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Naval Submarine School
Commanding Officer

Captain Aaron M. Thieme, USN
Commanding Officer, Naval Submarine School
Executive Officer

Commander Philip P. Castellano, USN
Executive Officer, Naval Submarine School
Command Master Chief

CMDCM (SS) Eric J. Murphy, USN
Command Master Chief, Naval Submarine School
Command Fact Sheet

Mission

  • Train officers and enlisted sailors in the basic knowledge and skills upon which operational submarine commands in the Atlantic and Pacific can build competence and proficiency in operating and maintaining submarines and all their systems.

  • Provide functional, refresher, advanced and team training to submarine and submarine support personnel in order to increase and maintain knowledge and proficiency in specific skills.

  • Furnish specific operationally oriented support to submarines to ensure maximum effectiveness of their sensor systems.

  • Perform any other training and sensor support as may be required.

Personnel

  1. Commanding Officer:
    Captain Aaron M. Thieme, U.S. Navy
  2. Executive Officer:
    Commander Philip P. Castellano, U.S. Navy
  3. Command Master Chief:
    CMDCM (SS) Eric J. Murphy, U.S. Navy
  4. Staff (as of December 12, 2017):
    Officers & Enlisted - 401
    Civilian (Civil Service) - 16
  5. Students On-Board - 1349
  6. Annual student throughput (all courses):
    CY16 - 50,705
    Courses: 153
    Average Daily On Board: 1,353
History of Naval Submarine School

When the first class of twenty four officers began studies for submarine duty a century ago in the summer of 1916, the submarine base in Groton, Connecticut, was little more than a handful of buildings scattered across the area now known as Lower Base.

By Christmas 1916, the twenty two graduates of that first submarine officers' course were heading out for assignments after spending six months in training on submarines, torpedoes, engineering and electricity.' Records are sketchy on the nature of much of that training-especially since the bulk of the early trainers were salvage material from decommissioned submarines.

Within a year the graduates of that first officers course, and those who were to follow them through Naval Submarine School, were serving around the globe as the United States entered World War I.

First Submarine Officer Graduation Class, 1 July 1916

First Submarine Officer Graduation Class, 1 July 1916

One hundred years after that first graduation, Naval Submarine School, Submarine Base, the U.S. Navy and the world have all undergone radical and profound change but the tradition as the center for submarine training excellence continues.

First enlisted muster at Naval Submarine School, Winter 1917

First enlisted muster at Naval Submarine School, Winter 1917

From one building on Lower Base in 1916, Naval Submarine School has grown to the largest single tenant unit on Submarine Base, with over thirty thousand Sailors graduating annually from nearly two hundred different courses.

From an era when training aids were Mark I Attack trainers and a German-built trainer of unspecified history, Naval Submarine School maintains and operates state-of-the-art trainers costing millions to design and develop. These trainers are vital tools in providing realistic individual and team training for a submarine fleet striving for total inclusion in Joint Vision 2020.

Then and Now: Still the Center of Submarine Force Training Excellence

Then and Now: Still the Center of Submarine Force Training Excellence

Naval Submarine School course offerings include introduction, apprentice and basic skill level training; encompass initial technical proficiency training and advanced team operator and team training in electronic and combat systems employment, navigation and damage control; and provide mid-career professional growth courses for both officers and enlisted Sailors.

Naval Submarine School also conducts refresher training of all Atlantic Fleet submarines completing construction or overhaul, pre-deployment and training ashore for all submarines of the Atlantic Fleet.

No one can forecast the future. But Naval Submarine School can look to our history with confidence that we will continue to serve the Navy and the Nation with pride in our past and a continued commitment to excellence in the future.

How to contact us

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Executive Officer (860) 694-3751 3753 860-694-1481
Command Master Chief (860) 694-4955 860-694-4955
Director of Training (860) 694-3752 3753 860-694-3752
Personnel Officer (860) 694-5443 3788 860-694-5443
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Visit Request Status (860) 694-2051 3788 860-694-2051
Legal Officer (860) 694-2000 (860) 694-2000
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Administration Officer (860) 694-4028 3788 860-694-4028
Advanced Training and Readiness Dept (860) 694-2170 2168 860-694-2170
Engineering and High Risk Training Dept (860) 694-4720 2094 860-694-4720
Pipeline Technical Training Dept (860) 694-2107 2347 860-694-2107
Student Control Officer (860) 694-4200 860-694-4200
Basic Enlisted Submarine Training Dept (860) 694-2076 3714 860-694-2076
Training Support Dept (860) 694-2051 860-694-2051
Learning Standards Office (860) 694-2129 3456 860-694-2129
Modernization Training Team (860) 694-5302 860-694-5302

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NAVSUBSCOL Check-in Points

When you have arrived in Groton, call us! Once you're on base, go to the NAVSUBSCOL Quarterdeck in Building 499, Bledsoe Hall, to turn in your military records and check-in.

ORDER FACILITIES BUILDING TELEPHONE
First *QUARTERDECK 499 EXT 3748 or
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Second *CENTRAL BILLETING 434 EXT 3117
Third *PERSONNEL/ADMINISTRATION 499 EXT 2051

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