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luvmysuper

C.C. & D.U.
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I was in the aft engine room which included the fire room.

Once when I was using steam drains on the lower level to wash my socks,
I saw oil pouring out of a pressure gauge on a main feed pump.
The bourden tube had just simply snapped in half.

The BT of the watch was glad for the information.
I had a close friend who had a MFP seize up on overspeed. The turbine exited the casing, went through the overhead, took the wallet out of the pocket of the Chief Personnelman, went through the bulkhead, and skipped down the pier.
 
Cool! I remember we used to have a badge back on the old servers.

US Navy 1996-present
E9 (Master Chief)
Electronics Technician

4 ships, all shooters (a Spruance-class DD and 3 cruisers - USS CHANCELLORSVILLE is the only one still in commission) wrapped around recruiting, a Great Lakes tour, a very brief stop at DEVGRU, and a couple staff billets. Currently doing ship readiness assessments for Commander, Naval Surface Forces Atlantic.

Oh, and my "official" command board photo...

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My father’s last duty station was CMC at AES - 32nd Street, NAVSTA SD
 

luvmysuper

C.C. & D.U.
Staff member
US Navy (1973-1977)

USS Oriskany (CVA-34) Two WESPAC tours working on the flight deck of the carrier.
I had a buddy in Engineering on the Oriskany around that time!
Have you seen the TV show where they set charges on her and sent her down as an artificial reef?
It's called "Sinking Of An Aircraft Carrier". It's now a very popular dive spot in the Gulf of Mexico and is affectionately referred to as "The Great Carrier Reef".
 
I had a buddy in Engineering on the Oriskany around that time!
Have you seen the TV show where they set charges on her and sent her down as an artificial reef?
It's called "Sinking Of An Aircraft Carrier". It's now a very popular dive spot in the Gulf of Mexico and is affectionately referred to as "The Great Carrier Reef".
Yes, I kind of tried to follow that whole process from mothball fleet to dive reef. The O Boat was an Essex class carrier whose keel was laid for WW2. They kept her back, however, made a bunch of mods, and she didn't see service until Korea. She was an old ship, even when I was on her. Before my second Westpac, we had to spend 8 months in Long Beach in drydock just to get her capable of that last long Pacific tour. At the end of it, while still in the Philippines, many of the crew were actually flown back to the States to our next tour of duty and Oriskany limped back to the world with just essential watchstanders and the decommishioning crew. She was basically too old for the mothball fleet and I think the dive reef idea was a splendid one.
 
I had a buddy in Engineering on the Oriskany around that time!
Have you seen the TV show where they set charges on her and sent her down as an artificial reef?
It's called "Sinking Of An Aircraft Carrier". It's now a very popular dive spot in the Gulf of Mexico and is affectionately referred to as "The Great Carrier Reef".
I have made that dive. Best dive I've done CONUS.
 
United States Navy from 1988 to 1992
Aviation Machinist Mate (AD) aka. Nose Picker
Attack Squadron 65 (World Famous Fighting Tigers) VA-65
Carrier Air Group 8 (6th fleet) stationed in Virginia Beach at NAS Oceana.
VA-65 was attached aboard the USS Coral Sea (CVA-43) on her final voyage before her decommissioning. And then to the USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN-72) for the initial shake-down shortly after she was commissioned. And finally, aboard the USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN-71) for the support of Desert Shield/Storm in 1991.

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You were on the around the horn cruise?
 
1. USA

2. Air Force & Ohio Air National Guard 1983-1992 (819th RHCES and 200th RHCES)

3. E5

4. Civil Engineering Assistant (55370)

5. Oddest TDY involved RAF Greenham Common. The construction site was off base and we had to traffic through the single-lane gate in the morning and evening. There were a good many British women (and a fair number of American women) protesters that took exception to the nuclear-tipped GLCMs on site. The air base is gone now and Google shows it as some kind of commercial / business park.
Oh I remember the 'Greenham Wimmin' all right :001_rolle

It was a pretty tense time, esp 1983. Maybe the closest to 1962 in terms of threat.

My family lived a mile at most from the runway at a place called RAF Manston. That was going to be one of the end points for the 'air bridge' of supplies and re-inforcements from the 'States. It had maybe the longest RAF runway in the country, with a couple of others.

Used to watch the F-111's fly out over the Channel, turn when about half way and practice strike runs on Ramsgate. Manston was closed in the 90's. It was literally buzzing with planes and exercises back in the day.

I was in London, about 70 miles away from 84'. I still remember worrying how I would get back to them if it got real.

Manston was lined up to receive about 5 megatons, so it would have been over for my family very quick.
 
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Oh I remember the 'Greenham Wimmin' all right :001_rolle

It was a pretty tense time, esp 1983. Maybe the closest to 1962 in terms of threat.

My family lived a mile at most from the runway at a place called RAF Manston. That was going to be one of the end points for the 'air bridge' of supplies and re-inforcements from the 'States. It had maybe the longest RAF runway in the country, with a couple of others.

Used to watch the F-111's fly out over the Channel, turn when about half way and practice strike runs on Ramsgate. Manston was closed in the 90's. It was literally buzzing with planes and exercises back in the day.

I was in London, about 70 miles away from 84'. I still remember worrying how I would get back to them if it got real.

Manston was lined up to receive about 5 megatons, so it would have been over for my family very quick.
Never made it Manston. Wow, that is a long strip! I thought Wethersfield was long, but Manston beats it by nearly half a mile!

Frick! 70 miles? Yeah, that would make me tense, too. So many shuttered air bases...
 
US
Air Force 1979-2000
E-7
Armed Forces Radio and Television Service
Clark AB PI, Ramstein AB Germany,MacDill AFB FL., Elmendorf AB AK., Kelly AFB TX. Various TDY's around the world.
Kalmor, when were you at Ramstein? I was at AFN HQ in Frankfurt from '92-'95.
 
Jim:
+1...just like logistics in any Service...it's all about the 3 B's of taking care of Service members;

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Bullets
& Blankets

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"All army's travels on its stomach". CBJ
"Feed your horse, feed your men, then feed yourself." One of my old cavalry comrades. In addition to "If your horse doesn't want to go there, neither do you." Much wisdom in the cavalry....:001_smile
 
1. Canada
2. Royal Canadian Air Force
3. Cpl.
4. Served for 9 years as Aircraft Structure and Aviation Life Support Systems Tech. Working as a NDT tech, now (Non Destructive Testing).
5. Served in CFB Borden ON, CFB Trenton ON. In Northen Canada, now.

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I was at Trenton in the JRCC and the Wing TIS. Good to see another RCAF member here!
 
USA
USN (1986-1992)
Electronic Warfare Technician(EW3, that E-5 test score remained elusive !!!)
Was stationed on a Cadillac of a ship (USS Texas, CGN-39), her keel was laid in 1978 and she was being cut in to razor blades by the time I exited service :(
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What made this ship a Cadillac? I was on a Destroyer Escort (USS Sample DE1048), built in 1968? It was supposed to have special stabilizers, which never worked. It was nothing special in comparison to a WWII tin can I briefly served on.
 
What made this ship a Cadillac? I was on a Destroyer Escort (USS Sample DE1048), built in 1968? It was supposed to have special stabilizers, which never worked. It was nothing special in comparison to a WWII tin can I briefly served on.
Her keel was laid in 1978, she was just sleek and fast, nuclear powered......Never had to worry about not having hot water for a shower!!!:)
 
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