Vern Armstrong enlisted in US Navy June 1961. Trained in Interior Communications, Nuclear Power Plant operations and qualified on five different submarines. Attended SCUBA school at Pearl Harbor, HI in 1968 and maintained that certification until 1979 and still enjoys diving.
Vern was commissioned as Warrant Officer in 1975 and accepted to HeO2 Deep Sea Diving and Salvage Officer school at Navy Yard , Washington DC. Was Diving Officer on USS Proteus and Trident Refit Facility, Bangor, WA where he
retired as Lieutenant January 1986.