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Saturday, November 17, 2007

FPS Field Day

Do you like to play FPS ("First Person Shooter") video games? Ever wonder how it would look to play an FPS where you go around cleaning a submarine? One of the inventive guys from USS Hampton did just that, with quite interesting results:



I expect that if you've never seen an FPS being played, you're sitting there stone-faced as you watch the video; "Halo 3" or "Doom" fans, on the other hand, are probably laughing their butts off.

(Re: some of the other videos this guy has posted -- remember, it's only gay if you're in port.)

22 Comments:

Anonymous very disappointed submariner said...

After watching the "Submarine Satisfaction" YouTube video at the "inventive guy's" page, I've now become fully converted to approving of whatever Hampton's crew gets subjected to over the next, say, 15 months or so.

Whatever happens, they deserve it. The new skipper hopefully brought his own powerwasher to clean the place up. What a mess of a crew...they're simply a public embarrassment to all of us.

11/18/2007 5:58 AM

 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

For you Zeros, that's a kimwipe and a foxtail he's carrying. It's a shame that four years of college doesn't prepare you to clean up after yourselves... but why should you? You paid your 60 grand for an education, you're better than us. I'll gladly make your rack and serve you dinner, master... erm... "sir".

11/18/2007 8:37 AM

 
Blogger Myk said...

Ha! Great stuff thanks.

11/18/2007 9:01 AM

 
Anonymous sonarman said...

Ha-lar-ee-us!

My 15y/o came up just as I started playing this, and he said "Oh, it Doom!"

ROTFLMAO!

11/18/2007 10:08 AM

 
Blogger Bubblehead said...

For the anonymous poster -- you must have been on one of the boats where the officers didn't do field day. I've never been on such a boat, but I've heard rumors of them. I assume they're pretty rare.

11/18/2007 12:42 PM

 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I've never seen an officer clean up after themselves, or fix things they broke, or even change the toilet tissue roll in their head. I *have* had officers (and supposed EEs at that) who couldn't tell me how to test a Fluke on a wall outlet. I had one ask me which of the shore power cables was ground. That same guy racked me out to change the starter in HIS rack.

Tell me again why officers and enlisted can't eat in the same space?

11/18/2007 2:42 PM

 
Blogger Bubblehead said...

Tradition, mostly. I remember eating in Crew's Mess many times when the Wardroom was being used for riders and whatnot.

11/18/2007 3:05 PM

 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

It's because they're ALL SCURVY DOGS...Arrrrrrrrh!!!

11/18/2007 3:33 PM

 
Anonymous Chase said...

At least you're not bitter..

11/18/2007 6:01 PM

 
Anonymous nuc instructor said...

It's the same reason doctors don't empty bedpans. There are 50,000 jobs to do at the hospital - some take a day to learn, some take 14 years. They can qualify 50 orderlies in the time it takes to make one doctor, even if that doctor initially knows less than a nurse. The doctor's time is worth more, so the orderlies get the crap jobs. It's a fact of life - deal with it.

11/18/2007 9:45 PM

 
Blogger Jay said...

Anonymous - what's with the bitterness? I hope that chip on your shoulder isn't too heavy.

Anyway, is this what the Hampton's ELT's were doing instead of sampling primary chemistry?

It's entertaining and all, but probably not the best use of their time.

11/18/2007 10:34 PM

 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Jay: it's pirate talk, numbnut. Check out the link. And if you can't keep up, take notes.

11/19/2007 2:17 AM

 
Blogger Pig Boat said...

Anon-

Pretty sure Jay meant "why should you?" and, "I'll gladly make your rack and serve you dinner, master,"
and, "Tell me again why officers and enlisted can't eat in the same space?"

If you can't keep up with your own comments, take notes.

Oh, and FWIW, my field day spot was around the O2 generator when I was DCA, the MLO bay when I was MPA, and LL berthing when I was Commo - that's right, I cleaned up enlisted berthing.

You know what that means? Bupkus. It is one isolated example, just like yours. I, however, won't use it to characterize an enitre part of the service.

11/19/2007 6:55 AM

 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

On my 3 boats, no officers did field day. They were usually holding officer training in the wardroom. That said, I don't think it is their place to do field day (other than maybe tending to their own personal spaces.) First reason, RHIP. Second reason, they get paid more tax dollars than enlisted. No business manager would want their highly compensated employees doing unskilled work when a minimum wage worker can do it. Third reason, they are the management, and management means that they have different roles and different RESPONSIBILITIES. If you want their privleges AND responsibilities, get a commission.
RM1/SS

11/19/2007 8:45 AM

 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

*waits for the day that the XO or COB holds the DivO responsible for space cleanliness*

Nope... not yet. It's the Chief that had to get a Master's degree to be selected for E-7 that's holding the bag.

To top it of, the Chief was forced to get a degree within his career field (to be eligible for TA) while his DivO is living life off his BA.

