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Arizona Submarine Veterans
Perch Base
Phoenix, AZ
United States Submariners

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Western Regional Roundup - April 23 - 27 - in Las Vegas.       ★       Annual Picnic Meeting - May 12 - at White Tanks Park.       ★       Armed Forces Day Parade - May 19 - in Flagstaff.       ★      
USS Thresher Monument At Arlington

USS Thresher Monument At Arlington
The USS Thresher Arlington National Cemetery Memorial Foundation needs your help to realize our mission of erecting a National USS Thresher Commemorative Monument on the hallowed grounds of Arlington National Cemetery to honor and perpetuate the memories, and SUBASFE legacy, of the 129-men lost aboard USS Thresher on April 10, 1963.
A link to a project supporter's template letter is available HERE. Would you please download, fill out and send to Ms. Karen Durham-Aguilera, Executive Director, Army National Military Cemeteries?

USS Thresher

Lest we forget to perpetuate the memory of our shipmates who gave their lives in the pursuit of their duties while serving their country. . .
55 years ago, on April 10, 1963, the USS Thresher (SSN-593) sailed off into history on her final and eternal patrol.
Lost on April 10, 1963 with the loss of 112 crew members and 17 civilian technicians during deep-diving exercises. 15 minutes after reaching test depth, she communicated with USS Skylark that she was having problems. Skylark heard noises "like air rushing into an air tank" - then, silence. Rescue ship Recovery (ASR-43) subsequently recovered bits of debris, including gloves and bits of internal insulation. Photographs taken by Trieste proved that the submarine had broken up, taking all hands on board to their deaths in 1,400 fathoms of water, some 220 miles east of Boston.
"Sailors, rest your oars, we have the watch."
Visit the Perch Base Eternal Patrol page.

2018 Western Regional Roundup raffle photo

The Arizona Silent Service Memorial Foundation is sponsoring a fund raising raffle.
Three prizes will be awarded:
2nd Runner-up – A $100.00 pre-paid gift card.
1st Runner-up – An 8”x 8” Arizona Silent Service Memorial paver. A $200.00 value.
Grand Prize – A wood carving of the boat of your choice. A $300.00 value.
The Grand Prize winner will have his or her choice of a hand carved submarine model made from exotic woods (see photos above).
The drawing will be held at the April 2018 Western Regional Roundup in Las Vegas. You need not be present to win!
View more details in THIS FLYER.

Current Newsletter

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The new MidWatch newsletter is published. Click HERE to read the new issue.

February 2018 Laveen Parade Photos

Perch Base participated on February 3, 2018 in the Laveen Community Parade.
The parade theme was "Cultivating a Community!"
View more details and pictures HERE.

January 2018 Annual Awards Banquet Photos

Annual Awards Banquet
Congratulations to Don Unser who received the "Sailor of the Year" award at the Perch Base Annual Awards Banquet on January 20, 2018.
Bryan Pellegrini, Don Unser and George Woods were inducted into the Holland Club (qualified submarines for 50+ years.)
Captain Norman Wells Mims, Jr., USN Retired, gave the keynote address.
View more awards and pictures HERE.

December 2017 Pearl Harbor Day Photos

Perch Base attended the Pearl Harbor Day event on 12/07/2017 at the Wesley Bolin Plaza by the Arizona State Capitol to place wreaths during the ceremony.
We placed two wreaths. One for the WW2 Submarine Veterans and one for Perch Base.
View the pictures HERE.

ARA San Juan

Although we usually only remember boats of the U.S. Navy, we extend our thoughts and prayers to the 44 “Brothers (and Sister) of the Phin” and their families in Argentina. The ARA San Juan was returning from a routine mission to Ushuaia, near the southernmost tip of South America, when it reported an "electrical breakdown“ on November 15, 2017 and was not heard from again. More than a dozen countries have participated in the search for the sub that still remains lost at sea. 40 Shipmates Lost.
"Sailors, rest your oars, we have the watch."
Visit the Perch Base Eternal Patrol page.

