April 11 – Wear Your Dolphins to Work Day

 

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On April 11, 1900, the US Navy accepted the design of its first official submarine the USS Holland, named after the engineer and designer John Philip Holland. This is traditionally recognized as the birth of the US Submarine Service.

On this day, every submarine qualified individual should proudly wear their dolphins on their civilian shirt or jacket while at work. The goal is to raise awareness of the service you provided.

“If we can have a “take your daughter to work day”, why not have a “Wear your Dolphins to work day”? Earning Dolphins must be at least as hard a having a baby, right? So why are we hiding our achievement?” We were in the “Silent Service”, not the “Hide it like we are ashamed Service”. I know some sea lawyer is thinking that we aren’t supposed to wear uniform insignia with civvies, but we’re SUBMARINERS! We wore beards when the rest of the Navy was clean shaven! We wore Nikes as uniform of the day at sea. We hit golf balls off the bow at the North Pole! We wore civilian clothes on watch for half-way day. We have friends with names like “Warhead”!”

“If we can take pictures from inside Russian harbors, we can damn well wear our fish with civvies one day a year. Why not do it to celebrate the Submariner Force Birthday, April 11th?”

Written by “Dennis”, an ex Boomer COB

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