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Tuesday, August 02, 2005

HMS Invincible Retiring

(Intel source: NOSI) Just read a story about the upcoming retirement of the aircraft carrier HMS Invincible. I was on her for a few hours back in 2000, when I was in the Arabian Gulf on the USS John C. Stennis. I heloed over with the Battle Group Commander and met with their submarine planning guys (including the American submariner assigned to their Battle Group staff -- don't think that was an easy job, the guy was out to sea almost continuously, since the UK only had one BG staff for their three Battle Groups; the staff rotated to each deployed carrier in turn.) It was quite nice, although my buddies were a little pissed that me, a non-drinker, got to go to the Brit warship -- seeing that alcohol was served on board. The young woman who worked in the ship's store there asked me for my dolphins, but I had to politely decline, explaining to my Brit hosts that there's only one thing that will cause an American submariner to give his dolphins to a lady, and since I was married, and she was enlisted, it wasn't going to happen. They explained that the British ships actually had civilians riding and doing these tasks -- but I was still married, so she didn't get my dolphins...

Going deep...

4 Comments:

Blogger ninme said...

So that would have been *after* the dancing-on-the-bar-in-Thailand incident?

Or were you stone-sober then, too.

8/02/2005 12:31 PM

 
Blogger Bubblehead said...

The dancing-on-the-bar deployment was in '92; I stopped drinking between then and the '00 deployment I did on Stennis. Not that I still didn't have fun on the "dry" deployment; plus, I got to see things other than the waterfront bars... (From that deployment, one of our intel guys produced a "handy translation guide" for Malaysia that included the Malay phrase for *My toilet is full of beer*.)

8/02/2005 4:46 PM

 
Blogger Skippy-san said...

Too bad the young lady could not have "earned" her dolphins. Think what a sea story that would have been........

8/03/2005 2:48 PM

 
Blogger Bubblehead said...

"So there I was, on a Brit warship, my pants around my ankles..."

8/03/2005 10:33 PM

 

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