Submarine Command / Force Command


The executive officer of the Bremerton, Wash.- based fast attack submarine Connecticut was relieved March 8 due to a loss of confidence. Lt. Cmdr. Brett J. Sterneckert was relieved by Rear Adm. Phillip G. Sawyer, commander of Pacific Fleet’s submarine force based at Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam. Sterneckert was aboard Connecticut since June 2012. The relief was due to a loss of Sawyer’s confidence in Sterneckert’ ability to serve as executive officer, according to spokesman Cmdr. Brook DeWalt. DeWalt said the loss of confidence was due to job-related issues and not because of personal misconduct. A Naval Criminal Investigation Service investigation into the circumstances of the relief is ongoing. Sterneckert was administratively reassigned to Submarine Group 9 in Bangor, Wash.

Adm. H.G. Rickover: Birth of the Nuclear Navy; Controversies

In 1946, one year after the unleashing of nuclear forces for destruction at Hiroshima, a Navy group, headed by then Captain, now Vice Admiral H.G. Rickover, was sent to Oak Ridge for a year’s study of all available information concerning production of useful power from the atom

Throughout naval history there have been two important groups of men: the ones who fought the ships, and the ones who designed and constructed them. The ones who issued orders in the face of the enemy were the officers of the line of battle- the line officers. Designers and constructors were considered by line officers to be inferior. Yet success on the day of battle depended upon the skill of all.
The Navy of today is far ‘more complex than it has ever been, but the fundamental distinction still exists between the role of the line officer and that of the officer whose specialty is ship design and construction- the naval engineer. The matter is complicated because there are two types of engineers: those at sea operating the machinery and those ashore who are charged with the responsibility for design and development of new ships and their equipment.

Links to comments by his contemporaries and associates

When Admiral Hyman G. Rickover cleared his desk and took final departure from the U.S. Navy and the Naval Reactors Branch on the last day of January 1982, it marked the end of an era. None of us can quite share the feeling, for no one else ever completed 63 years of continuous active service before heading for pasture at age 82. The Norman Polmar and Thomas B. Allen biography of that career, written without Rickover’s support and published despite the threat of a lawsuit, offers a fascinating view of the spawning, growth, and maturation of the Rickover empire.*

*Norman Polmar and Thomas B. Allen, Rickover (New York: Simon and Schuster, 1982, $20.75), 744 pages.

Engineering vs Operations

Diesel Electric vs Nuclear



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