The Russians Are... On Our Sub
A four ship Russian Navy "Task Force" is in Guam, where they'll be doing a "bilateral humanitarian assistance and disaster relief" PASSEX with two U.S. cruisers, USS Cowpens (CG 63) and USS Chosin (CG 65). While they're in Guam, the Russian Admiral commanding the group (which is made up of the destroyer Marshal Shaposhnikov; the tank landing ship BDK-11; the oiler Pechenga; and the tug SB-522) took the time to visit USS City of Corpus Christi (SSN 705). This story was of special interest to me because the COCC's CO used to be my CO when I was Eng on the Jimmy Carter. It's been about three years since I've seen him, and as much as I hate to say it, he looks a lot older. This scares me, because through a unique set of circumstances, I'm actually older than he is. I'm hoping that I don't look a whole lot older than I did back then, but when I consider that I haven't had the day-to-day pressure of commanding a sub for the last 2+ years, I guess I don't have a reason to have aged that much.
Luckily, I don't think Captain Denno can go back and retroactively give me a crappier Fitrep for that comment... I hope.
Update 1352 01 April: Here's a photo of USS Chosin steaming in formation with a Russian Udaloy.