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Making a Submarine Officer

A Story of the USS San Francisco (SSN 711)
Narrated by: John N Gully
Length: 9 hrs and 30 mins
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From October 2002 to September 2005, the crew of the USS San Francisco (SSN 711), a nuclear fast-attack submarine, took an incredible and gut-wrenching journey through three homeports, two missions vital to national security, two dry-dockings, dozens of leaders, and the worst submerged grounding in the history of the US Navy that did not result in the loss of the vessel.

The author's journey as a young Naval Officer took him through the best and worst of these times, and his story carries lessons for military officers, leaders, and managers everywhere.

©2011 Alexander Fleming (P)2017 Alexander Fleming

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Virtual View of the Dolphins

I'm former Navy. I can attest to the fact that this book is not a neatly packaged sterile view of sub ops. This is an honest, gritty, reflective account from a Jr. Officer. I was enlisted, so it was really interesting to see things through his eyes. His anxiety at doubting his ability to meet standards and become the sailor he was required to be is something that every sailor at every level feels to one degree or another. One thing I would encourage you to get from this book is that the U.S. Navy has nearly impossible standards, but they provide you with *every* tool you need to meet them. They're adept at making us more than we could otherwise be. Fleming's account of this dynamic was so descriptive that I had nightmares while reading this book. Falling asleep on watch, forgetting to wear my cover outdoors, getting quals and standing before boards. 23 years later, this book brought back a lot of good and bad memories.. and some of the pressure. Thanks Fleming, well done Sir. God Bless our United States Navy and the men of the 711.

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  • Anthony
  • 01-16-19

Honest self reflection

This book is an unflattering self reflection of an young officer during a period of time of trial for both him and the boat. Very good read and gives what I perceive to be a good snapshot of the culture that was on this particular boat.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 06-18-18

Wow

Amazing story. Beautifully written and narrated. Absolutely loved this book. Will be recommending it to friends.