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United States Submarine Veterans


Mr. Gary Hildreth

Deputy Public Affairs Officer

Portsmouth Naval Shipyard


A native of Schenectady, NY, Gary Hildreth enlisted under the Navy’s Delayed Entry Program in September 1975.  He completed Basic Training in May 1976 and went on to attend Basic Submarine School and Sonar Technician “A” and “C” Schools.  In 1982 he completed Instructor Training in Groton, CT.  He graduated from the US Navy Senior Enlisted Academy in Newport, R.I. in 1997 and has earned a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Maryland and Masters Degree in American New England Studies from the University of Southern Maine.


Gary served aboard ballistic missile submarines USS Daniel Boone (SSBN 629), USS Daniel Webster (SSBN 626) and USS George Washington Carver (SSBN 656) completing 14 deterrent patrols.  He was “Chief of the Boat” aboard the attack submarines, USS Pintado (SSN 672) and USS Tucson (SSN 770) completing a Western Pacific deployment, three Eastern Pacific deployments and a South American Joint Exercise.


Ashore, Gary served as an Instructor at Submarine School, Groton CT where he earned his designation as Master Training Specialist.  Overseas he served as Submarine Group Seven Command Career Counselor, Yokosuka, Japan.  Additionally, he has served as Naval Submarine Training Center Pacific Command Master Chief; Submarine Squadron Seven Command Master Chief in Pearl Harbor, Hawaii; and Portsmouth Naval Shipyard Command Master Chief, in Kittery, Maine.


After serving for nearly 29 years in the submarine force, Gary retired from the Navy in September 2004 and now serves as the Deputy Public Affairs Officer at Portsmouth Naval Shipyard.









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