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Tuesday, May 06, 2008

Montpelier Liberty Ports Above Average

Two submarines, USS Montpelier (SSN 765) and USS Pasadena (SSN 752) recently returned from deployment. USS Montpelier deployed to the Arabian Gulf with the HST Strike Group; it looks like she got a couple of fairly exotic ports in the Med:
During the deployment, Montpelier's crew members served as ambassadors for the United States Navy during port visits to Souda Bay; Bahrain; Jebel Ali; Aksaz, Turkey; Rota, Spain, and the first North African port visit by a U.S. submarine in 12 years to Bizerte, Tunisia.
While I think a Tunisian port visit would be pretty cool, I could also imagine there were fairly restrictive liberty rules. USS Pasadena did a WestPac; let's see if she did any better than the recent boats in terms of liberty ports:
Pasadena departed Pearl Harbor Oct. 31, for a regularly scheduled six-month deployment. Making the deployment more special for the crew, Pasadena departed with a portion of the cremains of retired Rear Adm. Eugene Bennet Fluckey, who passed away in June 2007, for a burial-at-sea. Fluckey, a Medal of Honor recipient, served as Commander, Submarine Force U.S. Pacific Fleet from 1964-1966. During the six-months, Pasadena made port visits to cities in Guam, Japan and Malaysia.
While Malaysia can be interesting (I pulled into Port Kelang / Kuala Lumpur when deployed on USS John C. Stennis in 2000), it's still not Australia. Hopefully SubGru SEVEN will keep working to get regular WestPac boats some Aussie liberty.

To the Sailors on both boats -- Welcome home and enjoy some well-deserved I & I.


Blogger midwatchcowboy said...

Australia is a tough scheduling problem for a boat not accompanying a CSG to the gulf. Takes too much time out of the game in 7th fleet to do it for everyone. If you don't get Austrailia, then probably get Hong Kong, Thailand or Singapore - something more than Guam, Japan or Korea. (Speaking as a CSG-7 scheduler from way back)

5/06/2008 10:00 AM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Check out the May 2008 USNI PROCEEDINGS article, "Worse Than A Crime-A MISTAKE" bu Capt. J. M. van Tol USN RET. Sub title of the article "If you treat your sailors like adults and professionals, they will perform that way.

van Tol's article blasts current C7F liberty policy. He suggests that intrusive leadership policy borders on Stalinist system. He also suggests that C7F powers that be have adopted a "reeducation camp mentality" for unit commanders who have a sailor involved in a liberty incident.

Finally, a senior Naval officer (although retired) has stood up for a return to leadership in 7th Fleet. BZ!! Skipper, I'll sail with you anytime!!

You gotta read his article!!

My two cents, and keep a zero bubble.....


5/06/2008 11:18 AM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

OK, this has nothing to do with your post. But I read here on an earlier post of yours that you were willing to trade the lyrics to the submarine song for a really good sea story. What I offer in trade is my recollection of the SAN FRANCISCO from Jan 8, 2005. Let me know if this is a fair trade at

5/07/2008 1:20 PM

Anonymous Anonymous said...


Back in my day, we had R&R after each patrol. I've never seen the term I&I. My apologizies for possibly seeming ignorant, but what does I&I mean?

5/07/2008 3:02 PM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

If i remember correctly, I&I is Intercourse & Intoxication.

Vietnam era, I think...


5/07/2008 5:45 PM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Joel, speaking of songs do you recall "single loop ops" from our christmas on westpac?

5/07/2008 7:36 PM

Blogger Bubblehead said...

Matthew -- that's a fair trade.

Anon: Yes, I remember "Single Loop Ops"... ("Single loop, single loop, single loop ops. Take power low, select (name of switch position)...") to the tune of "Jingle Bell Rock".

5/07/2008 11:18 PM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

"Matthew -- that's a fair trade."

Roger that, as soon as I get home I'll send you what I wrote.


5/08/2008 7:30 AM

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