Press Release: Admiral John B Padgett III, US Navy

Admiral John B Padgett III, US Navy (Ret’d), presents, “US Submarine Employment and Effectiveness in a Dynamic World: Stealth, Mobility and Firepower”

This Southeast Connecticut World Affairs Council virtual meeting takes place on Tuesday, June 30, 2020, via Zoom

Waterford, CT (June 20, 2020) – The Southeast Connecticut World Affairs Council (SECWAC) announced today that Admiral John Padgett is to speak on the employment and effectiveness of the US submarine fleet in today’s world at 6:00 p.m. on Tuesday, June 30, 2020, via Zoom. Registration is required to get the Zoom invitation.

SECWAC member Admiral John Padgett, USN (Retd), will discuss the employment and evolution of submarines in the US Navy and their utility in today’s dynamic international geopolitical environment. He will address some issues of cost, the industrial base, and the value to our nation of having a robust Submarine Force; in addition, he will discuss the near-term future changes that are being implemented by our Navy today.

The presentation is part of the SECWAC 2019-2020 monthly Speaker Series. 

Cost: Free for members and guests, $20 for non-members – registration is required.


Rear Admiral John B Padgett III is a graduate of the United States Naval Academy (1969), where he earned a BS in Mechanical Engineering.  He also holds a Master of Science degree in Engineering Science and Mechanics from the Georgia Institute of Technology

A career submarine officer, Admiral Padgett commanded the attack submarine USS Omaha (SSN 692), served as Commander, Submarine Squadron ELEVEN and was the 75th Commandant of Midshipmen at the United States Naval Academy.

Following his selection to flag rank, Admiral Padgett served on the staff of United States Strategic Command, on the staff of the Chief of Naval Operations, and as Commander, Submarine Group TWO, and concurrently, as Commander, Navy Region Northeast.

His final assignment on active duty was as the 30th Commander, Submarine Force, United States Pacific Fleet. Responsible for the operation, maintenance, and strategic planning for all U.S. submarines in the Pacific and Indian Oceans, he worked closely with other submarine forces in the theater.


SECWAC is a regional, nonprofit, membership organization affiliated with the World Affairs Councils of America (WACA). The organization dates back to 1999, and has continued to arrange at least 8-10 meetings annually, between September and June. The meetings present a range of topics in international affairs, foreign policy and diplomatic history, and are hosted at venues along the I-95 corridor, welcoming members and guests from Stonington to Old Saybrook, and beyond.  SECWAC’s mission is “to foster an understanding of issues of foreign policy and international affairs through study, debate, and educational programming.” It provides a forum for nonpartisan, non-advocacy dialogue between members and speakers, who can be U.S. policymakers, educators, authors, and other experts on foreign relations. Learn more at


CALENDAR LISTING: Southeast Connecticut World Affairs Council (SECWAC) presents Admiral John Padgett on Tuesday, June 30, 2020, at 6:00 p.m. via Zoom. Registration required at


Mission Statement

The mission of the Southeast Connecticut World Affairs Council (SECWAC) is to foster an understanding of issues of foreign policy and international affairs by study, debate, and educational programming, primarily through a Speakers Series of 8 to 10 monthly meetings.