Date: April 11, 2024
Time: 10:00 am - 12:30 pm
Location: Carnegie Science Center, 1 Allegheny Ave, Pittsburgh, PA 15212
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In recognition of National Submarine Day on April 11 the Veterans Breakfast Club with Pittsburgh’s Carnegie Science Center (1 Allegheny Ave, Pittsburgh PA 15212) is holding a special event open to the public that will include a guided tour of the USS Requin (SS-481), a continental breakfast, and a storytelling program featuring US Navy submarine veterans.

Everyone is welcome to attend, but registration is required.

The pre-paid cost is $16 per person (paid online), which includes parking, admission to the Carnegie Science Center, the USS Requin tour, and the continental breakfast program event in the beautiful PointView Hall overlooking the river and city.

 

You may also pay at the door $18 per person. But we still need your reservation. Call us and let us know you’re coming at 412-623-9029 or email Betty betty@veteransbreakfastclub.org.

Please direct any questions to JoAnn at JoAnn@veteransbreakfastclub.org or 412-623-9029.

April 11 is celebrated as National Submarine Day, commemorating the anniversary of the United States Navy’s acceptance of its first modern submarine, the USS Holland (SS-1), in 1900.

Designed by John Philip Holland, the USS Holland marked a revolutionary moment in maritime warfare, fundamentally altering military strategy and the way nations approached naval conflicts. Today’s technologically advanced nuclear-powered submarines continue to reshape naval doctrines and strategies.

As the first practical submarine, the Holland introduced a new dimension to naval warfare by challenging the established surface-centric paradigm. This development forced naval strategists to reconsider their tactics, as submarines presented a stealthy and unpredictable threat.

Unlike surface ships, submarines could approach enemy vessels undetected, launching surprise attacks and disrupting traditional naval formations. This introduced an element of asymmetry to naval conflicts, as even the most powerful surface fleets were vulnerable to submarine attacks.

Submarines played a crucial role in both World Wars, significantly influencing the strategies of major powers. During World War I, German U-boats wreaked havoc on Allied shipping, effectively employing unrestricted submarine warfare. This strategy, though controversial, showcased the potential of submarines to disrupt supply lines and exert control over vital sea routes.

In World War II, advancements in submarine technology, such as improved torpedoes and increased underwater endurance, further enhanced their impact. The “Wolfpack” tactics employed by German U-boats, where multiple submarines coordinated attacks on convoys, became a formidable challenge for Allied forces. Conversely, the United States used submarines in the Pacific theater to isolate Japan by disrupting its maritime supply lines.

The Cold War brought about a new era of submarine development with the introduction of nuclear-powered submarines. These vessels could operate underwater for extended periods, reducing the need for frequent resurfacing and significantly increasing their range. Nuclear submarines also introduced ballistic missile capabilities, playing a critical role in the strategy of nuclear deterrence. The concept of strategic nuclear submarines, armed with intercontinental ballistic missiles (ICBMs), shifted the balance of power and contributed to the policy of mutually assured destruction (MAD) during the Cold War.

Beyond their offensive capabilities, submarines evolved to become essential platforms for intelligence gathering and reconnaissance. Their ability to remain undetected beneath the ocean’s surface allowed them to covertly monitor enemy activities, providing valuable information for military decision-makers.

Join us to hear stories from those who volunteered to serve in these remarkable boats, operating in confined spaces, facing the challenges of underwater navigation, and demonstrating the courage, cooperation, and know-how to keep the sub running on mission.

Thank you to Our Sponsors, Dignity Memorial and UPMC For Life!