Before a sailor is awarded his dolphins onboard BREMERTON, he writes a letter to the Commanding Officer about what his dolphins mean to him. Before I make the final mark in their dolphin qual card, I sit down with each to discuss the letter they wrote.
I believe CDR Bringham instituted this final phase early in his command tour and it’s been around since. Some sailors spend days drafting these letters and some only minutes. I wanted to share with you and, if you may, the BREMERTON Navy League one of these letters that I found particularly thoughtful from MM2 (SS) Moore who qualified earlier this week.
I asked him for permission to post his letter and he was happy for me to share it.
USS BREMERTON (SSN-698)
03 Aug 17
FROM: MM2/SU RYAN A. MOORE, USN
TO: COMMANDING OFFICER, USS BREMERTON (SSN698)
SUBJ: SUBMARINE WARFARE QUALIFICATION
LIKE MANY BEFORE HIM, ANOTHER SAILOR HAS PROVEN WHAT IT MEANS TO BE A SUBMARINER. TO BE A SUBMARINER, ONE MUST ALWAYS BE ON THE ALERT, KEEPING HIS SHIP AND SHIPMATES SAFE. HE IS THE RAPID RESPONSE, THE FIRE PARTY, AND THE RE-FLASH WATCH. EVERY SUBMARINER MUST LEARN HIS JOB AND THAT OF HIS FELLOW SHIPMATES. IT IS VITAL THAT ONE TREATS THIS TRUST, BESTOWED ON HIM BY HIS PEERS AND THE IMMENSE RESPONSIBILITY INVOLVED, WITH THE UTMOST RESPECT, HUMILITY, AND DIGNITY.
NOW, THE SUBMARINE WARFARE PIN MAY REPRESENT THE PROFICIENCY OF A SAILOR IN DC AND SHIP COMPREHENSION, BUT IT WILL ALSO STAND TESTAMENT, TO ALL I SHALL MEET, THAT THIS SUBMARINER WAS FORGED FOR A PURPOSE. REMEMBERING WHERE WE COME FROM, I WILL DEDICATE MY TIME TO THE FUTURE OF THE NAVY, PASSING DOWN LESSONS LEARNED AND TUTORING NEW ARRIVALS. I WILL STRIVE TO REACH OUT AND HELP MY BROTHERS, SO THAT WE, AS A TEAM, CAN MAKE A BETTER NAVY AND A BETTER BREMERTON.
MM2/SU RYAN A. MOORE, USN