Exhibition - Navy Undersea Pioneers

Tuesday, Aug 25, 2020

Keyport, WA 98345

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Pioneers come in many forms. This online exhibit tells the stories of two kinds of pioneers that made significant contributions to the Navy’s undersea communities.

Inventors and innovators imagined and designed new technologies, finding ways to make the “impossible” a reality. These pioneers were inventive engineers, visionaries, problem-solvers whose work advanced Navy technology, expanded Navy capabilities, and improved Navy and national safety.

Groundbreakers and trailblazers led initiatives, broke barriers, and set records. They embodied the courage and enterprising spirit needed to do something for the first time. Their achievements inspired many who hoped to follow in their footsteps and paved the way for others to build on their accomplishments.

Inventors and Innovators

David Bushnell (1742–1824)
Submarine Design

Robert Whitehead (1823–1905)
Torpedo Design

John Howell (1840–1918)
Torpedo Design

John Holland (1841–1914)
Submarine Design

Simon Lake (1866–1945)
Submarine Design

William Beebe (1877–1962) and Otis Barton (1899–1992)
Deep Submergence

Vice Adm. Charles Momsen (1896–1967)
Submarine Rescue

Capt. George Bond (1915–1983)
Saturation Diving and Diving Medicine

Dr. John Craven (1924–2015)
Deep Submergence and Undersea Technology

Capt. Joseph Kelly (1914–1988)
Underwater Sound Surveillance

Adm. Hyman G. Rickover (1900–1986)
Submarine Propulsion and Design

Vice Adm. William “Red” Raborn Jr. (1905-1990)
Strategic Deterrence

Groundbreakets and Traiblazers

GMC Jacob Anderson (dates unknown)
Navy Diving

Lt. Harry Caldwell (1873–1939)

GMC George Stillson (dates unknown)
Navy Diving

Rear Adm. Draper Kauffman (1911–1979)
Combat Demolition

Vice Adm. Eugene “Dennis” Wilkinson (1918–2013)

Capt. Don Walsh (1931–)

Capt. Edward L. Beach Jr. (1918–2002)

Master Diver Carl Brashear (1931–2006)
Navy Diving

PNSN Kati Garner (dates unknown)
Navy Diving

HT2 Donna Tobias (1952–2010)
Navy Diving

The Centennial Seven

First Women Submariners

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