EP55, From Community College Professor to Sub Captain, David Rifkin

Submarine Sea Stories | Ever wonder what it's like to spend the cold war under water with 100 other guys?

20-06-2021 • 39 mins

David Rifkin never planned on joining the Navy. He found the salary for a community college professors not quite enough. He consented to an interview with Adm Rickover and was accepted to the Navy Nuclear Power program.

David worked his way up the ranks, supporting his sailors and officers making decisions while commanding the USS Billfish, SSN 676.

He is still active the USSVI as the base commander in Jacksonville, Florida. Who knows, it might be time to take a trip down there for a visit.

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