The Association was founded in 1972 to support and perpetuate the Submarine Force Library and Museum located in Groton, Connecticut. The goals of the Association are now as they were then, to promote a historical knowledge of submarines and stimulate awareness, recognition, and pride in the role of the submarine in Naval operations. When the Nautilus Memorial opened in 1986 that supporting role increased significantly.
Donations of $35 or more receive an Annual Membership, Quarterly Newsletter, a 10% discount on items in the museum store, and an invitation to association events such as the annual meeting.
Donations of $250 or more receive a Life Membership which includes everything in the Annual Membership for life.