"I'm sorry, sir, what is it that makes you more important than me? *snaps fingers* Oh, that's right... you had money to go to college!"

We really need to do away with the 18th Century class separations. Hell, Thucydides said that "A nation that draws too broad a difference between its scholars and its warriors, will have its thinking done by cowards, and its fighting done by fools."

11/19/2007 2:19 PM

 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

at the risk of seeming like I don't appreciate the gravity of the Hampton's current plight, the videos like 'Doom Field Day' and 'Submarine satisfaction' don't seem all that serious. It's just a bunch of guys having a good time, not embarassing the Nation or giving the Navy a black eye. I say take the videos as they are, clever and funny music videos that show the humanity of the men in uniform. Movies like these show that they can unwind, so loosen up yourselves.

11/19/2007 3:03 PM

 
Blogger Pig Boat said...

Anon-

*waits for the day that the XO or COB holds the DivO responsible for space cleanliness*

They didn't. The DH's *did*, however. Look at that, a CoC!

It's the Chief that had to get a Master's degree to be selected for E-7 that's holding the bag.

As RM1/SS said, "If you want their privleges AND responsibilities, get a commission." That was the Chief's job. Most were proud of their spaces to boot. Oh, and FWIW, none of my Chiefs has master's, two had some college. Not that it mattered, because they were *all* smarter when it came to their jobs than I was - and I acknowledged that fact.

"I'm sorry, sir, what is it that makes you more important than me? *snaps fingers* Oh, that's right... you had money to go to college!"

Try again, sparky. Did I have money to go to college? Hells no. That is why I had ROTC pay my way. Again, it was a question of roles. I was a sh*t screen so that the Chiefs could get their job done. We each had a role to play. Sorry you didn't seem to catch that.

11/19/2007 3:09 PM

 
Blogger RM1(SS) (ret) said...

For the anonymous poster -- you must have been on one of the boats where the officers didn't do field day. I've never been on such a boat, but I've heard rumors of them. I assume they're pretty rare.

I was on three 688s (717, 699 and 719), and that strikes me as perfectly normal. There was a short period on one boat when officers were expected to participate in field day, but usually either field day was considered to be the perfect time for O-div training, or the officers joined the chiefs who were walking around with flashlights.

In fact, offhand I can only think of one khaki - the nav/ESM ETCS on 717 - who regularly took an active part in field day.

11/19/2007 4:19 PM

 
Blogger Jay said...

Pig, thanks. You were able to keep up. Anyway, we used Field Day for Officer Training, but, I would have rather been field daying. Our job was to inspect after field day, something I was probably less qualified to do than field day, since unless there was something obviously messed up, I wouldn't have found it, and I couldn't really see the point in wasting a lot of time writing up a couple of dust bunnies.

11/19/2007 9:01 PM

 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

You want to see the difference between officers and enlisted? Watch any show (movie or TV) that’s ever been made about Navy life. The enlisted portrayed are just one step above functionally illiterate, and more or less around for comic relief. Sure, we can forgive modern writers (movies like Crimson Tide), since few have military service these days, but what about the “classics”? Movies like The Caine Mutiny and Operation Petticoat were released right after WW-2, when most of the US population were more than familiar with military service. In fact, you’d be hard pressed to find any literature that dealt with being enlisted, good or bad, other than Beetle Bailey and Gomer Pyle.

This is society’s perception of the enlisted man. And it is apparent that the officers running the military share it to a great degree. It’s better on a submarine (the close proximity leaves those officers with no choice but to acknowledge the existence of “sentient” blueshirts), but much, much worse on a carrier. Service on a carrier, for those of us not wearing khaki, as akin to prison time. Luckily the officers supposedly looking out for us have their own separate clubhouse, where they don’t have to see it first hand.

And, if education makes the difference, why are nucs (which take at least two years to train) treated the same as deck div’ers (who take 3 months to train) when they report on board? We crank, clean, and hot-rack right along with everyone else, which sort of disputes that assertion made earlier a higher-trained person’s time is worth more.

It’s a class system, pure and simple. It dates back to feudal days, lords and serfs. Nothing wrong with that, either – I think most of us understood what we were in for when we joined up. But don’t make it out to be anything any more enlightened than Wesley Snodgrass the Third snapping his fingers to get “the help” to bring him another martini on the veranda.

11/20/2007 7:23 AM

 
Blogger NavyCS said...

I guess I was lucky, checked onboard the FID after ET school as a third and never had to mess crank.

In the end though, do you really want to talk to the officers? They drink bug juice with their pinky finger extended...BAH!

11/20/2007 10:58 AM

 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

On my boat, SSN-615, the only officer that I saw clean was the Engineer, and only when he was really mad about something. The only chief I ever saw clean was the A-Gang chief. I actually logged that the COB was in the Engine Room in the Reactor Operator log, since I had never seen him back there before. Moral of th story, RHIP but the coners should at least know what the Engine Room looks like.

11/24/2007 10:19 PM

 

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