Fast Attack Submarine

Fast Attack Submarine Leadership

I am writing a new book, Fast Attack Leadership. Please share with me your submarine stories of everyday leadership, humor, great leaders, or unique events.

A fast attack submarine or “hunter-killer” submarine is a submarine specifically designed for the purpose of attacking and sinking other submarines, or surface combatants’ vessels. In the Soviet and Russian navies, they were and are called “multi-purpose submarines”. They are also used to protect friendly surface combatants and ballistic missile submarines. Some attack subs are also armed with cruise missiles, increasing the scope of their potential missions to include land targets.

A nuclear navy, or nuclear-powered navy, refers to the portion of a navy consisting of naval ships powered by nuclear marine propulsion. The concept was revolutionary for naval warfare when first proposed. Prior to nuclear power, submarines were powered by diesel engines and could only submerge through the use of batteries. In order for these submarines to run their diesel engines and charge their batteries they would have to surface or snorkel. The use of nuclear power allowed these submarines to become true submersibles and unlike their conventional counterparts, they became limited only by crew endurance and supplies.

Submarines have been the ultimate covert ship. Before there were stealth aircraft there were submarines lurking below the waters. SEALS have been launched from submarines as long as there have been SEALS. With the introduction of SEAL Deliver Vehicles (SDV) the process has become very sophisticated. SEAL delivery teams operate from small, submerged vehicles launched from special platforms mounted on submarines called dry deck shelters. Navy divers help deploy and recover the vehicles from the fast attack or other specially designed submarines.

Now, you can tell your submarine sea story!

The stories I use in this upcoming book will get a shout out as a contributor, so please put your name as you want it to be listed (TM2 (SS) Bob Smith, LCDR Tim Jones, or “Pudge”). Please change the names if you don’t have someone’s permission to share their story. I also reserve editorial rights to edit for content, space, or to embellish the story even more than you do.

About the Authro

MMC (SS) Daniel Blakeslee was the Leading Engineering Laboratory Technician and Engineering Watch Supervisor on three Fast Attack Submarines. He was also a Master Training Specialist in the Navy’s Leadership Management Education and Training Instructor School and the Navy Leader Development Program Instructor School. He developed and taught the pilot course for Total Quality Management (TQM) for the Atlantic Fleet. He is an experienced public speaker, leader and a leadership coach. He is the author of the bestselling books Lead on Purpose and The Leader Code.

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Gail Baker