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Thursday, August 16, 2007

A Photo Suitable To Hang In A Destroyer's Wardroom

Valiant Shield 2007, a huge U.S. joint military exercise off of Guam, finished up this week. There are lots of good pictures from the exercise that you can find here; this one is my favorite to come out of the exercise so far:

I'm not sure which Arleigh Burke-class destroyer is getting pwned in this picture, but I know it was taken by USS Cheyenne (SSN 773); I'm sure the Cheyenne's CO (one of my old shipmates on the Topeka) will be making sure the destroyer CO gets a framed copy of the shot.

The recently completed exercise looks like it was quite a doozy. In addition to three aircraft carriers, there were seven Los Angeles-class submarines participating: USS Los Angeles (SSN 688), USS City of Corpus Christi (SSN 705), USS Houston (SSN 713), USS Chicago (SSN 721), USS Key West (SSN 722), USS Hampton (SSN 767), and USS Cheyenne (SSN 773). I'm sure the Chinese sat up and took notice.

Update 1751 16 Aug: TSSBP goes international!


Blogger Galrahn said...

That is the USS Paul Hamilton (DDG 60).

Which makes that picture combined with this article excellent comedy.

8/16/2007 7:43 AM

Blogger Alex Nunez said...

That's absolutely classic.

8/16/2007 11:00 AM

Blogger bothenook said...

hey galrahn, thanks for tying the the picture and article together. that's some funny stuff. and excelling in ASW ops could mean just placing yourself bodily between the submarine and the big ticket target. looks like they got that part right!

8/17/2007 9:31 AM

Blogger Chap said...

My JO boat, nobody stayed in except me (and one guy who got there way before I did).

How come so many J-era Topeka survivors are still in, then?

8/18/2007 1:14 AM

Blogger jeffox said...

Arrrrr!!! Fire one!!


I see my old boat is still punching holes in the ocean, quite effectively, too. It'll be a shame when they retire her - after all, I helped start her off. Thanks for the post!

8/20/2007 3:09 AM

Blogger Comrade Misfit said...

Cute photo and nice blog (thanks to Skywritings for blogrolling you).

Of course, the DDG might have had a nice spot for its "whatever-the-hell-they-call-LAMPS-nowadays" helo to drop a torpedo on the sub, but we don't need to go there, now, do we? :)

8/20/2007 8:13 AM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

To earth bound misfit:

They gotta find her first!

8/23/2007 2:51 PM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

What's that old saying? "There are only two types of ships: submarines...and targets!" Of course, as an airdale with a carrier squadron back in the early '80s, I was usually aboard the latter (CV-67, U.S.S. John F. Kennedy).

8/31/2007 1:04 PM


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