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"Run silent, run deep" have long been watchwords
for the submarine service, but today's modern attack
subs couldn't run at all without the support from ships
like the submarine tender USS Dixon.
Susan Piver, daughter of Shiriev Piver of Shallotte. is
a part of that support system. She is a ship's serviceman
aboard the Dixon, homeported in San Diego. California.
The 21-year-oUl petty officer third class is a 1982 graduate
of West Brunswick High School.
"I'm the ship's store operator." she says. "I've also
worked as a purchasing agent and records keeper for my
"Our ship's store serves the whole crew . We sell personal
items like toothpaste and uniform items, but we
also sell stereos, cameras and other things.
"We really need the store when the ship goes to sea.
The prices are often better than in the civilian w orld too,
so it can tie a bargain for the crew as well."
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sup|Kirt (or attack submarines, doing work that otherwise
would require a sub to visit a shipyard That support
includes repairing equipment, issuing and repairing
torpedoes and missiles and supplying spare parts.
The ship also provides "hotel services," such as electrical
power and fresh water, to subs berthed alongside,
as well as a variety of personnel, medical, and disbursing
R Piver entered the Navy in November of 1982.
r "1 Joined the Navy to travel," she says. "1 come from
a small tow n, so 1 wanted to broaden my horizons.
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"My dad was in the Navy. Originally 1 didn't want to
join?I thought it was the last thing I'd do, but 1 couldn't
afford college, so one day I signed up. My mom loves the
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After boot camp in Orlando, Fin., Fiver served tours
of duty at a naval weapons magazine in Hawaii and a
weapons station in Charleston, S.C. She reported aboard
the Dixon in September of 1984.
"1 like dealing with the crew. I get a good feel for
what the crew likes by seeing what they buy. At sea. people
do a lot of socializing around the store, too. You learn
a lot about the people you work with."
The Dixon was the first ship of her kind to deploy to
the Indian Ocean in 1981. During that employment the
ship supported U.S. Navy submarines and surface ships.
1'iver has yet to go overseas, but did visit Acapulco
recently on board the Dixon.
"The city has a lot of natural beauty," she says. "It's
similar to Hawaii. 1 like tropical places?warm water,
colorful flowers, the mountains?anything dealing with
"I went parasailing, saw the cliff divers, and took
taxi rides to see the area around the city. I also did some
Fiver is hoping for order overseas, hopefully to Kola,
Spain. She ts also planning marriage soon, to Patrick
Christian, of 1 jiVergne, after which the couple will travel
in i lu'i s iron tuny srantnr
Pivor says the Navy has helped her grow.
"I've grown up a lot," she says. "I've seen a lot of
people who were different from those I grew up around.
It's helped me to widen my views and open up my
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ICR BEACON, Thursday, December 26, 1985?Page 5-A
O S NAVV PMOIOS BY HANK NIWMAN
SUSAN PIVRH serves aboanl the submarine tender
USS Dixon, hnmeported in San Diego. The 21-year-old
petty officer third class is the daughter of Shirley Diver
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