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.