USS Arizona

Welcome to the USS Arizona!

Welcome to the USS Arizona! We are a collaborative writing group working to produce a quality work of fiction together to share with the Internet. Our story currently takes place in the spring of 2025, with tensions between the United States of America and the People’s Republic of China mounting after the COVID-19 pandemic has come to a close. The USS Arizona (SSN-803) is a Block V Virginia Class fast attack submarine of the United States Navy. As the newest submarine in commission and the second Block V, it has a larger hull size, upgraded technology, and gender neutral crew capabilities that the previous Block I-IV submarines didn’t offer. From underwater and aerial drones to increased sensor capabilities and an upgraded weapons platform, the Arizona is one of the most capable submarines under the water.

In our story, Arizona is currently based out of the Kitsap-Bangor Naval Station in Washington and is preparing to depart on its first cruise. Operation Triton is a public relations cruise that will have the submarine circumnavigate the North American continent, going under the ice pack and through the Panama Canal. The Arizona is the first submarine to complete such a journey since the USS Triton circumnavigated the globe in 1960.

Our community is heavily based on collaboration, as our story is unique and requires research on the Navy and submarines. Importantly, you do not need to have any military experience or knowledge to participate. The members and staff pride themselves on being available to work with each other and help with research needed to write a quality story. Frequent conversations and discussions for specific scenes/posts take place to help guide members through procedures that may occur as part of our writing.

Members are required to be at least eighteen years of age and to participate in our Discord server. To learn more about our story please visit our database, view our page on how to participate, and join us in Discord and say hello!.


Latest News Items

» See Discord

Posted on 08 Sep 2023 @ 14:56 by Lieutenant Commander Elizabeth Watts in Sim Announcement

See Discord for a major announcement.

» Character Requirement Rules

Posted on 26 Jun 2023 @ 15:09 by Lieutenant Commander Elizabeth Watts in Personnel

The community rules have been updated and can be viewed on the database. The following additions were made:

Character Requirements

All members will have a primary character that is a member of the Ward Room (Officer's Mess) either in a role held by a Commissioned or Warrant Officer.
All members will be allowed to have one additional character that is a member of the Chief's Mess (Goat Locker).
All members will be allowed to have additional characters that are enlisted and should make effort to spread them evenly throughout the various departments and divisions.
Characters being listed on the nova's manifest will be at the discretion of the GM and should be requested via a ticket on Discord.

Activity Requirements

All members are encouraged to take an active part in development of the simulation in the appropriate Discord spaces.

» Format Changes

Posted on 26 Jun 2023 @ 13:49 by Lieutenant Commander Elizabeth Watts in Sim Announcement

Afternoon Arizona members,

After much reflection and discussions with Beth over the past months regarding the activity on Arizona, I've realized that changes are needed to continue to be successful and reach the activity levels we once had. My continuous thoughts are torn between immensely enjoying the incredible character development and activity that occurs off the boat and the fact that we need more success in accomplishing writing on the boat and the plot of our intended story. So what do we do?

A few things will change moving forward with how sim development operates and how we will operate in character. So let's outline the two most significant changes:

1). The Arizona Staff will be disbanded, and we will make our out-of-character development much more collaborative, involving all members if they choose to participate. There will be an AGM to be my assistant and to help with approvals of items and administrative matters that require full access to services. Beth will be Arizona's AGM.

2). We offer too large of a set of positions for members to write. We need to find a reason for half of our characters to interact with each other. One reason is differences in appropriateness in the various ranks interacting when not specifically related to duty. As our character development is the most significant part of our writing, we limit many of our members to the interactions they can have off-duty with most characters. Moving forward, all members must have a character that is part of the Ward Room. (Warrant or Commissioned Officer)

So how will we accomplish those two items? There is a development/project forum currently limited to staff that will be cleaned up and made public for all to participate in the development of our world. All interested members will be issued wiki accounts to assist in developing the database. As for the character requirement, there are only a few sim members that this will affect because they will be required to establish a wardroom character. Any additional characters will still be allowed as secondary characters moving forward. A ticket will be created to discuss options with those members.

You'll see some changes in Discord and on the Nova over the next few days. Please be patient; I will get to each step as I have time to focus.

