Distinguished Submariner Award

The Naval Submarine League Distinguished Submariner Award recognizes the personal contributions of submarine qualified individuals, officer or enlisted. This award was originally established in 1983 as the Submarine Hero Award, and renamed in 2000 as the Distinguished Submariner Award.
The award is to be made to the most deserving individual when considering his or her lifetime achievements.  The contributions may have been during distinguished service in positions of responsibility in the fleet, or, following naval service, the awardee made contributions of extraordinary value to the success of the submarine force, the Navy, or the nation.
Nominations may be submitted by email to execdirector@navalsubleague.org and should provide a description (no more than a one-page attachment) of how the person meets the criteria above.

 

2023 Award Winners

ADM Edmund P. Giambastiani USN (Ret)

VADM Paul E. Sullivan, USN (Ret)

 


The Naval Submarine League

DISTINGUISHED SUBMARINER AWARD

for

Outstanding Service to the Nation

is presented to

ADM Edmund P. Giambastiani USN (Ret)

 

 

Admiral Giambastiani served the Navy with great distinction for over 37 years of commissioned service. His afloat commands and operational staff leadership assignments included NR-1, the Navy’s only nuclear-powered deep diving and research submarine, USS RICHARD B RUSSELL (SSN 687), Submarine Development Squadron Twelve, Submarine Force, U.S. Atlantic Fleet, and Anti-Submarine Reconnaissance Forces, Atlantic. Ashore he served as enlisted program manager of the Navy Recruiting Command, as Special Assistant to the Deputy Director for Intelligence, Central Intelligence Agency, as the first Director of the Naval Doctrine Command, as Deputy Chief of Staff for Resources and Requirements, U.S. Pacific Fleet, as Director Submarine Warfare Division (OPNAV N87), as Deputy CNO for Resources, Requirements and Assessments (OPNAV N8), and as Senior Military Assistant to the Secretary of Defense, then Donald Rumsfeld. In his final assignment on active duty, he served as the Seventh Vice Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff. In this assignment he chaired multiple Councils and Executive Advisory Groups working directly with high level government and world leaders. In retirement Admiral Giambastiani serves on several Boards supporting investment and defense issues. He is a major supporter of the U.S. Naval Academy Foundation Athletic and Scholarship Programs.

It is most appropriate that his dedicated service is recognized by the Naval Submarine League as Distinguished Submariner for 2023.


The Naval Submarine League

DISTINGUISHED SUBMARINER AWARD

for

Outstanding Service to the Submarine Force

is presented to

VADM Paul E. Sullivan, USN (Ret)

 

Vice Admiral Sullivan served the Navy and his country with great distinction for over 34 years of commissioned service. After initial sea duty he transitioned to the Engineering Duty Officer community serving all types of ships at the Norfolk Naval Shipyard. Following a tour on USS James Madison (SSBN 627) he was assigned to the Naval Sea Systems Command as Deputy Ship Design Manager of SEAWOLF attack submarines. After an instructor duty tour at MIT, he was assigned as the OHIO class and 688 Class Submarine Project Officer at SUPSHIPS Groton where he delivered Pennsylvania, West Virginia, and Alexandria. After that tour he again was assigned to the SEAWOLF program as Program Manager where he delivered the first-of-class SEAWOLF. After the delivery he was assigned as Program Manager of the VIRGINIA Attack Submarine Program supervising its design and construction. After being selected to Rear Admiral, he became NAVSEA’s Chief Engineer as Deputy Commander, becoming the Commander three years later. As Commander, he directed all contracting, design, construction, testing, certification, delivery, and life-cycle maintenance of the Navy’s ships and their integrated combat/weapon systems. After retirement in 2008 he joined USEC, a global energy corporation. In 2014 he became the Executive Director of the Applied Research Laboratory at the Pennsylvania State University. He currently serves as the primary consultant and senior advisor on the AUKUS submarine development program.
It is most appropriate that his dedicated service is recognized by the Naval Submarine League as a Distinguished Submariner for 2023.


Distinguished Submariner Awardees

Prior to 2019, the award was restricted to “a Naval Officer, whose contributions have been of extraordinary value to the success of the United States Navy’s submarine program … considering the entire history of the submarine program.”

2022   Mr. Martin Cooper
2021   ADM Richard W. Mies, USN, Ret. and ADM Frank L. Bowman, USN, Ret.
2020   ADM Archie R. Clemins, USN, Ret. and VADM Ronald M. Eytchison, USN, Ret.
2019   VADM George W. Emery, USN, Ret.
2018    ADM Hank Chiles, USN, Ret. and RADM Jerry Holland, USN, Ret.
2017    ADM Powell F. Carter, USN, Ret. (posthumously), VADM Daniel L. Cooper, USN, Ret., and VADM Ron Thunman, USN, Ret.
2016    ADM Bruce DeMars, USN, Ret., and ADM William Smith, USN, Ret.
2015    VADM Kenneth M. Carr, USN, Ret. & VADM John H. Nicholson, USN, Ret.
2014    VADM Bernard M. Kauderer, USN, Ret., & ADM Charles Larson, USN, Ret. (posthumously)
2013    VADM E. A. Burkhalter, Jr., USN, Ret. & ADM Frank B. Kelso, II, USN, Ret. (posthumously)
2012    VADM Patrick J. Hannifin, USN, Ret.
2011    ADM Kinnaird R. McKee, USN, Ret.
2010    VADM Joe Williams, Jr., USN, Ret.
2009    Team Submarine
2008    Submarine Force Master & Senior CPOs & COBs
2007    Submarine Medal of Honor Winners
2006    RADM Robert H. Wertheim, USN, Ret.
2005    ADM Carlisle A. H. Trost, USN, Ret.
2004    The Submarine Family
2003    ADM William J Crowe, Jr., USN, Ret.
2002    ADM  James D. “Jim” Watkins, USN, Ret.
2001    CAPT Edward L. “Ned” Beach, USN, Ret.
2000    WW II Submariners

Submarine Hero Awardees

1999     VADM James F. Calvert, USN, Ret.
1998     VADM Arnold F. “Arnie” Schade, USN, Ret.
1997     ADM Robert L. J. “Bob” Long, USN, Ret.
1996     VADM Dennis Wilkinson, USN, Ret.
1995     VADM Eli Reich, USN, Ret.
1994     RADM John S. “Jack” Coye, USN, Ret.
1993     Mrs. Patricia Lee Lewis
1992     CAPT Slade D. Cutter, USN, Ret.
1991     RADM William T. “Bill” Kinsella, USN, Ret.
1990     RDML Richard H. “Dick” O’Kane, USN, Ret.
1989     CAPT George L. Street III, USN, Ret.
1988     RADM Roy S. Benson, USN, Ret.
1987     ADM I. J. “Pete” Galantin, USN, Ret.
1986     RADM Frederick B. “Fred” Warder, USN, Ret.
1985     RADM Eugene B. “Gene” Fluckey, USN, Ret.
1984     ADM Bernard A. “Chick” Clarey, USN, Ret.
1983     VADM Lawson P. “Red” Ramage, USN, Ret.