New Exhibit - Submarine Dolphins
In 1923, a submarine officer, Captain Ernest J. King, proposed that qualified submariners be allowed to wear a distinctive badge to highlight their special status. His proposal was probably inspired by early badges issued by the U.S. Army to balloon and biplane pilots during World War I.
At the time, qualified submariners were the only part of the Navy entitled to special pay, so it seemed logical for them to be allowed to wear a special badge.
Our exhibit traces the history of these special badges, describes the qualification process, shows some of the written work needed for Razorback's officers to achieve this milestone, and shows some of the qualification badges available for members of today's modern submarine force.