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Thursday, June 25, 2009

Good Ship Topeka Deploys

My first boat, USS Topeka (SSN 754), left on deployment earlier this week; here's a picture:

According to this story, Topeka was featured in the new movie "Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen". Even when we first got around to San Diego in 1991, the Topeka was kind of the "go-to" boat when it came to media availabilities. With her recent appearance on "24", along with this movie, it looks like they're still using her as the local Media Darling. (I won't see the movie until Saturday, but from what I've heard from some family members, who went to the midnight showing Tuesday night, the boat doesn't fare so well.)

Update 1701 27 June: I saw the movie. I didn't have enough thoughts about it to make it worth writing a full "Movie Review" post, but I liked it OK. It was basically a huge advertisement for American servicepeople and advanced U.S. military gear, and I was cool with that. (That's probably also why a lot of media critics don't like it.) The movie was pretty long (almost 3 hours) so I should have looked it up on RunPee before I went. As usual, there were some technical problems with the submarine sections: the submarine is shown as being on the surface while "on station", but is able to submerge within about 30 seconds. The ocean where Megatron is buried, the Laurentian Abyss, is described as being "9,600 fathoms" deep -- it's actually about just over 2,000 fathoms deep, and the deepest point in the actual ocean is 5,900 fathoms. The 3-D capabilities of the shipboard sonar are at least explainable if one assumes that they've instrumented the area where a submarine is on duty "at all times". They also showed my old carrier, USS John C. Stennis (CVN 74), right before she somehow changed into CVN 71. (The Stennis shows up again later as herself.) Except for the part where the sub was on the surface, the gaffes weren't actually too distracting, so I give the movie three Hot Decepticons Coeds out of five.


Anonymous STSC said...

We were RIGHT next to Topeka in San Dog but left for sea to continue EASTPAC the day before film shooting started. The whole crew was mad we couldn't get a glimpse of Megan Fox.

Had a great time in San Dog even though the Winnie & Moo is not there anymore.

6/25/2009 10:35 PM

Anonymous STSC said...

Whinny even

6/25/2009 10:36 PM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Only skimmers call San Diego "San Dog"!

6/26/2009 6:07 AM

Blogger Steve Harkonnen said...

I remember seeing Topeka berthed outside a tender on the same pier LaSalle was situated on in Bahrain.

Wondering were you on that boat at the time?

6/26/2009 3:24 PM

Blogger Bubblehead said...

We were moored to the Dixon in Bahrain when I was on her in late '92, but I don't remember LaSalle being there.

6/26/2009 3:43 PM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Yeah Joel, keep plugging our good ole Boat! For the rest of ya, just so you know...Joel is being modest. We were THE boat in San Diego. Zero Bubble Shipmate, hope you are fairing well!

6/26/2009 4:28 PM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

TOPEKA on the international date line at the stroke of midnight 2000. Media stunt but still pretty cool.

6/26/2009 7:03 PM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

It's not topeka, but this is a cool write about a boat.

6/26/2009 7:45 PM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

To Anon at 7:03--

I remember that stunt. You guys did cross the line at midnight 2000, but you stayed at sea longer than you had to just so you could do it.
Greeneville was the showboat in PH until they sank a Japanese high school fishing ship.

6/26/2009 9:10 PM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

TOPEKA on the international dateline at the stroke of midnight. Showmanship at its best. If I remember, after the boat surfaced, the CO of the TOPEKA did a phone interview with a US-based Television station.

6/27/2009 1:20 PM

Anonymous STSC said...

I just saw Transformers 2 also (free sneak preview on base @ Sharkey - great deal!) and the Sonar screens & other points Joel mentions were very distracting to me but it was still a fun flick to watch.

Topeka is a good looking boat
(even when getting tossed like a bath toy by Megatron surfacing)!

6/27/2009 10:23 PM

Blogger Scott said...

I just saw Transformers in IMAX tonight. Here is another thing about Topeka's appearance. She has fairwater planes in the movie. I wish Hollywood took a few minutes to perform a google image search to catch gross errors like that.


6/27/2009 11:04 PM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

LaSalle was there during the October 92 mid depoyment upkeep.

Joel, Gordo and I were there. I really enjoyed the post upkeep esl review with he who must not be named. (we fixed 147 things in the land of a-gang and got held to task for the 2 that remained)

John, aka The Head

6/28/2009 12:40 PM

Blogger Aught Severn said...

...and that was definitely NOT Deigo Garcia...

6/28/2009 2:42 PM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Megatron 2, Topeka 0.
Boat is sitting in Pearl right now - broke.

6/29/2009 2:56 PM


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