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Rear Admiral Yates Stirling Jr.

Author of Fundamentals of naval service

Includes the names: Yates Stirling, Cdr. Yates Stirling, USN.

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Rear Admiral Yates Stirling, Jr. was raised in Vallejo, California and graduated from the U.S. Naval Academy in 1892. He became Senior Aide on the staff of Commander, Submarine Flotilla, Atlantic Fleet on June 3, 1915. He simultaneously commanded the New London, Connecticut Submarine Flotilla and New London Submarine Base, and Submarine School. While serving in this post, he suggested that the Navy create a division of submarine affairs presided over by a senior flag officer, who could promote and oversee both technical and operational matters. Stirling was chosen in 1917 to head the Submarine Standardization Board, which recommended improvements to the S Class submarines then under construction. The board's recommendations about size, range, and capabilities, played a major role in submarine design during the 1920s. While the board was meeting, Stirling became Chief of Staff to the Commander, Submarine Force Atlantic Fleet from April 19, 1917 until July 18, 1917. From April 1920 until June 1922 Stirling was Captain of the Yard, Philadelphia Naval Shipyard. During this time, he wrote to the Secretary of the Navy criticizing U.S. submarine capabilities, claiming they were unfit for service. His recommendation, for a Bureau of Submarines, similar to the Bureau of Aeronautics, was turned down. Stirling died in 1948.(navy.mil)
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