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U.S. Navy Hymn
Eternal Father, strong to save, Whose arm hath bound the restless wave, Who bidd'st the mighty ocean deep It's own appointed limits keep; Oh, hear us when we cry to Thee, For those in peril on the sea!
O Savior! Whose voice the waters heard And hushed their raging at Thy word Who walked'st on the foaming deep, And calm amidst its rage didst sleep; Oh, hear us when we cry to Thee, For those in peril on the sea!
Most Holy Spirit! Who didst brood Upon the chaos dark and rude, And bid its angry tumult cease, And give, for wild confusion, peace; Oh, hear us when we cry to Thee, For those in peril on the sea!
O Trinity of love and power! Our brethren shield in danger's hour; From rock and tempest, fire and foe,Glad hymns of praise from land and sea.
On a submarine, more than on any other type of ship, each of the men who will live together for a year or so has a very high stake in the welfare and efficiency of this boat--his own life. Every man in a submarine knows that whatever future he has in life is bound to the fate of that submarine. If the boat dies, the odds are three to one he dies with her. He therefore not only does his own job to the very best of his ability, he checks to see that every other man does likewise. There is no such thing as an unimportant job and everybody knows that a single mistake by any one of them can be the end of the whole lot of them. Everybody resents any carelessness or inefficiency because the guilty party gambles with all their lives when he does anything that risks his own. A crew can be reconciled to a daring skipper who takes long chances and wins great glory for them to share, but they can't tolerate a stupid shipmate who doesn't pull his weight in the boat. After a submarine crew have made a couple of war cruises together, there is a bond between them that lasts for life. It bridges whatever gaps there may be in their background, education, and station in life, and makes them permanent members of an exclusive club who have shared certain experiences together that no other group in the world have shared. They may not all like each other, but for a certain period they pooled their lives together in a dangerous business and brought each other through it safely. They can therefore make allowances (ashore) for the failings of these shipmates which they wouldn't make for anyone else.-from"Twenty Million Tons Under The Sea" by Rear Admiral Daniel V. Gallery, USN
The USS Kitty Hawk (CV-63)
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