Any questions can be addressed via ticket or in the #arizona or #members chat.

Thank you,

» Rules Update - Staff Communication

Posted on 27 Jan 2023 @ 21:22 by Lieutenant Commander Elizabeth Watts in Sim Announcement

A rule has been added to our list of community rules regarding communication with the staff. To better coordinate our efforts and to keep the entire team involved in all official sim matters, we request that any communication initiated for the staff is done via a ticket created in Discord. From time to time, we may ask that you communicate via nova's PM/DM system if it just makes more sense for the purpose at hand. If you have any questions regarding the updated rules, please create a ticket on the discord in #support and select it from Arizona's category.

You can click here to view the complete list of rules.

» Nova URL Change, New Wiki, Returning Player

Posted on 07 Jan 2023 @ 17:35 by Lieutenant Commander Elizabeth Watts in Sim Announcement

Greetings everyone! With the failure of our attempt to create our WordPress-based system, I've decided to return Nova to our main website. However, Nova doesn't have the most friendly wiki system, so I've created a new wiki to replace the functionality that WordPress did lend to that. We are still working out some kinks, but all the articles that were available on WordPress are now available on the wiki, including one that we never added to the menu for you guys to actually view.

News will now return through sending via nova instead of another system which is why our visitors who are new to the site will see a significant gap between this news item and the previous one, which probably introduces the WordPress site. I've decided it would be a waste of time to migrate news articles from the other system back to nova. That being said, there was a slight data loss with the migration. I clicked one button too soon. If you notice any issues, please create a ticket on Discord using #support.

Any content saved on Nova in the previous 24 hours may no longer be with us, so please use your emails to fix your JPs in progress.

For those who forget, is our main website and is now where the nova is located. Additionally, the new wiki can be found at The wiki contains our rules and privacy policies, all of which saw minor updates for typos and better wording, although the intent of the content remains the same. For transparency's sake, we did remove the use of Trello for the staff.

Also, before I stop writing this announcement, I'd like to welcome back Darth, who writes FT1 Rebecca Robinson, our Lead Fire Control Technician.


Latest Scenes

» Chiefs in the Mess

Episode: E2: Twelve Mile Line
Posted on 15 Jul 2023 @ 13:05 by Senior Chief Petty Officer Franklin Dover & Chief Petty Officer Samantha Gibbons

Dover was one of the very few members of the crew not to have been aboard Arizona since the plank owners joined together to begin training and commission her. He was a bit of a recluse, and the amount of work on his plate, which was deceiving for a unit…

» Paperless Navies & Baby Names

Episode: E2: Twelve Mile Line
Posted on 10 Jul 2023 @ 19:50 by Lieutenant Commander Elizabeth Watts & Lieutenant Ronnie Broward & Lieutenant William Orr

It was about an hour after watch section one went off duty, and the ship was currently under the constant eyes of Lieutenant Castillo and, in all reality Lieutenant Commander McClellandi. Liz had spent most of the first watch section between control, her quarters, and down in maneuvering, getting the…

» Homecoming Tradition (Part One)

Episode: E1: A Historic Voyage
Posted on 13 Jun 2023 @ 14:27 by Lieutenant Commander Elizabeth Watts & Jonathan Demir

For the first time ever, Jon stood at the end of the dock waiting not for his friend--not even for his girlfriend--but for his fiancée. It struck him as odd, honestly, that it should feel different in any way. He'd met Liz at the dock before. Years ago as her…

» Back home: Italian Deilivery

Episode: E1: A Historic Voyage
Posted on 17 May 2023 @ 9:30 by Liam Knight & Sofia Roselli

Sofia took her trusty Volkswagon on the road, like Ciara she had bought it years ago and was going to drive it in to the ground before looking for a replacement.

Today she was going to see another of the Arizona family. Someone who while he was going through what…

» A Repeat Meet

Episode: Our Path
Posted on 27 Apr 2023 @ 20:41 by Petty Officer First Class Rebecca Robinson & Maxwell Tate

Rebecca had been faithful in her walks through the trails over the past week and liked doing so in the morning breeze with the frost still visibly on the ground. She had made three laps when she looked in the middle of the park. Sitting on a bench was Max,…