The Navy Nuclear Weapons Association  (NNWA) is a nationwide organization of military and civilian participants in the US Navy Department nuclear weapons program during the years 1946 to present. Many of our members meet annually in September or October at various locations across the US to reminisce with long-lost friends, provide support with veterans affairs and medical information, visit historical sites, enjoy quality entertainment in hospitable environs, and salute our departed. The NNWA invites you to join our society of cold-War “Keepers of the Dragon

We publish semi-annual newsletters with information concerning our unique experiences while in the Navy.  We are a not for profit corporation governed by a membership approved By-Laws, an SOP/PDL and an elected Board of Directors We maintain a NNWA roster of all members, their addresses, phone numbers and e-mail addresses, so that you may find some long-lost shipmates.   


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The Reservation Form for the 2014 Reunion has been changed to a two-page form.  If you have submitted your reservation, you need to complete the two-page form and resubmit it to the Treasurer.  Links to the reservation form are below.

2014 NNWA Reunion will be held in Reno, NV from Sunday October 5th thru Friday October 10th

Full information available in Summer 2014 NNWA Bulletin

Reunion Reservation Form  Reunion Reservation Form (PDF)

Does anyone have a copy of SWOP 35-51 that we could scan and publish on the site?  It would be a nice addition since we all so fondly remember it.


Website changes:


7/16 - Published new NNWA Reading List


7/16 - Added new member Michael S. Adams


7/9 - Published document titled Japan Under the Nuclear Umbrella - available on History page


7/4 - Noted passing of CDR Jack Saxton - Pearl Harbor survivor,  SWULANT and NWTCP.


7/3 - Reinstated member Lester L. Wright


6/30 - Added new member Philip P. Erwin


6/21 - Noted passing of past member Morris Cavey


6/16 - added new member John M. "Jack" Vechile


6/15 - Published Summer 2014 Bulletin and final reservation information


6/14 Noted passing of past member Lt. Terry L. Harris


6/13 - Reinstated members Frances P. Mattero, Dean Larson, Gayle F. Jolley  and Brian R. Clark


6/8 - Noted passing of past member C. R. (Bob) Brewer


6/3 - Added new members William Ooten and Bruce E. MacDonald


6/2 - Noted passing of GMTC Robert A. Lambert


5/ 31 - Noted passing of member CDR Lidge Roper


5/27 - Noted passing of past members LCDR Richard A. Sooy, GMTC William J. Hensor and Burrel T. Boatwright


5/24 - Reinstated member William D. Crawford


5/18 - Reinstated member Donald L. Dillon III


5/16 - Noted passing of past members CDR Karl M. Eckel, LT James D. Ussery and CWO4 Robert P. Wilkinson


5/16 - Reinstated members Robert J. Dunn and Larry Feldbrugge


5/12 - Noted passing of past member LCDR John E. Barkley


5/10 - Reinstated members Peter J. Benedict, Robert K. Curtis and James T. Jacobs


5/6 Noted passing of past member 1st LT Richard L. Caveney


4/29 - Added NAS Cubi Point patch from John Repik

Service Officer Postings

 for the past year - see Service Officer Postings for more postings

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  • VA Enrollees Exempt From Obamacare - 09/23/2013


Attention on Deck


We have added a new section - the Reading List - a list of books recommended by members of the NNWA.that are related to the nuclear weapons program.  If you have a nuclear weapons related publication that you wish to have listed, please send the information to me.


Read about the earliest SWU!


See NWSU 802 Orders of March 1950


Read the whole story of Japan Under the Nuclear Umbrella


Need to check out the minutes of one of our business meetings - the last 16 meeting minutes are now available on-line




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Newly published Documents


The Nuclear Weapons of the United States Navy - 1945-2013


U. S. Deployed Nuclear/ Thermonuclear Weapons


Looking for


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Lockheed Martin Missile & Fire Control in Orlando is looking for some experienced weapons people - check in Help


TAPS for those who were in the Navy Nuclear Weapons Program

ET3 Clifton Hoyt

5 November 2005 4/12

1st LT Richard L. Caveney

14 August 2012 5/6

LCDR John E. Barkley

      16 October 2006 5/11

CWO4 Robert P. Wilkinson

      21 August 2010 5/16

LT James D. Ussery

      28 April 2008 5/16

CDR Karl M. Eckel

      21 March 2014 5/16

LCDR Richard A. Sooy

      27 March 2013 5/27

Burrel T. Boatwright

      18 June 2013 5/27

GMTC William J. Hensor

     13 February 2012 5/27

Samuel K. McVey

      22 May 2010 5/27

CDR Lidge Roper

      11 March 2003 5/31

GMTC Robert A. Lambert

      28 March 2014 6/2

       C. R. (Bob) Brewer

           12 September 2009 6/8

     LT Terry L. Harris

           25 July 2013 6/14

       Morris Cavey

          February 2013 6/21

CDR Frank Saxton

17 September 1992

TAPS for a spouse

The following spouse of a Navy's Nuclear Weapons Association member is deceased.







July 21, 2014

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