March 2011
Issue No. Two
Did You Know?
USS Holland (SS-1)

was the United States Navy's first commissioned submarine, named for her Irish-American inventor, John Phillip Holland; although the first submarine of the US Navy was actually the 1862 Alligator.  The boat was originally laid down as Holland VI, and launched on 17 May 1897.  Holland VI made its first dive on Saint Patrick's Day, March 17, 1898, one hundred thirteen years ago this month.


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Looking for something Unique?


We have the Official Bubble Head Glass!


A Fun tidbit..

a Bubble Head is a nickname for the sailors who serve on a submarine)


          Peek at our

Online store for some 

gifts for your family and friends or maybe even for yourself.





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Ahoy Shipmate,


Time flies when you are having fun! We launched PING back in November and we would like to say thank you! We had an overwhelming response and March is the rekindling of our newsletter. Look for us each month in your inbox. We value your feedback so please share with us information you would like to see each month.


The Sub Force Library & Museum is a great place

to learn about our rich history. That is why our education programs are such an important part of what we do. Our staff always up with fun learning activities even for our youngest shipmates. We offer scavenger hunts, arts and craft lessons, after-school programs and birthday parties. In 2010 we had over 6,000 children participate in our activities.


Have you been to our Facebook page? We have over 5300 Fans! It is a great place to learn about history, engage with our sailors and their families and also learn about special events. "Like" our Page if you are not already a fan.

In 2011 we have many new exciting things to look for....
  • Submarine NR-1 exhibit
  • Audio Tours
  • More weekend activities & School Class Trips
  • School Visits by our Staff

Please keep in mind that all of your help is what makes this happen. Your gifts are welcome and appreciated. All of our donors will be listed in our Annual Donor Registry and recognized on our website. You can donate online or you may mail your donation to:

 Submarine Force Library & Museum Association

U.S. Naval Submarine Base

P.O. Box 501

Groton, CT 06349-5501

 We appreciate your support and be sure to come by for a visit soon.



Mike Riegel
Submarine Force Library & Museum Association




SeaPerch comes to the Museum! On February 16 and 17th 20 Middles School Tech teachers came and built an underwater ROV!




 SeaPerch is an innovative underwater robotics program that trains teachers to teach their students how to build an underwater Remotely Operated Vehicle (ROV) in an in-school or out-of-school setting. Building a SeaPerch will teach basic skills in ship and submarine design and encourages students to explore naval architecture and marine and ocean engineering concepts. Students will also learn very important engineering and design skills and will be exposed to all the exciting seaperch3careers that are possible in Naval Engineering, Naval Architecture, and Ocean and Marine Engineering, just to name a few. Most of all, the SeaPerch project is designed to be fun while also building teamwork and inspiring young minds


Peek at our video featured on Channel 8 WNTH 

Tech teachers learn underwater robotics
Tech teachers learn underwater robotics



           Come Join The Fun...



 April vacation is right around the corner.
We will be hosting many fun activities    
      April 22-24


Our youngest shipmates will be able to create and particpate in
  • Submarine Construction
  • Launching
  • & a friendly "competition" between Electric Boat and the Newport News

Remember to Save the date!