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• Thursday, March 06th, 2014

Part 13 – We survived the “ditch” and have joined the pacific fleet.  As we near the equator, much of the crew is getting nervous thinking about the shellback ceremonies.  A few of us are not so worried though. Having recently experienced the blue nose ceremony, we know there is nothing they can do to us that is anywhere near as bad as that.  Plus, the skipper was a wog, so they couldn’t get too carried away.


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• Thursday, March 06th, 2014

Part 12 – Our little clan continues to make progress on their trek towards the pacific.  As we learned in the last story, our boys are traveling without the aid of the towed array.  In this adventure they traverse the Panama Canal.  I was fortunate enough to be the lead handler for line #2 in those days.  It was cool to see such a great work of engineering.  The awe of engineering was pretty quickly overshadowed by the fact that along either side of the boat were riverboat gunships, we thought we’d been transported to a Vietnam era war movie. We were told that there had been “sniper activity” in the area…but not to worry about it.  Yeah, right.


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• Sunday, September 21st, 2008

Part 11 – We have no idea how, but we manage to have a major piece of our sonar gear fall off the ship.  We joke that it was somebody from the Russian ship.  It does make for an exciting few minutes as water rushes in the hole where the equipment used to be – but we survive to fight another day.


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• Sunday, September 21st, 2008

Part Ten – We are still in Curacao, a Russian freighter was docked on the same pier as us – who thought that would work?  A couple brave soles mustered the courage to visit the Russian ship and swap some gear.  Too bad for them that the top-side watch on our boat that night was a bit over-zealous and turned them in when they returned. more…

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• Sunday, September 21st, 2008

Part Nine – On our way around to Pearl we expected to stop at all kinds of great places.  We did not expect Curacao.  It’s a lot like a studio movie lot.  If you are on the pier where cruise ships dock – wow, gorgeous.  If you are on the pier where nuclear Submarines dock….Um, what’s the smell?  Our recreation officer feared a mutiny if something wasn’t done quickly, so he arranged a trip to a lake that rented sail boats and other “fun stuff”.  Not all of us know how to sail.  I’ll leave it at that.  I will say I think the “incident” may have been Karma biting somebody in the butt for giving driving random directions while nearly passed-out in the back seat of a moving car.   You know who you are. more…

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