HISTORY OF DOLPHINS IN THE U.S. NAVY SUBMARINE SERVICE: The origin of the U.S. Navy's submarine service insignia dates back to 1923. On June 13th of that year,
Captain Ernest J. King, USN, later to become Fleet Admiral and Chief of Naval Operations during World War II, and at that
time Commander, Submarine Division III suggested to the Secretary of the Navy via the old Bureau of Navigation, that a distinguishing
device for qualified submariners be adopted.
He submitted a pen-and-ink sketch of his own showing a shield mounted on the beam
ends of a submarine, with dolphins forward of, and abaft, the conning tower. The suggestion was strongly endorsed by Commander
Submarine Division Atlantic.
Two designs were submitted for a badge, and these were combined into a single design
that is still in use today: a bow view of a submarine proceeding on the surface with bow planes rigged for diving, flanked
by dolphins in a horizontal position with their heads resting on the upper edge of the bow planes. The dolphins on this insignia
are symbolic of a calm sea and are the traditional attendants of Poseidon, Greek god of the sea. The officers' insignia is
a gold plated metal pin, and silver metal Dolphins were approved for enlisted men.
MYTHOLOGY: It is said that the Greek myths explaining
the origin of the dolphin are all related to Dionysus, and the cycle of death and rebirth which has been likened to the diving
and leaping dolphin coursing its way across the watery abyss. The Greek word Delphic (dolphin) is related to delphys, which
means 'womb' and stands for the feminine principle. This was reflected in the relationship between the dolphin and many of
the Mediterranean goddesses, and yet the dolphin was also an attribute of Poseidon and intimately associated with Apollo and
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Diameter of Bell 5 3/4“"
CASTING 17 1/2“
L x 9“ H x 5 3/4“ D
19 " L x 9 1/2" H x 6 3/4" D
Weight 7 lbs.
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