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Goodner Is Submarine School 2012 Sailor of the Year

Leading Petty Officer of the Fire Control Technician Advanced Training Pipeline, Sean Goodner, is Naval Submarine School’s 2012 Sailor of the Year.

Leading Petty Officer of the Fire Control Technician Advanced Training Pipeline, Sean Goodner, is Naval Submarine School’s 2012 Sailor of the Year.

Fire Control Technician First Class (Submarines) Sean Goodner is Naval Submarine School’s 2012 Sailor of the Year.

Petty Officer Goodner, the Leading Petty Officer of the Fire Control Technician Advanced Training Pipeline, is responsible for the leadership, mentorship, and qualification of six Instructors. Additionally, he is Course Supervisor for seven courses, including the Master Fire Control Technician Pipeline, totaling 544 curriculum hours with more than 100 students. Goodner annually provides basic and advanced training to over 5,000 officer and 7,000 enlisted sailors.

A native of Pasadena, Texas, Goodner, who joined the Navy in 2005, reported as an instructor in the Advanced Training and Readiness Department in May 2010 and qualified as a Navy Master Training Specialist (MTS) in August 2012.

Goodner also serves as the Silver Dolphins administration officer, and is responsible for the daily personal affairs for 40 of Naval Submarine School’s most promising initial accession Sailors who perform in over 200 community events and patriotic observances as a flag team, color guard and rifle drill team annually across New England.

The usually voluble Goodner was surprised and humbled by his selection. “I’m fortunate to be a member of the instructional team here in the schoolhouse. As an instructor you have a rare and rewarding opportunity to leave your fingerprints on the next generation of Undersea Warrior. It’s a challenge that’s both daunting but also exhilarating!

“We have so many talented sailors on the staff, it’s an honor to even be considered and to be selected is truly amazing! I’m fortunate to have great shipmates as instructors in my department and together, we work hard to set high expectations and maintain even higher standards of performance both for ourselves and our students. In many ways, this award is recognition of all of our hard work.”

In celebrating Goodner’s achievement, Captain David Roberts, commanding officer, Naval Submarine School, noted, “Petty Officer Goodner’s dedication, leadership and sustained superior performance is nothing less than extraordinary. He embodies exactly what any command needs in a First Class Petty Officer, providing energetic and intrusive deck plate leadership and much needed mentorship to junior sailors.

“His attention to every critical detail and ability to foresee problems is unmatched. Petty Officer Goodner always takes on the hardest assignments and always produces the best results. He has unlimited potential that would guarantee success in any position of greater responsibility.”

Goodner now advances to the next level of consideration and competition, as the Submarine Learning Center (SLC) Sailor of the Year, together with select Sailors from SLC training sites in Norfolk, Virginia, San Diego, California, Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, as well as the Trident Training Facilities in  Silverside, Washington and Kings Bay, Georgia.

The sailor selected in that review will then represent the SLC as its nominee for the Naval Education and Training Command 2012 Sailor of the Year.

USS Nautilus, SSN-571, “Revolutionized” EB Shipbuilding and U.S. Naval Warfare

Representatives of a proud history are, left to right are Henry Nardone, who was the Navy Supervisor of Shipbuilding project officer on Nautilus and later worked at EB for 37 years; John J. Kelly, who retired from Electric Boat as director of nuclear quality control and who participated in the last major repair period on Nautilus in Groton; and Paul Tranchida, who made valves, manifolds, and torpedo-tube doors for Nautilus while working in the shipyard foundry.

At a small but significant ceremony in Elecric Boat’s South Yard on June 14, Electric Boat and Navy representatives—and a few of the actual builders—of USS Nautilus, SSN-571, gathered to commemorate the 60 year anniversary of the keel-laying of the historic vessel.

Electric Boat President Kevin Poitras recalled that it was “60 years ago today—on this spot—[that] President Harry S. Truman laid the keel for USS Nautilus, the world’s first nuclear-powered submarine.

“The company’s involvement in the project came in response to an extraordinary challenge from Admiral Hyman Rickover, the visionary naval leader who is considered the father of the nuclear navy.”

