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Tango01 Supporting Member of TMP07 Oct 2017 12:03 p.m. PST

…traditions as it joins attack submarine fleet

"When Cmdr. Gabriel Cavazos took command of the new Navy submarine Washington during a ceremony in April, he improvised the conclusion of his remarks with a message for adversaries: "Fear the Blackfish."

"Blackfish" is what Native Americans in the Pacific Northwest call orcas, commonly known as killer whales. "Blackfish" also is the crew's unofficial nickname for the Washington, which will formally join the fleet and add USS to its name during a commissioning ceremony today at Naval Station Norfolk.

The Navy is a service steeped in tradition, but the crew of each new vessel has the rare opportunity to forge its own. Many of the Washington's still-forming traditions revolve around the use of the term and visual representation of "Blackfish."…"
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