The events contained within this timeline are official canon for the USS Arizona collaborative writing group and override any real life/true events. Any questions regarding canon matters should be directed to a member of the staff via our Discord server. The timeline includes changes to the world political climate, events between the People’s Republic of China, the Republic of China, and the United States of America as well as other nations. Additionally events regarding COVID-19, females serving aboard United States Submarines, and other important events have been altered or included.
This timeline will be updated as necessary and as time progresses in character. Any event that is not covered within the timeline should be assumed as matching real-world events. The current month and year is April of 2025.
The first female commissioned officers are assigned to Naval Submarine School in Groton, CT.
The first female commissioned officers graduate from Naval Submarine School and are assigned to the fleet. These women serve aboard only Guided Missile (SSGN) and Ballistic Missile (SSBN) Submarines in teams of three. Two junior officers who are qualified nuclear officers and one more senior Supply Officer who can serve as an advisor to the two junior officers were generally assigned to each submarine. Three officers were selected for each submarine due to the layout of commissioned officer quarters having three racks in each stateroom.
After two successful years of female commissioned officers serving aboard submarines a program is launched to include Enlisted/Non-Commissioned Officer personnel ranked E1-E8. At this time new personnel would be assigned directly to the submarine service and personnel already serving in other capacities could apply for conversation or change of rate to the submarine service.
The first female commissioned officers and Enlisted/Non-Commissioned Officers were assigned to, Virginia Class, Fast Attack (SSN) submarines.
Females in the rank of E9 are eligible for conversion to the submarine service in non-nuclear roles. E8s who have previously converted to subsurface warfare specialist are eligible for promotion to E9, WO, or CWO in any role.
Female Warrant and Chief Warrant Officers are eligible to convert to subsurface ratings and assignments.
The Commander of Submarine Forces and Naval Sea Systems Command announce that all Block V Virginia Class submarines and the Columbia Class (replacing SSBNs and SSGNs in the 2030s) will be specifically crewed and designed to support naval personnel of all genders. The Bureau of Naval Personnel has also opened all submarine billets and training opportunities to all female personnel. Conversions from non-submarine service personnel to the submarine service will be reduced in favor of personnel entering the service at career entry moving forward.
The global COVID-19 pandemic continues and is a major contention point during the mid-term elections.
By mid-year, the Center for Disease Control (CDC) reports that the COVID pandemic is coming to a close and that it should be managed further as a seasonal illness similar to influenza. Data collected by the CDC and World Health Organization (WHO) have shown that cases have been relegated to breakthrough cases in winter months over the past 18-months due to increased vaccination rates. With cases dramatically decreasing over spring and summer months with better weather throughout the world the CDC and Federal Drug Administration (FDA) approve annual vaccinations for COVID-19 as done with influenza.
The first third-party candidate in the history of the United States has been elected as President as the US shifts away from the two-party political system after the political chaos of recent years. The USS Oklahoma (SSN-802) is the first Block V of the Virginia Class Fast Attack Submarine to be commissioned. The Block V despite not having been the first submarine to hold female personnel was the first submarine to be completely developed to support crew of all genders without ratios as before. Moving forward all newly commissioned Submarines of the Virginia Class, Columbia Class SSGN/SSBN, and new classes developed will follow this requirement. Lieutenant Commander Elizabeth Watts is assigned as Executive Officer of the Pre-Commissioned Unit Arizona (PCU-803) the first female that has achieved this role within the submarine service. LCDR Watts is also inducted into the Prospective Command Officer program and is expected to follow the fast track into admiralty. As of November the seasonal vaccination rate for COVID-19 has reached 62% and is expected to near 70%. Internationally COVID restrictions are relaxed or have disappeared and international travel is reaching near-normal rates.
2025 – Current Year
The first third-party candidate to be elected President of the United States, Richard Aldrich, is inaugurated. President Aldrich is outspoken regarding the political turmoil within the Chinese and Indo-Pacific region of the world and the treatment of the citizens of the People’s Republic of China and their military operations. President Aldrich directs the Department of State to work with allies to fully recognize the Republic of China (Taiwan) and their views of a unified China. These efforts are fully supported by the European Union and Australia.
Lieutenant Commander Elizabeth Watts, Executive Officer of the USS Arizona, is assigned to the United Kingdom’s Submarine Command School known as “Perisher”. The world renowned submarine command school is known as the world’s toughest and has even had it’s own TV show featuring the school. LCDR Watts is one of the few Americans honored to attend and is the first female from the US to attend.
Evidence of the treatment of Chinese Citizens by the People’s Republic of China, including video evidence, is released highlighting the Uyghur genocide. This effort surfaces through the Eastern Turkistan Government-in-Exile headquartered in Washington, D.C. Throughout the United States, the Republic of China, Australia, and the European Union public outcry demands action of governments. The United States Department of State, the European Union, the Republic of China, and Australia’s Foreign Ministry all denounce the actions of the PRC Central Government.
The People’s Republic of China makes economic and military threats against the United States and other nations supporting the Republic of China. When the responses of the United Nations, European Union, and Australia all solidify their standing, the PRC’s Central Government is forced to back off. With fears of damaging their own economic and political well-being within their party and nation.
Current Events – April
Lieutenant Commander Elizabeth Watts has returned to the USS Arizona after graduating from “Perisher” and is completely qualified as a submarine commanding officer. The Arizona is preparing to depart for a public affairs cruise that will feature the submarine circumnavigating the United States of America via the polar ice cap and Panama Canal.
The President of the United States is expected to speak later this month at the United Nations in support of the Republic of China’s plea to be recognized as China’s legitimate and sole government.