Submarines and the US Navy

December 24, 2013

Currently the chief executive officer of Executive Concepts, a military contracting company based out of Washington, DC, Lloyd G. LeCain achieved the rank of Captain during his service with the United States Navy. Lloyd G. LeCain also taught and lectured at the Naval Readiness Center in Ventura, California, and is a lifetime member of the US Naval Institute. Additionally, he is a member of organizations such as the National Defense Transportation Association and the Navy Submarine League.

Since its introduction to the United States Navy in 1900, the submarine has made significant contributions to maritime warfare and intelligence gathering. Submarine use drastically increased during World War II, especially due to attacks on Japanese shipping and the formation of the Lifeguard League, which rescued downed pilots during aerial assaults.

Today, the Navy has two main submarine classes — attack and fleet ballistic missile submarines. Attack submarines use torpedoes and cruise missiles with conventional high-explosive warheads to disable or destroy their targets. Fleet ballistic missile submarines fire long-range nuclear warheads. Both classes are nuclear powered and all of the more than 140 crew members are required to know how every system and piece of equipment onboard works in case of emergencies.

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A graduate of Texas A&M, Lloyd G LeCain earned a Bachelor of Science in Marine Transportation, and is a proud member of the Texas A&M Association of Former Students. Lloyd G LeCain was a Captain in the United States Navy.

The United States Agency for International Development (USAID) selected Texas A&M as one of six universities from around the world who will partner in a monumental new pursuit called Higher Education Solutions Network (HESN). The goal of HESN is to innovate and implement solutions to challenges in global development, such as health, food security, and ongoing conflict.

Through HESN, Texas A&M will receive funding to establish a development lab which will be called the Center on Conflict and Development (C&D Center). There, the university’s HESN team will study the connections between conflict, poverty, and insecurity of food. Their findings will aid them in creating plans to improve conditions in countries affected by extreme conflict.

John Sharp, Texas A&M’s System Chancellor, praised the university’s selection as part of the USAID project, saying, “This national award is a tremendous recognition of our unique talents and ability to collaborate toward meaningful solutions to today’s challenges.”

Comprising the functioning naval facilities Point Mugu, San Nicolas Island, and Port Hueneme, Naval Base Ventura County is located in a valuable spot in Southern California. Starting as a temporary depot during World War II, it was originally used to train the newly developed Seabees, the Navy’s Construction Battalion. Throughout the war, it served as the home to the Naval Construction Battalion Center and to the Naval Air Missile Test Center. The Korean War saw an increase in activity at Naval Base Ventura County as most of the Navy’s supplies traveled through it.

Today, Naval Base Ventura County provides shore services to those in the Sea Services. Its facilities contain air and port operations as well as legal, public affairs, safety, training, and emergency management services. Additionally, the U.S. Navy Seabee Museum, the second-oldest official Navy museum, sits on its premises.

About the Author:

Currently the Chief Executive Officer of Executive Concepts in Washington, D.C., Lloyd G. LeCain spent more than three decades in the Navy and the Naval Reserves before retiring as a captain. Recently, Naval Base Ventura County dedicated a classroom to him at its Naval Readiness Center.