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Arizona Submarine Veterans
Perch Base
Phoenix, AZ
United States Submariners

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USS Sunfish Reunion - Tuesday, June 21 thru Sunday, June 26 - See Sailing Orders page for details. Online voting - Now OPEN - Vote by August 10. Prescott Frontier Days© Parade - Saturday, July 2 - Staging at 8AM. July Monthly Meeting - Saturday, July 9 -   The cut-off date for getting a hotel room at the convention rate is - Thursday, July 14. - Reservations after that date may be at a higher rate.
USS O-9

Lest we forget to perpetuate the memory of our shipmates who gave their lives in the pursuit of their duties while serving their country. . .
75 years ago, on June 20, 1941, the USS O-9 (SS-70) sailed off into history on her final and eternal patrol.
While conducting test dives off Portsmouth, NH with sister ships O-6 and O-10, O-9 failed to surface. Flooding, which led to exceeding test depth caused the hull to crush. The actual hull location was located - but remains a secret - in 1997.
33 men were lost.
"Sailors, rest your oars, we have the watch."
Visit the Perch Base Eternal Patrol page.

Dan Moss

ASSM
Arizona Silent Service Memorial (ASSM) Chairman and Perch Base member Dan Moss was interviewed on KFNX Radio 1100 AM by radio host Mike “Shoe Shine” Gebhart about the Memorial.
Listen to interview HERE and visit the ASSM Website.

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USS Sunfish Reunion
The USS Sunfish SSN 649 (SS 281) is having a reunion at The Hotel Valley Ho, in Scottsdale from Tuesday, June 21 thru Sunday, June 26.
Even if you are not a Sunfish Sailor, Perch Base is invited to their activites and to help with transportation. You will be expected to pay your share if you participate in events, such as receptions, memorial service, cookout, and banquet.
See the Sailing Orders page for the schedule and more details.

USS Bonefish

Lest we forget to perpetuate the memory of our shipmates who gave their lives in the pursuit of their duties while serving their country. . .
71 years ago, on June 18, 1945, the USS Bonefish (SS-223), sailed off into history on her final and eternal patrol.
While operating in a wolf pack, Bonefish requested and received permission to conduct a daylight submerged patrol of Toyama Wan, a bay farther up the Honshū coast. The boats were equipped with new mine detecting equipment. The attack group was to depart the Sea of Japan via La Perouse Strait on the night of 24 June. Bonefish did not make the scheduled pre-transit rendezvous. Japanese records reveal that a 5,488 ton cargo ship was torpedoed and sunk in Toyama Wan on 19 June and that an ensuing severe counterattack by Japanese escorts brought debris and a major oil slick to the water's surface. There can be little doubt that Bonefish was sunk in this action.
85 men were lost.
"Sailors, rest your oars, we have the watch."
Visit the Perch Base Eternal Patrol page.

USS Golet

Lest we forget to perpetuate the memory of our shipmates who gave their lives in the pursuit of their duties while serving their country. . .
72 years ago, on June 14, 1944, the USS Golet (SS-361), sailed off into history on her final and eternal patrol.
Japanese antisubmarine records available after the war revealed that Golet was the probable victim of a Japanese antisubmarine attack made 14 June 1944. These records mention that the attack brought up corks, rafts, and other debris and a heavy pool of oil, all evidence of the sinking of a submarine.
82 men were lost.
"Sailors, rest your oars, we have the watch."
Visit the Perch Base Eternal Patrol page.

Walt Blomgren

Walt Blomgren
Perch Base member Walt Blomgren went on Eternal Patrol on May 24, 2016. Walt was our Base Chaplain in 2009-2012 and Event Coordinator in 2013. He was a member of the Holland Club, having qualified in submarines over 50 years ago.
Walt was born in 1938 and enlisted in the Navy from 1957 to 1961, leaving as an EN2(SS). He served and qualified on the Argonaut (SS-475) from 1957 to 1959 and then on the Halfbeak (SS-352) from 1960 to 1961.

A brief military service will be conducted at the National Memorial Cemetery of Arizona on Cave Creek Road on Tuesday, May 31 at 2:30 p.m.

SAILOR, REST YOUR OAR! YOUR WATCH HAS ENDED.
Your Brothers of the 'Phin Have the Watch.
Fair Winds and Following Seas, Shipmate.

View the obituary HERE.

Map to Dillon's Restaurant

JOIN US AT A MEETING.
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."

2016 Flagstaff AFDP

Flagstaff
A good turnout of Perch Base Members, wives and family participated in the Armed Forces Day Parade in Flagstaff on Saturday, May 21, 2016.
View more parade pictures HERE.

Annual Picnic

Annual Picnic
Perch Base held its Annual Picnic meeting on Saturday, May 14, 2016. Some members from Tautog Base from Casa Grande, White Mountain Base and Gudgeon Base from Prescott Valley also joined us.
Four Perch Base members were inducted into the Holland Club, having been qualified in submarines for 50 years.
View more picnic pictures HERE.

April 2016 Western Regional Roundup Photos

Western Regional Roundup
The Annual United States Submarine Veterans Western Regional Roundup was held from May 1, 2016 to May 6, 2016 at the Aquarius Casino Resort in Laughlin, NV.
Activities included a tour of the Submarine Memorial Museum at VFW 2555 in Golden Valley (near Kingman, AZ,) formal and informal luncheons and dinners, a boat ride, a fun nite, a joint BBQ with American Legion Post 60, and a Tolling of the Boats ceremony.
View more pictures HERE.

May 2016 Akimel-A-al Photos

Akimel-A-al
Perch Base took the USS Phoenix to Akimel-A-al Middle School on May 9, 2016, for a static display.
The students and staff put on an excellent Twenty Third Annual Patriotic Day Celebration program that made all the Veterans present feel appreciated. They even serenaded us and served us breakfast.
View more pictures HERE.

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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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communications@perch-base.org

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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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IF YOU'VE EARNED THESE...

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

...WE WANT YOU!

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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.

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