DVIDS – News – Submarine Group 9 Commander Hosts First Submarine Ball Since 2019

SILVERDALE, Wash. (April 9, 2022) – (NNS) Commander, Submarine Group (CSG) 9, in conjunction with United States Navy Submarine Commands, hosted the first Submarine Ball in three years on April 9.

The ball, held aboard Naval Base Kitsap – Bangor, saw a gathering of 460 US Navy officers from the respective commands that report to CSG 9 to honor the 122 anniversary of the Navy’s silent service.

“Due to COVID, it has been over two years since we were able to celebrate our submarine force’s anniversary,” said Rear Admiral Jeffery Jablon, submarine force commander, U.S. Fleet of the Pacific. “I think the underlying, unspoken reason we like getting together like this is because we’re family…Each submariner in this room has their own story, their own memory, probably more than one. And maybe that’s why we’re celebrating the 122nd anniversary of the greatest submarine force the world has ever seen.

The Submarine Ball is traditionally held in conjunction with National Submarine Day on April 11, which marks the first submarine commissioned by the US Navy.

“The underwater community is very small, so it’s good to get everyone together and reminisce,” said Cmdr. Lance Denhan, general manager of Naval Base Kitsap. “Events like this provide a fantastic opportunity to mingle with others who share what it means to be a ‘Submariner’.”

Pacific Northwest Submarine Forces plans to increase the number of events and ceremonies that have not been celebrated in person in recent years.

For more information on Commander, Submarine Group 9 units, visit www.facebook.com/SubGru9 or www.navy.mil/local/csg9/.

Date taken: 04.09.2022
Date posted: 04.11.2022 19:11
Story ID: 418297
Location: SILVERDALE, WA, United States

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