submariners shall be strengthened by camaraderie. We support a strong U.S. Submarine Force.

The organization will engage in various projects and deeds that will bring about the perpetual remembrance of those shipmates who have given the supreme sacrifice. The organization will also endeavor to educate all third parties it comes in contact with about the services our submarine brothers performed and how their sacrifices made possible the freedom and lifestyle we enjoy today."

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We honor those submariners
who have never
returned to port
and remain on
Eternal Patrol

Link to boats on Eternal Patrol

Click on the picture, above,
to see those boats on
"Eternal Patrol"

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Officer Dolphins

WE are an organization with but one simple requirement to join
— have you ever worn Dolphins?
(been designated, "Qualified in Submarines.")

All of us have served their country
in the Silent Service

Enlisted Dolphins


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Because we are the "SILENT SERVICE," many people are unaware of the services our submarine Brothers of the 'Phin performed in the Korean and Vietnam Wars. Thirty submarines served in the Korean War, as detailed on the Korean War Educator website *. Sixty-six submarines served in the Vietnam War, as detailed in a letter from United States Secretary of the Navy Ray Mabus. Also check out the related SubVet_News-2019-030 regarding Agent Orange exposure by Blue Water veterans.

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Click here for the Submarine Glossary

Click on the Blackboard for a Complete Glossary of Submarine, Naval and Nautical Terms

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Click on this sentence, or the photo, below, to see how the float was constructed

Pictures showing how the float was constructed

To honor those who currently serve, and those who went before us, we built this float that we use in parades and static displays. The float is a 1/15 scale model of the nuclear powered submarine USS Phoenix (SSN-702,) named after our city. The Phoenix was a Los Angeles-class submarine that was 362 feet long and, on the surface, had 32 feet of the ship under water.

Need a description of the Perch Base float, a scale model of the USS Phoenix (SSN-702)?
Click on the document icon, below, to get the approved and authentic script suitable for parades or other public events.

Refer the event organizers to Float-Announcer-Script.pdf

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Click here for the Submarine Glossary

Click here for a complete historical listing of all the classes of submarines.