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Wednesday, September 21, 2005

Show Of Hands...

...for the nukes out there: How many of you ever made a "Christmas Tree" in Maneuvering by cutting out the alarms in a triangle shape, with a "trunk" at the bottom, on the temperature monitoring panel?


Blogger PigBoatSailor said...

The real trick was to put "lights" on the tree, by taking the alarm to test, and then cal'ing them up above their setpoint, so some flashed at a different time than the others. Of course, you could only do this shutdown.

And, uh, yeah, I never did that. Nope, never ;-)

9/22/2005 7:28 AM

Anonymous tat2dhillbilly said...

on one patrol we kept a fly that got sucked in through the induction mast alive in the scram switch for 1 whole week.

some eoow's got nervous during feeding time.

"excuse me, r.o., but why are you opening the scram switch?"

9/22/2005 12:36 PM

Blogger bothenook said...

on seawolf, we had a new year's tradition that entailed opening the vital and semi-vital lighting breakers throughout the engineering plant, and at midnight, hit every alarm in maneuvering. this was accompanied with a coleman cooler jug full of orange juice and fermented potato skins (available from our good friends the schmirnoffs). one year, we were getting all set, the entire duty section in maneuvering, and our local NRRO rep showed up at something like 2 minutes to midnight. FREAKOUT in the engineering spaces. he pulls out a collapsible cup, taps the jug, and at the stroke of midnight looked at the SMAW and asked if he was going to do the deed. in for a penny in for a dollar. we were busted anyway, so off went the alarms, all the lights flashing, and a 2 MC announcement welcoming the new year blared throughout the spaces. a couple of minutes later after everything settled down again, and the lighting turned back on, he thanked us for the "orange juice", wished us a happy new year, and left. i found out later that he had sailed the seawolf out of nuke school, and had earned his dolphins onboard her. guess the tradition was at least 15 years old by the time i participated.
some traditions are good. this one was great.

9/22/2005 5:36 PM

Blogger Vigilis said...

bo, that is definitely one of the best stories!

9/22/2005 7:02 PM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Bubblehead, I'm with ten other nukes and we were wondering, which periscope do you want us to hold up our hands to? The water is getting cold.

9/22/2005 7:05 PM

Blogger Bubblehead said...

Having internet access on a sub is surely one of the wonders of the modern world. Being nukes, you have to do your "show of hands" to the RC periscope...

9/22/2005 8:59 PM

Blogger ninme said...


You are all *terribly* entertaining.

9/22/2005 10:05 PM

Anonymous ex-ET nuke said...

That's a new one on me, we just had more fun swapping the alarm lenses around on the RPCP and seeing if the EDO or EOOW(yes we even did this one underway) would notice. We also would pull the label plates off of the switches/meters while shutdown on the midwatches and read or write amusing anectdotes on the backs.

9/26/2005 2:53 PM


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