GROTON, Conn. - U.S. Navy Submarines, and those who have served aboard them during the past 100 years, were honored today when five new commemorative postage stamps were issued by the U.S. Postal Service here at the New London Naval Submarine Base.
"The U.S. Navy Submarines stamps pay tribute to one of our nation's greatest technological achievements and they will help remind us of the dedication and valor of our nation's Submarine Force in war and peacetime," said Einar V. Dyhrkopp, chairman of the Postal Service Board of Governors, who dedicated the stamps.
Also participating in the ceremony were Sen. Joseph Lieberman (D-CT); Sen. Christopher Dodd (D-CT); Rep. Sam Gejdenson (D-CT); Vice Adm. Edmund P. Giambastiani Jr., Commander Submarine Force, U.S. Atlantic Fleet; Capt. H. A. Lincoln Jr., Commanding Officer, Submarine Base New London; Andy Feindt, Chief Electrician's Mate, Retired, and Connecticut State Commander, Submarine Veterans of WWII; and Jo Saunders, Postal Service District Manager, Connecticut District.
Honored guests at the event included John F. Walsh, Postal Service Board of Governors; Mayor Dee Hauber, Town of Groton; Mayor Dennis Popp, City of Groton; Jon M. Steele, Postal Service Vice President, Northeast Area; Michael W. Toner, President, Electric Boat; John Giesing, Retired Electric Boat Pipefitter; Dr. Charles P. Muncatchy, Superintendent, Groton Public Schools; and Michael Tomaszek, Postmaster of Groton.
The five U.S. Navy Submarines stamp designs depict different periods in submarine technology and will be available in the first U.S. commemorative prestige booklet, containing text and photographs in addition to the stamps. The 33-cent design will also be available in a separate pane of 20 stamps.
The 60-cent stamp design in the booklet features the USS Holland. Purchased in 1900, it was the first submarine acquired by the U.S. Navy. The 22-cent stamp design depicts an S-class submarine showing changes in technology and size that occurred after the USS Holland. The Gato class submarine appearing on the $3.20 stamp represents the contributions that submarines made to American naval superiority in the Pacific during World War II.