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Monday, November 21, 2005

GMA On USS Scranton

As previously mentioned by The Sub Report, Good Morning America will be broadcasting from Norfolk tomorrow, and news anchor Robin Roberts will be reporting from, and spending the night on, USS Scranton (SSN 756) on Wednesday:

"The Navy and the show’s producers announced that Roberts will go to sea on Wednesday aboard the Norfolk-based submarine Scranton and report live while the submarine is under way. She’ll spend a night aboard the Scranton.
"On Tuesday, Roberts is scheduled to visit the Submarine Learning Facility at the naval station, where submariners sharpen their skills in everything from firefighting to navigation."

Guess the XO gets to find somewhere else to sleep that night...

Update 2221 22 Nov: From ABC News, a report on the first day of the GMA visit to Norfolk. Not surprisingly, the topic of women on subs was addressed, and VADM Munns had the answer:

"Many countries allow women to serve on submarines, but the U.S. forces, only men can serve.
"For the submarine service we deploy for six months, the countries you talked about deploy for two weeks," Munns said. "The living space on a submarine is [the size of] a three-bedroom house, with 140 people in that space. It is a matter of privacy."

The article also said that USS Scranton is "just larger than a football field" but that's a little misleading; LA class boats are 362' long, or 2 feet longer than goalpost to goalpost, but are significantly narrower (only 11 yards across).


Blogger ninme said...

You know, after your earlier post of 12.05 am today, are you sure that's wise...?

11/21/2005 8:37 PM

Blogger Bubblehead said...

It's completely safe... submariners fear having the media on board -- or at least they fear the XO's wrath if one of them does anything that anyone could perceive to be wrong.

11/21/2005 9:26 PM

Blogger WillyShake said...

NOOOO! Not the USS Scr*tum! %#@%* ...they were our squadron nemesis--cocky & consdescending. Now it seems they're adding "media grabbing" to their list of annoyances. As Indiana Jones would say, "I HATE these guys!"

LOL. Ok,'s a good thing for the sub force I suppose *sigh* ...good for them.

11/22/2005 6:02 AM

Blogger PigBoatSailor said...

LOL Willy-

And here I was thinking, "Well good for them, a few of 'em will be on TV." I've got a much different feeling towards the Scanton - they've been consistenly screwed over by NAVSEA - always getting the brandy-newest combat systems, ie. not fully tested yet. They always had equip. problems because of it, and yet they always managed to get themselves to sea. I guess it gave them attitude - glad I didn't have to share a squadron with 'em. ;-)

11/22/2005 6:28 AM

Anonymous bullnav said...

Hmmmmmmm...I did not realize there were so many Scranton haters out there. So Willy, which boat were you on? Albany, Montpelier? When I was on Scranton, I don't believe we had any attitude--we went out and did our job. It has been about 5 years since I left, so things may have changed...

11/22/2005 9:37 AM

Blogger ninme said...

What a lovely way to put it, for Mr. Munns.

11/22/2005 11:02 PM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Scranton-haters could be referring to the annual Battle-E which for a while was owned by the Scranton.

11/24/2005 10:01 AM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

To all the Scranton Haters, My Husband is on the Scranton and yes He is COCKY sometimes!!! (WillyShake) But im very proud of my Sailor and hey you dont have to like the Scranton But as a wife of a sailor aboard the Scranton I could have not asked for a better boat for my sailor.

Thank You Robin Roberts,

a wife of a saylor.

11/24/2005 10:28 AM


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