Dead for Decades, the Torpedoman’s Mate Rating Is Born Again

Dead for Decades, the Torpedoman’s Mate Rating Is Born Again
U.S. Navy photo by MC1 Michael C. Barton

The silent service spoke, and the Navy listened.

During an April all hands call convened by then-Chief of Naval Operations Adm. John Richardson at Washington's Naval Base Kitsap, sailors wondered if he could resurrect the submarine torpedoman's mate rate.

It had been absorbed into the machinist's mate rate in 1995, but on Tuesday it was born again.

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