ince Holland VI was accepted in 1900, our submarines have evolved from small submersibles with limited capability to proven warfighters to today's nuclear-powered, multimission warships. A century of technological innovation, undersea exploration, and adaptation to changing strategic and defense needs have made today's Submarine Force ready to respond across the spectrum of conflict.
Noteworthy is the immense contribution during World War II in which U.S. submarines sank over 4,800,000 tons of Japanese merchant ships and 214 naval vessels. Fifty-two of the 288 U.S. submarines and 3,505 men who manned them were lost.
In the Korean War, U.S. submarines consistently patrolled hostile waters on covert missions.
With the advent of nuclear power under Admiral Rickover, our attack submarines became the premier antisubmarine warfare (ASW) force and accomplished extremely sensitive missions of great importance to our national security. Strategic submarines made over 3,000 deterrent patrols during the Cold War while safely and reliably controlling the nuclear weapons under their responsibility.
Today, the Submarine Force enters its second century of service conducting complex operations demanding a stealthy, mobile, high-endurance platform with great firepower. This dominant undersea force is manned by extraordinary people with superb support forces and backed by the finest families.
Admiral Henry G. Chiles, Jr., USN (Ret)
Chairman of the Submarine Centennial Committee