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Tuesday, February 13, 2007

It's Good To Be CO

Navy NewsStand has a picture of the CO of my old boat USS Connecticut (SSN 22) and a guest:

From the caption:
Groton, Conn. (Feb. 6, 2007) - Cmdr. Daniel Christofferson, commanding officer of the fast attack submarine USS Connecticut (SSN 22) shows Miss Connecticut 2006 Heidi Voight the ship’s periscope during a tour of the boat.
My first two boats were the "tour boats" of their squadrons; Topeka because we were the newest PacFleet SSN for about a year, and Connecticut because we were the newest SSN period. Being the "tour boat" meant you had to keep the forward part of the boat "inspection ready" at all times, so that sucked, but I personally liked giving the tours. I've found that unless the CO is a suck-up like some I knew or heard about, he'll normally pass on the tour guide duties to the XO or Duty Officer unless it's he was ordered to give the tour himself -- or unless the guest is someone like Miss Connecticut. Captain Christofferson made a wise choice...


Anonymous Anonymous said...

Somebody help the little guy up so he can see out the scope!

2/13/2007 10:31 PM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Wow, a boat with a 'middle child' complex... and a CO of short stature...hmmm

2/13/2007 11:19 PM

Blogger Bubblehead said...

Also the fastest American boat ever on Alpha trials...

2/13/2007 11:21 PM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

My first boat had a little fella like that. He liked to march around in a r/w/blue ballcap. Had an ego to match it. We fondly called him "scooter". Our XO? He was an ID10T, loved to fall asleep with his finger in his nose, and he was known as "booger".
What was funny? The little fella had to tiptoe around on the periscope well coaming so that he could see out of our modified type 2 scope (597).
Well Joel, I can say that I was on the SLOWEST attack submarine ever made, LOL!

2/14/2007 4:13 AM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

If you examine the picture just a bit closer, this comes to mind:

"Miss, if you'll lean in just a little CLOSER, you'll have a better look" :=)

2/14/2007 6:32 AM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

I went to SOAC with Dan 11 years ago. Good guy. He was one of the members of our class who got the submarine dolphin tatoo...

2/14/2007 7:18 AM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

"Ouch" on the slam on Waddle --- will we ever forgive him?

'Tis true that officers eat their own...

2/14/2007 9:55 AM

Blogger Chap said...

Heh. One JO was a smaller fella, and his guys built him a step for the scope. Which was nice till some nuke said "rig for idiot" and, poof, 'twas never used agin.

That was on the boat where Waddle was my XO, by the way.

My next boat was slower than 597...Kam with both shelters going flank was about as fast as a bottle of molasses poured on a snail.

2/14/2007 6:27 PM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

He's a little short for the scope, but he's right on for the cleavage.

2/14/2007 7:25 PM

Blogger ironmal said...

Looks like Miss CT was thrilled with the size of the Attack Scope. Maybe it was the way the CO was able to do the 360 rotation without stopping.

2/20/2007 12:14 AM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Ahhh... guys. Just a civilian lurker but a friend of Heidi's:

a.) Be nice to Heidi. She is a classy lady; a very BIG supporter of the American Legion; doesn't flaunt it and is in love with a Marine. What more could you ask for?

b. Be nice to the CO, too. What you don't know is that Heidi is at least as tall as I am and I am 6' 1". Heidi would make most of you look short.

Thanking you all for your service. Lurker out.

9/30/2008 1:28 PM

Blogger Rusty said...

He was the Eng on my first boat, Ohio (B). He sat my qual board for my dolphins. Great guy. He did have to stand on the scope fairing to see out.

9/12/2009 9:52 AM

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