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Wednesday, September 26, 2007

JFC In Yoko -- A Study In Black And Brown

USS Jefferson City (SSN 759) arrived in Yokosuka today for a port call; here's a picture, with USS Kitty Hawk (CV 63) in the background:

It seems like this is a fairly standard picture that Fleet Support in Yokosuka sends out for every submarine that arrives; check out the similarity to this picture of USS Chicago (SSN 721) pulling in there back in June.

There's one difference between the two pictures, though -- check out the vent line by the aft cleat in both places. The hull by the runoff from Chicago's topside vent line is clean; here's a blowup of the same area on the JFC:

So what did JFC put into their seawater systems to make that mess? Was it something that attracted some really, really big birds and gave them diarrhea? Did they cross-connect their sanitary system in some horrible way? Was it a prank? Some disgusting whale mating mistake?Have I just completely forgotten what that connection is supposed to be used for, and it's actually just a horribly mispaced san overboard fitting? You decide... and let us know in the comments. Whoever comes up with the best and/or funniest explanation gets the admiration of their peers.


Blogger jeffox said...

A long, rough surface transient, perhaps? :) Not that I ever got sick during one of those, no, not me, nosir. :)

9/27/2007 12:08 AM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Sorry, but I think the cause is a a lazy M-Div not installing the in-port connection on the vent line. I've seen similar moss growing down from this fitting from that very cause in the past.

9/27/2007 12:39 AM

Blogger Vigilis said...

Bubblehead, how long has the PDV (phemerone dispersal vent) been declassified?

We only got to use ours in certain foreign ports. The only time I remember ours getting that messy was when A-gangers replaced the stock formula with the WestPac enhancer. Our batchelor officers and crew swore by it. Native women were flocking all over the boat!

9/27/2007 9:22 AM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Been long time. What is it asw? Too much time in port, they need more "Good Training"! as to getting sick on a long transit like say Holy Lach, or Port Canaveral in state 5s, just be sure to double bag it and don't ask me how I know.

9/27/2007 10:46 AM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

ASW Constant vent connection. Or a drunk topside watch.

9/27/2007 6:23 PM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

I think the CO got one of those $10k "accidental sanitary discharge into a port not currently located in Japan" fine. Afterwards he said screw it and had PL49/50 put back in the engineroom to ensure that its operation is guided by 7 OP's, a valve status log, some white boards, unnecessary tagouts, the ENOB, the EDOM ....

10/01/2007 9:13 PM


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