VICE ADMIRAL GEORGE PEABODY STEELE, USN(Ret)
CO SEADRAGON SSN 584 DEC 59 -MAY 61
Vice Admiral Steele
was born 27 July 1924 in San Francisco the son of the late Captain James M.
Steele, U.S. Navy, a graduate of the Naval Academy Class of 1916, and one of
the chief strategists on the staff of Fleet Admiral Nimitz during World War II.
He was appointed to the
He served five years in the BECUNA in the Pacific and Atlantic Fleets before going to the staff of Submarine Squadron Eight as Electronics Officer. A tour of duty as Tactical Instructor followed at the
In the Mediterranean during the British-French invasion of
After brief service in the Office of the Chief of Naval Operations he began twenty months training in the Navy Nuclear Propulsion Program under the direct supervision of then Rear Admiral Hyman G. Rickover. In December 1958 he reported at Portsmouth Naval Shipyard as Prospective Commanding Officer of the nuclear powered attack submarine USS SEADRAGON(SSN584) . After sea trials the following summer, SEADRAGON was commissioned on 5 December 1959 and ordered to join the Pacific Fleet after shakedown cruise.
In August 1960 Commander Steele took SEADRAGON from the Atlantic to the Pacifc via the
Service followed on the staff of the Deputy Commander, Submarine Force Atlantic at New London as Tactical Training Officer being required personally to examine and certify engineering personnel of all new construction nuclear powered submarines. He was then ordered to command the new nuclear powered, ballistic missile submarine, USS DANIEL BOONE(SSBN629) under construction at the
Upon being selected for promotion to Rear Admiral in 1968 (the youngest naval officer to be so selected up to that date), he spent two years as Commander U. S. Naval Forces Korea; Commander, Naval Component, United Nations Command; and Chief of the U. S. Naval Advisory Group, Korea. During this period he obtained Naval aircraft for the ROK Air Force and successfully trained the South Korean Navy and Air Force to work together at sea to stop high speed, agent carrying boats infiltrating from North Korea.
Admiral Steele then commanded Anti-Submarine Warfare Group FOUR, with his flag in the USS INTREPID(CVS11 ), consisting normally of her anti-submarine air wing and four to six destroyer types, an oiler, and a submarine, for eighteen months including a deployment to the Mediterranean and Northern Europe. This cruise was the last one of a
Following a tour in Casteau, Belgium, as Deputy Assistant Chief of Staff, Plans and Policy on the staff of the Supreme Allied Commander, Europe, he was assigned in July 1973 as Commander, U. S. SEVENTH Fleet with the rank of Vice Admiral, flying his flag in the USS OKLAHOMA CITY(CG5), homeported in Yokosuka, Japan. During his two years commanding the fleet he was required to institute the continuous presence of the major
While on active duty VADM Steele was awarded the Distinguished Service Medal, the Legion of Merit with four Gold Stars in lieu of the second through fifth Legions of Merit, and the Navy Unit Commendation(USS SEADRAGON) with Star (USS DANIEL BOONE) . He was also awarded the Peruvian Meritorious Navy Cross, Grade of Commander; the Japanese Order of the Rising Sun, Second Class; the Republic of China's Cloud and Banner, Second Class; and the Republic of Korea's Order of National Security Merit, Kuk Seon Medal.
He is the author of SEADRAGON, Northwest Under the Ice(1962) and Vengeance in the Depths(1963), and co-author of Nuclear Submarine Skippers and What They Do(1962) . He wrote numerous magazine and newspaper articles and was the first writer to propose (in the pages of the U. S. Naval Institute Proceedings) a task force consisting of a nuclear powered aircraft carrier and escorting nuclear powered ships
Retiring in September 1975, VADM Steele joined Interocean Management Corporation (managing ocean-going vessels of various kinds) in Philadelphia, rising to Chairman of the Board and Chief Executive Officer. He became majority shareholder of the company in 1982, selling his interest and retiring in 1989.
He served for eight years as the Chairman of the Board of Trustees of the Foreign Policy Research Institute, and in 1986 was elected to serve for a year as Chairman of the Board of the American Institute of Merchant Shipping. He is a former Member of the Board of Managers, and the Management Committee, of the American Bureau of Shipping