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Friday, October 21, 2005

Sub Linehandling in Crete... Redux

For the second time in a week, the Navy is treating us to photos of a submarine tying up in Souda Bay, Crete. Following the release of last week's picture of the USS Philadelphia (SSN 690) bringing on lines, now we get three (!) pictures of USS San Juan (SSN 751) mooring in the same port. These pictures can be seen here, here, and here.

The USS San Juan (or "San One", as she is sometimes affectionately known) is finishing up a deployment in which she participated in the Shark Hunt 2005 ASW exercise in the Med.

The earlier picture of the Philly sparked quite an interesting discussion on linehandling over at Rontini's BBS, including an explanation of why they aren't using the traditional "monkey's fist" at the end of the heaving line (or "heavie").

Going deep...


Anonymous Anonymous said...

Anyone see something inappropriate in the second 'here' photo?

10/21/2005 2:14 AM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

You mean the fellow with no cover on? I suspect he's a diver.

10/21/2005 2:37 AM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

How about in every pic everyone's wearing boondockers instead of deck shoes? Unless they finally got smart. Those deck shoes never where any good when you got off the non-skid.

10/21/2005 6:33 AM

Anonymous Anonymous said...


The COB appears to be talking on one of the ship's XTS-5000 Force Protection radios. This is inappropriate as these radios are intended to be used for tactical communications, not routine evolutions. Couldn't tell if the gunner topside has a radio, which would be appropriate for him to have.

Yes, the cover-less Sailor is a swimmer.

The shoe issue isn't a concern. If you recall, the SORM requires "rubber-soled shoes to be worn topside. Boondockers are rubber soled and provide much greater traction than those worthless sperry topsiders...


10/22/2005 5:50 PM


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