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Friday, May 19, 2006

Nice Picture Of PCU Texas

The Navy put out their pictures of PCU Texas (SSN 775) returning from sea trials, and they're pretty sweet. This one's my favorite:

The part I like best is that you can't see the damn broom. Speaking of the broom, I posted about my displeasure with the concept over at Rontini's BBS, and the subsequent discussion was pretty good, with submariners weighing in on both sides of the issue.


Blogger Alan said...

I get the concept and symbology of "sweeping the seas clean" of your enemy and thenflying the broom, but since it's a water based effort, wouldn't a mop be a more apt sumbol?

5/20/2006 9:42 AM

Blogger Alan said...

Dang. Symbol.

5/20/2006 9:43 AM

Blogger Subsunk said...


Since the tradition apparently began when the Dutch Admiral flew a whip from his masthead symbolizing his intention to drive the British from the seas under his lash, I've always kind of enjoyed that thought. I'd prefer a whip be flown symbolizing the masochistic tendencies of shipyard based Navy personnel to inflict immense amounts of pain on themselves and everyone around them.

As a NUCON XO, I just thought life in the yard sucked and there was no fun involved in yard time to compensate for ever putting up with the yard bullshit. It was such a blessing to finally get underway. Even Alfa Trials was 10,000 times more fun than anything preceding it. And it still sucked immensely.

But I'm glad to see Texas (my home state) joint the fleet again. Flog 'em till they drop.


5/20/2006 11:48 AM

Blogger geezernuke said...

In honor of Bubblehead's adversion regarding brooms raised aloft. I propose that each Submarine equipment list be revised to specifically prohibit brooms (for fire saftey reasons) and specify only red IRobot Roombas for this purpose.
This change would clarify that it is not the "clean sweep" of the seas the boat is claiming, but its pride in its technical competence.

5/20/2006 9:38 PM

Blogger half said...

Never noticed the slope in front of the sail before. Is that new?

5/21/2006 5:11 AM

Blogger Bubblehead said...

Both the Seawolves and Virginias have it; it's generally called the "boot", and helps with water flow around the sail. In practice, it's very effective in throwing more water up onto the bridge during surfaced ops (at least on Seawolves).

5/21/2006 6:13 AM

Blogger submandave said...

You got that right, subsunk. Did NUCON on Jefferson City and, as we liked to say, it was "all the responsibility with half the authority" (if even that much). I'll never forget the night Bubba was welding on a pipe bracket outboard the tubes using a welding rod EB-Greened onto the end of a broom handle. After the second small fire I stationed a fire watch with a charged hose because I lacked the authority to kick him off and the shift sup wouldn't stop him.

5/26/2006 1:25 PM


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