US Navy Submarine Force Birthday This Week

The US Navy’s undersea service will be 119 on 11 April!

USS Holland (Submarine Torpedo Boat # 1)
Description: In drydock, circa 1900, probably soon after she entered Navy service. U.S. Naval History and Heritage Command Photograph.
Catalog #: NH 59

Head over to the Naval History and Heritage Command’s (NHHC) site and learn all about the Submarine Force’s great history. The excerpt below was taken from a longer discussion which can be found by clicking

“Submarines have a long history in the United States, beginning with Turtle, during the American Revolution. The world’s first combat submarine, invented by David Bushnell, was devised as a means of breaking the British blockade of Boston Harbor but was unsuccessful on multiple attempts. The U.S. Navy officially joined the undersea world when it purchased USS Holland (SS-1) on 11 April 1900, and commissioned her on 12 October 1900. The boat, designed by John P. Holland, proved valuable for experimental purposes during her 10-year career.”

(Above photo taken from NHHC website at

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