Poitras cited President Harry S Truman’s remarks at the 1954 ceremony, quoting him:

“I wish I could convey to everyone what a tremendous and wonderful thing has been accomplished. All of this has been accomplished in an amazingly short period of time. When it was started four years ago, most people thought it would take 10 years if it could be done at all. …But one tough problem after another has been conquered in a fashion that seems almost miraculous, and the work has forged ahead …”

And Poitras also recalled the words familiar to residents of southeastern Connecticut of any age.

“Less than three years later,” Poitras recounted, “Nautilus went to sea, transmitting the famous message, ‘Underway on Nuclear Power.’”

Navy Lieutenant Commander Robert Sawyer, officer-in-charge of the Nautilus museum, spoke as a naval officer and historian, reflecting on the importance of the vessel in symbolic and practical terms.

“Of Nautilus,” he stressed, “we can say that the men and women who built her were a credit to American skill, hard work, and innovation. These were the artisans of Electric Boat, Westinghouse, and hundreds of other industry and Navy partners.

“What an incredible achievement: little more than four years passed from Congressional authorization in July 1951 to commissioning on September 30, 1954, when Nautilus joined the fleet, bringing radically new technologies and capabilities.

“She shattered submerged speed and endurance records. In the 84 hours of her shakedown cruise, she traveled submerged 1,300 miles to San Juan, Puerto Rico, averaging about 16 knots. In that journey, she traveled continuously submerged 10 times farther than any previous submarine, and 84 times longer than any submarine had done at such a high submerged speed

“Most famously, she reached the North Pole in 1958—in a daring adventure that captured headlines and gave the United States the strategic advantage of an entire ocean at the very top of the world.

“The success of Nautilus changed the equations that described a superpower.  The other world powers scrambled to join this club. The process and discipline established by Admiral Rickover has allowed the United States to decisively establish and maintain undersea warfare superiority.

“We simply must continue the work begun with Nautilus,” Taylor concluded.

LCAC-71 Storms Hole-in-the-Wall to Kick Off OpSail

by Jon Persson

(Watch two videos of LCAC-71 Storming the Beach here: http://www.youtube.com/user/TheResidentNews?feature=watch)

Stormin' the sands of Niantic, LCAC-71 kicks up a wall of spray.

It’s D-Day..of a different kind.

It’s a sunny Friday, July 6, at 1600 hours and LCAC 71 storms the Hole-In-The-Wall Beach at McCook Point Park, in Niantic.

This is a well orchestrated operation of the the Navy Dock Landing Ship USS Carter Hall launching the Landing Craft Air Cushion from an offshore moored position. Spectators line the shore, covering the park’s expansive grassy hillside vista and along the rocky embankments which surround much of the park.

As the opening event of OpSail 2012CT, the Carter Hall and her LCAC bring to Niantic’s beach an event otherwise limited to distant viewing of the fleet of ships anchored off Niantic Harbor. The fleet, intermixed with private pleasure craft, includes a number of schooners, two Coast Guard vessels, the Coast Guard barque Eagle, and the Carter Hall, which at 609 feet dominates the horizon with her gray profile.

Soon, the LCAC can be seen, a giant spume of spray blasting into the air along her port side, curving over the vessel as it runs towards the beach. LCAC 71 makes two mock assaults on Hole-In-The-Wall Beach, the first a straight-on landing which sees the vessel completely ashore, her inflatable hull ring immediately deflated. A number of uniformed personnel disembark, and a contingent of dignitaries board for a pre-announced LCAC landing.

The second landing, at higher speed than the first, ends with a dramatic side-slip landing which brings the LCAC to rest high and dry and artfully turned sideways. The demonstration is completed with the deployment of a Humvee and a combat truck.

At the press conference which follows, Captain Timothy Spratto, Commodore of Amphibious Squadron Six, illustrates just how impressive the LCAC force is: “Seventy-two LCACs in the Navy inventory,” he says,  each capable of “carrying up to 72 tons  at speeds up to 40 knots with a range of 200 miles.” Their range gives them an “over the horizon” capability, allowing a greater element of surprise. They can deploy a squad of marines, trucks, even an M1A1 main battle tank. The USS Carter Hall is the tenth vessel of her kind, which carry a crew of 500 Navy and Marine personnel in “the Blue-Green team.”