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Thursday, March 06, 2008

Now These Are Good Liberty Ports!

I've always defined a good liberty port as "someplace warm where people don't automatically hate Sailors because a bunch of skimmers pull in there all the time". The crew of USS Annapolis (SSN 760) just returned from a deployment that featured what I consider one of the best collection of liberty ports I've seen in a long time:
USS Annapolis (SSN 760) returned home to Naval Submarine Base New London Feb. 28 after a regularly scheduled six-month deployment.
Annapolis completed a wide range of joint requirements supporting national security in the U.S. European Commands' area of responsibility, including playing a vital role in African Partnership Station (APS) 2007...
...Annapolis' crew served as ambassadors for the U.S. Navy during port visits to Rota, Spain; Toulon and Brest, France; Praia, Cape Verde; and Ghana. The Cape Verde visit marked the first visit to Africa outside the Mediterranean by a U.S. submarine.
The part about that being the first visit by a U.S. sub to Africa outside the Med kind of surprised me. Back in '92, we were supposed to pull into the Seychelles on the Topeka, but it got cancelled. (We went to Phuket instead.) During the planning for the visit to that group of islands just off the eastern coast of Africa, I'm pretty sure I remember the SubGru SEVEN commander telling us that there were plans to have boats pull into Mombasa, Kenya, at some point. I guess those plans must have fallen through...


Anonymous Anonymous said...

We didn't end up going, we got extended, but in the 80's the ustafish was to have a mombasa port call, i remember the briefings we were getting on the disease etc. but was cancelled we went back to making the norht arabian sea safe for democracy and got a food stop in diego garcia instead. i think we all were happy to go to diego garcia instead of mombasa after the horror stories we were fed

3/06/2008 9:18 AM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

CHIVO (SS-341) visited Simonstown, Port Elizabeth and Cape Town in 1960.


3/06/2008 9:27 AM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

"Back in '92, we were supposed to pull into the Seychelles on the Topeka, but it got cancelled. (We went to Phuket instead.)"

The crew sure made out on that one...I mean, if you like sex and all!

Jim C.

3/06/2008 8:07 PM

Anonymous Rich said...

An old TMC(SS) once said, "Where there is poverty, there will be good liberty"

3/06/2008 8:39 PM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Pulled into Mombosa on the J-ville in 85. Had the same lecture on AIDS and other STD's but it was a great visit.

3/07/2008 8:28 AM

Blogger TM1(SS) said...

Best port ever is Marmaras Turkey!!
Lots of booze, hookers, and few laws!!

3/07/2008 2:07 PM

Blogger old goat said...

I was anchored off Mombasa Kenya back in 1979 aboard a fast boat. Good liberty back then.

3/11/2008 9:03 AM

Blogger Adam said...

Well, they sound alright, except for Rota and Toulon--B-O-R-I-N-G! I speak from experience.

3/20/2008 4:58 PM


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