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MONTHLY MEETING - Join us Saturday, August 8 at 1200 hours (noon if you’ve been out a while) at Dillon's Restaurant. Come at 1100 for time to "socialize." - If you need directions, click on the Google Map in the left column. August 22 - Plan on attending the Gudgeon Base Picnic in Prescott Valley. - Details will be issued later. September 7th through 12th - USSVI 2015 National Convention in Pittsburg, PA. - Details on Convention website at
Herb Coulter

Herb Coulter - Eternal Patrol:
Herb has remained comatose since his cancer exploratory surgery. The doctors have given the family no chance of Herb recovering. So Herb’s loved ones have made the painful decision to remove his life support Friday afternoon, July 31, 2015. The maneuvering watch has been set for his Eternal Patrol and this allows time for a final goodbye. Donna, Herb’s wife, has set it with hospital staff to allow shipmates and friends as visitors Thursday afternoon, July 30, 2015, and up to noon Friday, July 31, 2015.
He is in:
Room 415
Cardiac-Thoracic Unit
St. Joseph’s Hospital and Medical Center
350 West Thomas Rd.
Phoenix, AZ 85013
(602) 406-3000.
"Sailor, Fair Winds and Following Seas."

Perch Base challenge coin

Marcus, our Perch Base Storekeeper, is designing a challenge coin for Perch Base. Although no commitment for purchase is needed yet, he is looking for input on this 1.5 inch, 3mm thick high polish silver design and if you are interested in purchasing challenge coins.
Provide your feedback to Marcus at

July 2015 USS Scorpion model presentation at MEPS

The USS Scorpion (SSN-589) sailed off on Eternal Patrol with 99 men on May 22, 1968 while in transit across the Atlantic Ocean from Gibraltar to her home port at Norfolk, Virginia.
Perch Base member Mike Keating built a model of the USS Scorpion and presented it to the MEPS (Military Entrance Processing Station) in Phoenix, Arizona on July 15, 2015.
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US Flag

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."

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"


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.

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Script suitable for parades or other public events.
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Click here for a complete historical listing of all the classes of submarines.

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