San Diego Sections Of SNAME And ASNE Hear Description Of SUBDEVGR1 Functions
The recent combined meeting of the San Diego Sections of The Society of Naval Architects and Marine Engineers and The American Society of Naval Engineers was hosted by the SNAME Section. The meeting was opened by Phil Weintraub, SNAME Section chairman, with several announcements, including the 1977 SNAME Spring Meeting and Star Symposium to be held in San Francisco, Calif., which will have the theme "Energy Research in the Oceans." A short report on the national SNAME meeting in New York was presented by George Uberti, who told of some of the papers presented, and announced this year's winners of the Society's medals.
Dave Krepchin, ASNE Section chairman, announced that the symposium on aircraft carriers was a great success. Also, that the nominations for the ASNE Section officers for this coming year are: chairman, John Snyder; vice chairman, Rich Stoklosa, and secretary-treasurer, Lou Gerken. Mr. Gerken, ASNE Program chairman, introduced the guest speaker for the evening, Comdr. John H. Howland, USN, Chief Staff Officer for Commander Submarine Development Group One.
Commander Howland presented an extremely interesting talk on the functions and duties of the command, SUBDEVGR1. The command's objectives consist of (1) development of submarine rescue techniques and hardware, (2) small object recovery, and (3) Man-in-the-Sea program. He went on to describe the capabilities and limitations of the command's current inventory of equipment and some of the achievements and retrievals the command has performed. The problems that the command is now working to solve are instrumentation in some of the vehicles and the retention of trained personnel, the limitations of the current inventory of tools used while working on the bottom, and finally, the launch and retrieval difficulties of the vehicles encountered due to the air-water interface.
The presentation was well received, and many knowledgeable questions followed Commander Howland's talk.