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Friday, April 13, 2007

What The WestPac Boats Are Up To

A reader in Japan sent some photos and stories about what a couple of our boats our on WestPac have been doing lately:

The USS GREENEVILLE (SSN 772) is currently deployed to the Western Pacific in support of the War on Terror. As part of her mission, the GREENEVILLE made a port visit to Chinhae, South Korea, in early April. Following a large multi-nation exercise, the GREENEVILLE enjoyed the tremendous hospitality of the South Korean community.
The South Koreans greeted the GREENEVILLE in tremendous style, with an entourage of several high ranking officers, members of the community, and a band.
The South Korean submarine, LEE JONG MOO, hosted the GREENEVILLE in a number of events. Both the LEE JONG MOO and GREENEVILLE crew members took part in a project at a home for the physically disabled in the Chinhae community.
The South Koreans continue to show unrivaled hospitality – a great reward for a crew hard at work in the Western Pacific Theatre.
Here are the pictures of a wreath presentation to the CO and the boat arriving (this isn't the easiest landing to conn into, btw):

USS Key West is also making friends out on the pointy end of the spear:

The KEY WEST (SSN 722) is currently deployed to the Western Pacific in support of the War on Terror. CDR Tom Ishee and his crew aboard the KEY WEST made a port visit to the relaxing venue of Sasebo, Japan, in early April. This port visit gave the crew and opportunity to enjoy some well earned rest and relaxation – while also participating in community projects.
The wardroom and crew of the KEY WEST manned shovels as they helped to clean-up the grounds of Tenshin Ryo Children’s home. The event allowed for the crew to play with children at the home, which will be remembered for a lifetime for not only the children but the crew themselves.
The KEY WEST also hosted a lunch to community members in which high ranking Japanese Navy Officers and the Vice President of the Sasebo Chamber of Commerce were able to man the scope of the KEY WEST.
Here's a photo of one of the crew with one of the children from the Children's Home:


Anonymous Anonymous said...

Chinhae--mink blankets, athletic bags, and tennis shoes. As an added bonus, the relentless attack of the uncountable jellyfish. We spent the entirety of our 2+ days in Chinhae doing air charges so we could constantly blow sea chests to enable some seawater to get into the condensers. The HPACs and the Shutdowns Roving Watches were never so happy to leave a port.

4/13/2007 7:37 AM

Blogger midwatchcowboy said...

[quote](this isn't the easiest landing to conn into, btw)[/quote]

I remember the no pusher tug (pull only) with capstan. Pretty good landing, with a bit of luck - made my rep with the CO.

4/13/2007 7:54 AM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Great read & cool pictures - thanks for the posting.

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4/13/2007 8:53 AM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

It looks like the landing in Korea was with out a tug. We did that when we put into Sattahip, Thailand. I was down in the Diesel Space for Maneuvering Watch but the Lookout’s said it was a very hard thing to do and we “Kissed” the pier pretty hard.

That Damn Good Looking Aganger From Iowa

4/13/2007 10:25 AM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

"The USS GREENEVILLE (SSN 772) is currently deployed to the Western Pacific in support of the War on Terror..."

just curious 'bout somethin' - how does a nuclear powered submarine affect the GWoT???

has there been any substantive evidence demonstrating the effectiveness of a nuclear sub against Al-queda and its affiliates?

~ the Ddouble Sstandard

4/14/2007 9:51 AM

Blogger Chap said...

"Has there been any substantive evidence"


-- -- --

Yeah, I know from Chinhae. Did a UFL or three, did a Foal Eagle or three, spent a couple of years as sub force liaison to ROKN, knew everyone at the base, knew where the best soju tents were when the cherry blossoms came in. Last West Coast boat I was on did a deployment where the boat pulled in and out of Chinhae something like 38 times. The CO got as a departing present from the QMs a chart of Chinhae instead of Pearl.

Yeah, I remember that place...

4/14/2007 11:56 AM

Blogger Bubblehead said...

We've been shunning that commenter over here; he doesn't understand the concept of "classified information" and seems to be trying to get us to reveal some. I randomly delete his comments just to piss him off.

4/14/2007 12:58 PM

Blogger Bubblehead said...

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4/14/2007 10:26 PM

Blogger Bubblehead said...

To no one in particular,
Asking for specifics about what submarines are doing for the GWOT is asking for classified information.

4/15/2007 3:37 PM


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