“Can You Hear Me Now?” Your Guide to Navigating Port Calls

“Can You Hear Me Now?” Your Guide to Navigating Port Calls
Photo Courtesy U.S. 6th Fleet Public Affairs, USS Indiana Conducts Safe Haven Port Visit in Rota, Spain

Submarine life is full of constant change and in a world now with COVID, quarantines and "clean piers," it seems that everything has been flipped upside down. Whether this is your first deployment or sixth deployment, port calls are no longer what they once were. Recently my husband was deployed for six months during the [...]

Feeling Salty? Questions to Ask Yourself When You’re Mad at Navy Life

Feeling Salty? Questions to Ask Yourself When You’re Mad at Navy Life

Is your spouse deployed? Is your spouse home but working crazy hours- SSN- Saturdays, Sundays and Nights is the accroymn right? New orders received and are your last choice? This usually leads to feelings of anger towards the Navy or maybe even your spouse.   It's ok to feel anger or frustration or sadness, but when [...]

10 Great Resources Available Through Navy-Marine Corps Relief Society

10 Great Resources Available Through Navy-Marine Corps Relief Society

When I PCS’ed to Hawaii, I wanted to do something that would help me keep my resume current, make friends, and give back to the military community. I am so glad that I found the Navy-Marine Corps Relief Society (NMCRS). After I became a volunteer, I learned that NMCRS has some amazing resources available to [...]

Autism Acceptance Month: Exceptional Family Member Program & What You Need to Know

Autism Acceptance Month: Exceptional Family Member Program & What You Need to Know

April 2 is considered World Autism Day and the month of April is Autism Acceptance Month. The CDC reports that roughly 1 in 54 children in the United States is diagnosed with an autism spectrum disorder (ASD). In light of World Autism Day and Autism Acceptance Month, The Submerged Life wanted to shine a spotlight [...]

COVID Check-In: One Year Since a Pandemic Was Declared

COVID Check-In: One Year Since a Pandemic Was Declared

I’m sure that I am not the only one who never imagined living through a pandemic. On March 11, 2020, the World Health Organization (WHO) declared the coronavirus outbreak a global pandemic. On that day, many in the United States were still going about their daily lives, with few understanding the lifestyle changes that were [...]

17 Tips & Tricks For Surviving Shipyard

17 Tips & Tricks For Surviving Shipyard
The Ohio-class ballistic missile submarine USS Wyoming (SSBN 742) successfully undocks at Norfolk Naval Shipyard, Nov. 6, 2019. (Source: US Navy)

As submarine spouses, there may be times where we experience the dreaded “shipyard” period. Be it dry dock, extended overhaul, or a refit, these periods in the shipyard can be challenging for many different reasons. During my spouse’s first sea tour, his boat went into the shipyard for a few months. During that time, he [...]