“Feats and Fears Beneath the Sea”,
The reflections of the Commanding Officer of a Nuclear Attack Submarine During the Cold War.
Captain Charles R. MacVean, USN, (Ret.), Ph.D.
Charlie MacVean was raised in Ridgewood, NJ and graduated from Ridgewood High School. He attended Dartmouth College on the NROTC Scholarship. After commissioning, he served on board a Destroyer out of Newport, RI. While on board, he was selected for the Navy’s Junior Line Officers Advanced Scientific Program and sent to Cornell University where he earned a Ph.D. in Nuclear Science and Engineering. Following selection by ADM Rickover, he entered the Nuclear Power and Submarine Training pipeline. Charlie served on four nuclear powered submarines: USS TINOSA, USS GEORGE WASHINGTON, USS PARCHE as commissioning Executive Officer, and USS SEAWOLF as Commanding Officer. Subsequent to that, he commanded a submarine squadron in San Diego, SUBMARINE DEVELOPMENT GROUP ONE. He also had a Pentagon tour on the staff of the Secretary of Defense.
Captain MacVean retired after 22 years in the Navy, 16 years in submarines and 4.5 years under water. Since that time, he led several commercial companies in the San Diego area and he is on the Boards of several non-profit organizations, including the San Diego Maritime Museum. He has been a member of Point Loma Community Presbyterian Church since 1981 and he is an Elder in this church.
Charlie will discuss many aspects of life on a nuclear submarine. He will also cover aspects of the Cold War and his experiences as a Commanding Officer of a nuclear submarine during the Cold War.
Charlie married his High School Algebra classmate, Ellen; they have three children and two grandchildren. Feel free to bring your questions.