Are you looking for a speaker for your civic organization, veteran’s group, or community event? We offer free presentations about several subjects related to naval undersea history and technology.
Presentations are typically 25–30 minutes in length and accompanied by a PowerPoint image slideshow. Please see the descriptions below to learn which programs are available.
We will do our best to support your event, depending on staff availability. Presentations arranged at least two weeks in advance will be easier to accommodate. To request a presentation, please contact our curator at NUM_operations@navy.mil or (360) 396-5517.
Marine Mammals: The Navy’s Super Searchers
The Navy’s highly-trained dolphins and sea lions carry out missions all over the world. With their natural acoustic, sight, and diving abilities, marine mammals are exceptionally skilled at finding objects underwater. Navy animals detect mines and intruders in a fraction of the time it takes human divers and human-made technology. This presentation, based on our popular temporary exhibit, explores the missions Navy dolphins and sea lions perform and the science behind their remarkable abilities.
The Trident Family
A Trident submariner’s decision to serve commits his or her whole family to the submarine life. Their days and months are filled with hard work and separation, patience and sacrifice, difficult goodbyes and joyful reunions. This presentation provides an inside look at life for submariners at sea and for their families at home during the course of a Trident patrol.
Navy salvage forces go to work when the worst happens: a ship sinks, a collision occurs, a weapon is lost, a space shuttle explodes. This presentation tells the stories of the Navy’s most notable salvage operations, including raising sunken submarines USS F-4 and USS S-51, salvaging ships after the attack on Pearl Harbor, and recovering the wreckage of Space Shuttle Challenger.
The tragic sinking of the fast attack submarine USS Thresher (SSN 593) in April 1963 devastated the Navy. The accident became a defining point in submarine and deep submergence history, producing two incredible programs that became Thresher‘s legacy: the Submarine Safety (SUBSAFE) Program and the Deep Submergence Systems Project. Hear the full account in this presentation, developed in conjunction with our temporary exhibit “The Thresher Legacy” which is on display through 2021.
As a federally-funded museum, the U.S. Naval Undersea Museum is a free resource we hope to share as widely as possible. This overview of the museum introduces our mission, history, exhibits, education programs, artifact collection, and volunteer opportunities. Learn more about what we do, what we offer, and how we serve our local and national communities.