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This post is for all of you that have been putting off uploading your photos and documents to the SSN 680 website, and even those of you that haven’t!

The SSN 680 website (www.ssn-680.org) continues to develop since it morphed into Cold War Boats. Among the latest improvements is the ability for any registered user (this means you) to upload your precious treasures from back in the day.

Simply point your browser to www.ssn-680.org, or navigate to the site thru www.coldwarboats.org, log in, and you will find, at the bottom of each SSN 680 menu, a new menu item that allows you to upload essentially any digital file to the site. (See the post image above).

Don’t bother editing the images or documents - we can take care off that on arrival. Full size, no cropping, no color correction, etc. Let us have a copy of the original so we can give you the best possible result.

Select your file, select the category you think it belongs in, add a caption or description, indicate who gets credit for the image, confirm that we can use the document/image, click UPLOAD, and it’s on its way.

If there are shipmates in a photo, make every effort to identify them in the caption. Our memories aren’t what they used to be, and they are only getting worse.

I’ll process the images, proofread and edit as necessary, and post them in the appropriate places on the site for everybody to appreciate.

Contributing your photos and documents to the Cold War Boats Association is what makes the site a rich and rewarding, as well as unique, tribute to the men and boats who served during the Cold War.

In recognition of your contributions, your status badge will be elevated to Contributor, and will appear below your name in ever Master Sailing List in which you appear on the site.

Now there is no excuse - get hot, get those photos uploaded.

There isn’t a moment to lose!

Written by USS WILLIAM H. BATES (SSN 680) submariners Dean Macris (73-75) and Tim Mazza (73-76), Moral Revenge is a work of fiction about family, honor, devotion, and revenge set in the world of fast-attack submarines. When global events, egos, and naval careers drive the United States Navy to use Vice Admiral Alexis Kochenko as a scapegoat it shakes him and his family to its core.

Finding himself inadvertently complicit in a corrupt consortium jeopardizing the safety of the elite submarine service that he and his son have committed their lives to, the Admiral is consumed protecting the family name and the legacy his Lithuanian immigrant parents had so hoped to create.

Just a quick update on this years Amoeba Races 21, at the Rosen Shingle Creek Resort in Orlando, FL, scheduled for 1000 30 AUG 2021 until you decide to give up or the end of the USSVI Convention on 03 SEP 2021.

Those who have already registered and paid include:

19 regroupex 17It turns out that I am not going to be able to get away for the Amoeba Races or the USSVI Convention in Orlando, FL. 

Just one of those years...

I have two rooms reserved at the Rosen Shingle Creek Resort from 8/29 to 9/03 at the group rate, one double queen, and one king suite. I have to release these in the next few days so I don't pay for them.

21 regroupex 17If you need a room at the Shingle Creek, let me know so we can work out a swap with the hotel. If I don't hear from you by 1800 on 20 AUG 2021, I'll release these back into the general USSVI room pool.

If you are interested, email me at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

See you at REGROUPEX 22!

The preparations for the USS WILLIAM H. BATES (SSN 680) AMOEBA RACES 21 are in full swing.

AMOEBA RACES 21 kicks off Monday morning, 30 AUG 2021 at 1000 with our main event, the Wekiva Island Outing, and continues for the first day or so of the USSVI Convention, where thirteen other boats are also having reunions.

In the true spirit of the Amoeba Races, we are once again off to the races! The Amoeba Races!

Now that most states are opening up for travel, we are moving ahead with the Amoeba Races 2021, also known as this year's USS WILLIAM H. BATES (SSN 680) reunion.

We are coordinating our reunion with the USSVI annual convention in Orlando, Florida. This allows us to take advantage of their hotel rates as well as their scheduled activities. Plans are still being developed but here is what we have now:

SSN-680.org is dead.

Well, the website is still up, and if you type www.ssn-680.org, you’ll still get to the familiar blue and orange Bates site. It’s still usable to a degree, and you can still register and log in. Maybe dead-locked is a better word.

Time marches on. We have reached the point I can’t continue to modify and improve the website because of the database that drives the site. I found out last week when I wasn’t able to incorporate tracking of RSVP ’s to the August get-together in Orlando. The data structure behind the web site literally reached its limit, and without a major overhaul we can’t do much with it. That’s all on me, based on decisions made over eight years ago during the sun-680.org website’s first overhaul.

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