Convention 2012 Information

The 2012 Convention, hosted by USSVI Norfolk Base, will be held in Norfolk, VA Sep 2 to Sep 9 2012. 

The Marriott Hotel, Norfolk Waterside is the primary hotel (800-874-0264) with the Sheraton Hotel, Norfolk Waterside as the back-up and Boat Reunion Hotel (888-627-8042). The Sheraton is right across the street from the Marriott.

When making your reservation, use code USSVI or SUBVETS to get the convention rate.

When flying in, The Convention and Visitors Bureau (CVB) will provide complimentary airport shuttle on Monday and Tuesday, 3 and 4 Sept., up to eight hours each day from the host hotel to the airport. Also the CVB will provide complimentary airport shuttle on Sunday, 9 Sept, for up to eight hours from the host hotel to the airport.  Complimentary, electronic airport signage to welcome arrivals will be coordinated by the CVB.

For more info: POC is John Kennedy (Home: 757-872-9938, Cell: 757-618-5026,

 Link to the official Convention website:




  1. Submarine Sailors Never Retire

    His tour of duty may be over, but he never retires, his enlistment never ends. The friendships made over the years on submarines are true and everlasting. Boat reunions help recall memories of friends from the past and stories of many good times enjoyed, as well as some that perhaps should be left as experiences of war.

    Conventions bring the submarine family together, a family bursting with pride, love, and friendship.

    The smell and taste of diesel fuel are gone, the orders to single up all lines, to haul in the gangway or station the maneuvering watch are no more part of his life, and the final diesel boat has retired, but his pride and interest in submarines is just as strong.

    Those who have had the opportunity to venture aboard a nuclear submarine or go to sea on one, must admire the young sailors of today. Their friendship and eagerness to show off their boat can take you back to your first boat.

    Yes, the pride is still there. This is his boat, his home, his time he will remember. When the unfortunate losses of the U.S.S. Thresher and the U.S.S. Scorpion were announced, and the sailors of the U.S.S. Bonefish lost their lives, every submariner’s heart went out to those shipmates and their families.

    They were part of us and we are a part of them.
    No, a submariner’s enlistment never ends.

     By a submarine sailor

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