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Monday, October 20, 2008

Absurdity In Poster Form

Like all guys, I really like Demotivational Posters with funny pictures and sayings highlighting some absurdity of the human condition. (Many examples can be found here.) This one is my current favorite:

A reader sent in a new one making the rounds that reminds me of the carrier deployment I did in 2000 when we were on the great circle route from San Diego to Japan that takes you a couple hundred miles south of the Aleutians:

On that deployment with the Stennis Battle Group, I remember the carrier shuddering from the waves crashing against the bow, and just imagined how the guys on the frigate accompanying us were doing. The submarine that was transiting with us sent a message to the Admiral in command of the battle group that the waters were nice and calm at 400 ft, and wondered if he wanted to transfer his flag...


Anonymous Anonymous said...

I remember being at 600' doing 30 degree rolls, the old man standing OOD with a bucket,,,,,that boomer did roll in a typhoon. Those short respites from 200' were welcome, thought too seldom to do much for consumtion of rats. three or four days later we enter Apra harbor to provide shore power to a very hurting NAVSTA. There was a YTB sitting in the parking lot of the NAVEX. Wasn't exactly upright at the time, no water very close, and hardly a palm frond still stuck to a tree.
The poor bastards on the tender were still underway, thier families left behind with no roofs to hide under.
Did some ice stuff in the Bearing Sea after I got out. That was not one of my favorite summers!
Glenn,609B, 555, 595

10/20/2008 5:38 PM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

It's a wonder that the (probably skimmer) Admiral didn't order the boat to make a surface transit after that smart *ss remark.

10/20/2008 5:39 PM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Anonymous, were you a nuke? There were never 30 degree rolls at 600 ft., unless the boat was doing some "adjustmemts". Get real, man!

Also, Mike Mulligan: if you are reading this, the white powder you see is not snow, it's cocaine!

10/20/2008 5:42 PM

Blogger Dani said...

That picture reminds me of what our flight deck looked like when we went up to Earle for weapons onload in December. There have definitely been days that we're taking fairly heavy rolls on the LHD ... you worry about the small boys.

Though I always feel sorry for the subs we see pull out of Norfolk that can't submerge when the weather is not cooperating ... you know they just want to get to depth and out of the surface seas.

10/21/2008 6:41 AM

Anonymous Tom said...

been on the surface on USS Hunley (AS-31) in 30 foot swells in the North Atlantic (yup - winter).

Hunley had a round bottom.

Feeling better now, thanks

10/21/2008 8:23 AM

Blogger RichG said...

I vividly remember my first surfaced EOOW watch was going into Tokyo Wan, with over 30 degree rolls. Here I am a marginally-qualified EOOW, and it is me and the Throttleman. The RO and EO are puking their guts out on the deck, and I and the Throttleman aren't looking all that good either. The bridge was abandoned (evacuated) after a few hundred gallons of saltwater eliminated the ship's office (CPT fried - and what did that stand for? Major casualty).

Later that deployment we were under a typhoon, and Group 7 put us on a very long comms cycle (thanks). At 400 ft we were doing over 15 degrees. We ran deeper. We queried the satellite after getting everyone secured - almost battle stations. Broach-ping-plunge.

On another thread, the Sanx in Yoko gave me my real entry into Navy politics - 4 COs present all ragging on another CO, with all the JOs jaws dropping. I never played that game well.

10/24/2008 11:09 PM

Anonymous xET2(SS) said...

Once had to do a surface transit from Holy Loch to Brest in the middle of Feb. on the 720. Sea state 5 the whole 24 hour transit. Approx. 90% of the crew were standing watch holding garbage bags. Cook got pissed when I asked for fried eggs @breakfast.

10/25/2008 9:17 AM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Pretty sure that pic of the carrier is an east coaster. Looks to me like the carrier is making a ConRep approach on the Mt. Baker, the east coast T-AE. Looks like a good size load of munitions forward of the blast shield headed for the Mt. Baker. Only did one winter out of Earle NJ on the USNS Arctic T-AOE-8. When I reported on board in spring of 2003 one of the first things I spotted on 01 deck were two snow blowers with chains on the tires. Not a good sign!!!

Keep a zero bubble......


10/27/2008 11:44 AM

Blogger bothenook said...

stuck on the surface during the typhoon that wiped Apra slick in the mid 70's. broken boat, bobbing on the surface with the snorkel mast raised up, and cycling the head valve. gahhhh, was i sick.

a link to the story here

11/12/2008 6:38 PM


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