Speaker’s Bureau

Are you looking for a speaker for your civic organization, veteran’s group, or community event? We offer free presentations about several subjects related to naval undersea history and technology.

Presentations are typically 25–30 minutes in length and accompanied by a PowerPoint image slideshow. Please see the descriptions below to see which programs are available.

We will do our best to support your event, depending on staff availability. Presentations arranged at least two weeks in advance will be easier to accommodate. To request a presentation, please contact our curator at NUM_curator@navy.mil or (360) 396-5517.


numAn Introduction to the U.S. Naval Undersea Museum

As a federally-funded museum, the U.S. Naval Undersea Museum is a free resource we hope to share as widely as possible. This overview of the museum introduces our mission, history, exhibits, education programs, artifact collection, and volunteer opportunities. Learn more about what we do, what we offer, and how we serve our local and national communities.


oklahomasalvageSalvaging Shipwrecks

Navy salvage forces go to work when the worst happens: a ship sinks, a collision occurs, a weapon is lost, a space shuttle explodes. This presentation tells the stories of the Navy’s most notable salvage operations, including raising sunken submarines USS F-4 and USS S-51, salvaging ships after the attack on Pearl Harbor, and recovering the wreckage of Space Shuttle Challenger.


thresherlegacy-logoThe Thresher Legacy

The tragic sinking of the fast attack submarine USS Thresher (SSN 593) in April 1963 devastated the Navy. The accident became a defining point in submarine and deep submergence history, producing two incredible programs that became Thresher‘s legacy: the Submarine Safety (SUBSAFE) Program and the Deep Submergence Systems Project. Hear the full account in this presentation, developed in conjunction with our temporary exhibit “The Thresher Legacy” which is on display through 2020.


polarisFamous Undersea Sayings

“Damn the torpedoes, full speed ahead!” “Sighted sub, sank same.” “Underway on nuclear power.” “Out of the deep to target: perfect.” Naval undersea history is flush with famous phrases spoken in the heat of battle, triumph, and loss. Discover the stories behind some of the undersea Navy’s most oft-repeated sayings in this presentation.



gpsMilitary Technology Goes Mainstream

Did you know that some of the technologies and devices you use today were originally developed by the Navy or Department of Defense? Everyday things like GPS, the internet, duct tape, and lawnmower blades began as military technologies before their uses expanded worldwide. This presentation explores some of the most mainstream technologies with military roots.