Miami Sailors Receive Submarine Warfare Pins, Promotes New Petty Officers Aboard Historic Naval Vessel

By Chief Yeoman Bryan Randall, USS Miami

PORTSMOUTH, England – Five Sailors assigned to the Los Angeles-class submarine USS Miami (SSN 755) received their enlisted submarine warfare qualification pins, and eight Sailors were advanced to the rank of Petty Officer 3rd Class aboard the historic British Royal Navy ship HMS Victory, Nov. 30.

British Royal Navy Lt. Cmdr. D.J. Whild, commanding officer of HMS Victory, graciously hosted the crew of USS Miami (SSN 755) for the ceremony.

During the ceremony, five Sailors were presented their “dolphins,” signifying their completion of the personnel qualification standards as enlisted submarine warfare specialists.

“I am extremely proud of Miami’s newest qualified submariners. They have worked hard, since reporting aboard, to earn the honor to wear their ‘dolphins’,” said Master Chief Electronics Technician Edward O. Durrua, Miami’s Chief of the Boat. “It was truly a ship-wide effort in helping these young Sailors succeed and complete the demanding requirements of qualifying in submarine [warfare].”

Also during the ceremony, eight Sailors were promoted to the rank of Petty Officer 3rd Class. HMS Victory is the oldest commissioned warship in the world and the only surviving warship that fought in the American Revolutionary War, the French Revolutionary War and the Napoleonic Wars. HMS Victory was made famous under the command of British Adm. Lord Nelson as his flagship in the Battle of Trafalgar in 1805.

“I can’t help but recognize how fortunate we are to advance eight young Sailors to Petty Officer 3rd Class aboard the HMS Victory, a ship rich in history, and once commanded by a great British Naval leader,” said Cmdr. Roger E. Meyer, commanding officer of Miami. “I trust our Navy’s newest petty officers will take on their increased responsibility, as leaders, with enthusiasm.”

Following the ceremony, the newly advanced petty officers and newly qualified submariners, along with 17 other USS Miami crewmembers, received an extended tour of the HMS Victory.

“I already knew a little of the HMS Victory and Lord Nelson, but to actually have the opportunity to tour the ship and see where it all happened was an amazing experience and a great reminder of how things were, and how things have progressed to where they are now in Navies of the world,” said Sonar Technician (Submarine) 3rd Class Robert Sayles.

Miami is homeported in Groton, Conn., and is on a scheduled deployment conducting maritime security operations and theater security cooperation efforts in the U.S. 6th Fleet area of responsibility.