USS L. Mendel Rivers (SSN 686) 2021 Reunion

Thursday July 29 - Sunday August 1, 2021

Embassy Suites by Hilton Charleston Airport Hotel & Convention Center

5055 International Boulevard, North Charleston, South Carolina, 29418

Registration Deadline, July 1, 2021


Room rate = $165.00 per night plus tax

Includes: Cooked to Order Breakfast, Manager's Cocktail Party each night, hospitality room and suite, complimentary shuttle service to Charleston Airport, 1-4 people per room. (King or Double, Non-smoking). Hotel Parking is $5.00 per day

All reservations should be made through Shellback Cruises

Rooms are available at the same rate, "space available" for the days before and after the reunion.

Reunion Schedule:

Thursday July 29
1500 - 2200
Hospitality Suite Open
1830 - 2130

Optional Charleston Harbor Dinner Cruise ($55.00pp) (Cash Bar and live entertainment!)

Friday, July 30
0600-0800 Complimentary Hot Breakfast for hotel guests
0800 - 2200

Hospitality Suite Open

Perhaps.....Optional Middleton Plantation Guided Garden tour and Buffet Lunch - will be dependent on demand

Optional CSS Hunley Tour ($17.00 per person)

1730 - 1830

Complimentary Managers Reception for hotel guests. (Cash bar for non-hotel guests)
Low Country Boil Buffet Dinner in the hotel (Wear your Subvets Vest if you are a member)
Hospitality Suite Open
Saturday, July 31
0730-1030 Complimentary Hot Breakfast for hotel guests
0800 - 1730
Hospitality Suite Open
Optional "All Hands Muster on the Pier - Service of Remembrance" (Patriots Point Cold War Submarine Memorial)(Group pictures will be taken as desired)


On your own Sight Seeing

Group and Individual Portraits

1730 - 1830

Complimentary Managers Reception for hotel guests. (Cash bar for non-hotel guests)
Banquet - Southern Style Buffet Dinner
  Special Guest Speaker - Rivers' Alum RADM Jeff Jablon, USN
After Banquet - 2200
Hospitality Suite Open
Sunday, August 1
0730-1030 Complimentary Hot Breakfast for hotel guests

Charleston Dinner Cruise (Optional): $55.00 per person including desert, tax and gratuity (Reservations Required)

There’s no better way to experience Charleston and her history than from the deck of a SpiritLine yacht. The Spirit of Carolina offers a unique dining experience with breathtaking views of the Charleston harbor. The Spirit of Carolina features two enclosed climate controlled dining salons, open observation decks and a full-service onboard galley. She is finely appointed with handmade bars, brass fixtures, oriental carpets, ten-foot ceilings, spacious, handicap-accessible restrooms and expansive bay windows. Enjoy an unforgettable three hour harbor tour as you savor a three or four course gourmet meal choosing one of five entrees. All entrees are served with rice or potatoes, fresh seasonal vegetables, rolls and butter, coffee and tea. We also offer music, entertainment and dancing on each of our two dining decks.



CSS Hunley Tour: $20.00 per person (reservations required)






Who's Coming: Ray and Vonnie Jones (Rivers #2) '76 - '79; Frank and Laura Jordan '79 - '82 (Rivers #3); Rusty and Kathryn Pickett (Rivers #6) '76 - '87, '88 - '91; Mike and Karis Blumbaugh '85 - '89; Christopher and Elizabeth Whitfield '95 - '99; John and Rebecca Hodge '73 - '77; Calvin and Karla Staudt '78 - 81; Jason and Terry Scott '94 - '98; Bob Windrow '76 - '85; Dave and Wanda King with Heidi Fenton; Jerry and Lina Byrne '88 - '93; Nathan and Brenda Flippen '89 - '93;

Who's doing the Dinner Cruise: Ray and Vonnie Jones, Rusty and Kathryn Pickett; Mike and Karis Blubaugh; Christopher and Elizabeth Whitfield; John and Rebecca Hodge; Calvin and Karla Staudt; Bob Windrow; Dave and Wanda King with Heidi Fenton; Jerry and Lina Byrne; Nathan and Brenda Flippen;

Who is planning on coming: Dave Grove; Tom and Pam Flanagan; Rick and Sue Sykes; Richard and Bev Thompson;


Who can't make it this time but will be with us in spirit!:

Reunion Fee: $150.00 per person - includes Dinner Frinday night, Saturday Banquet, the Refreshments/Snacks in Hospitality Suite, and Reunion Memento.

Click for a printable registration form to register for the reunion.

Info and questions?

Contact Rusty Pickett, 1-888-497-2227 or