2017 Sierra Verde Elementary Veteran Appreciation Photos

Sierra Verde Elementary School
Perch Base took the USS Phoenix float to the Sierra Verde Elementary School for a static display on Thursday, November 9, 2017.
Sierra Verde, a Science, Technology, Engineering & Math (STEM) school, conducted a Veterans Appreciation Day program.
What a crowd!
View more pictures at the school HERE.

Black Canyon Veterans Day photos

Phoenix Veterans Day Parade
Perch Base took the USS Phoenix float to the Phoenix Veterans Day Parade on Saturday, November 11, 2017.
Our COB still fits in his dress blues!
View more pictures of the parade HERE.

Black Canyon Veterans Day photos

Anthem & Black Canyon City
Perch Base took the USS Phoenix float to the Anthem (Daisy Mountain Vets) and Black Canyon City, Arizona, Veterans Day Parades on Saturday, November 4, 2017.
View more pictures of the Anthem Parade HERE and Black Canyon Parade HERE.

October Billy Moore Days (Avondale) photos

Billy Moore Days
Perch Base took the USS Phoenix (SSN-702) float for our second time to participate in the Billy Moore Days Parade in Avondale on Saturday, October 28, 2017. Avondale's founding father, William "Billy" G. Moore, arrived in Arizona in the late 1860s.
View more details and pictures HERE.


Perch Base Life Member and Holland Club member Tim Moore is also the Chairman of the Arizona Silent Service Memorial (ASSM) Committee. Tim gave a radio interview with Radio 1690 KDMT in Denver, CO about the ASSM project on October 9, 2017. The interview is about 10 minutes long and you can listen to the interview HERE.
Visit the ASSM website.

August 2017 Richard Kunze Eternal Patrol Photos

Richard Kunze
Our Perch Base Commander Richard Kunze departed on Eternal Patrol on August 14, 2017.
A memorial service was held Saturday, August 19, 2017 at the Surprise/Sun City Salvation Army.
An inurnment ceremony with full Navy honors was conducted September 27, 2017, at the National Cemetery of Arizona.
View and read more HERE.

Your Brothers of the 'Phin Have the Watch.
Fair Winds and Following Seas, Shipmate.

Eternal Patrol Dolphins

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."

September 2017 Scholarship presentation Photos

Base Scholarships
Congratulations to the 2017 Base Scholarship recipients.
Marley DeGroodt
Cameron Millette
Jacen Millette
Nathaniel Tippett
Jaid Urness
The Arizona Submarine Veterans Perch Base (Perch Base) believes it is part of our mission to assist, where possible, the dependent sons, daughters and grandchildren of our members in pursuit of a post-high school education.
View and read more about the Base Scholarship presentation HERE.

Veterans Heritage Project logo

Veterans Heritage Project
Perch Base member Dick Noreika, Capt. USN (ret) encourages any submariners, but especially diesel boat sailors, to register for the Veterans Heritage Project. Many or our older sub sailors are sadly going on eternal patrol with stories that will be lost forever.
Contact Dick to get registered by emailing him at jnoreika@hotmail.com, or snail mail to P.O. Box 5272, Carefree, AZ 85377-5272.
Students in the Veterans Heritage Project (formerly Arizona Heritage Project) from chapter schools have conducted nearly 1,000 interviews with veterans from World War I to Afghanistan. An important reason to collect these narratives is to preserve them for future generations with the Veterans History Project at the Library of Congress in Washington DC, which has collected over 85,000 stories to date.

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The Loss of the Perch

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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 performed in the Korean and Vietnam Wars. Thirty submarines served in the Korean War, as detailed on the USS Bowfin Submarine website. Sixty-six submarines served in the Vietnam War, as detailed in a letter from United States Secretary of the Navy Ray Mabus.

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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 http://www.perch-base.org/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.