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Thursday, August 27, 2009

COMSUBPAC Meets Legend

From the COMSUBPAC Facebook page, I found a picture of RADM McAneny meeting a legend -- a god, if you will -- University of Nebraska Athletic Director Tom Osborne:

RADM McAneny was in Nebraska as part of Omaha Navy Week 2009; the SUBPAC website has more pictures. (RADM McAneny graduated from Nebraska, so I know he's aware of what a truly superior human being Dr. Tom really is.)

Speaking of photos I found via Facebook, check out this photo of USS Georgia (SSGN 729) submerging after a recent port visit to Naples from the COMSUBGRU TEN Facebook page:

Great action shot! The picture can also be found on the regular Navy website here; other recent pictures of the Georgia's Med deployment can be found here, here, here, and here.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

I don't know if he's changed or not, but when COMSUBPAC was XO on my boat in the late 80s, he had a SERIOUS Napoleon complex. It seems to have served him well.

8/27/2009 5:25 PM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

When he was the OIC of NPTU Charleston back in the early 90's, he seemed to be a pretty good guy. I don't think you can always fairly judge what sort of guy someone is when he is on his XO tour.

8/27/2009 8:11 PM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Both CO and XO(COMSUBPAC)in the late 80's and early 90's went onto flag rank on the 677. What are the odds of that? Arrived in early 93 and was still hearing horror stories from the guys that had been on the boat for a while

8/27/2009 9:16 PM

Blogger blueneutron said...

I like the shot with Vesuvius in the background best. And where did those shiny tugs come from? I can't imagine anything in such a good state of repair in the Port of Naples.

8/27/2009 10:21 PM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

It's always been my experience that the CO/XO combination is like a hammer. The XO is the head of the hammer, always pounding home stuff but the CO has his fist firmly around the handle.
However, I was pretty lucky to have some great CO/XO combination's. As I stated on previous posts, Skip Beard and JC MacMaccon(sp) were fantastic on La Jolla.

That Damn Good Looking Aganger From Iowa

8/27/2009 10:44 PM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Say what you will, He was a better XO than the one that followed him. I was on the 677 from April 89 to June 93

8/28/2009 2:47 AM

Blogger SJV said...

Tom Osbourne? Is he related to Ozzy?

COMSUBPAC meets Mike Mulligan, now that would be a story!!

8/28/2009 6:55 AM

Blogger Srvd_SSN_CO said...

The folk tale that says you need to be a hammer as the XO is bunk. You need to be yourself and get the ship's work done. You cannot act your way into good performance. With XO/CO/above, WYSIWYG.

I know many who have served with "Big Mac", myself included. I can say there are complaints: but NO MORE SO than for any other demanding boss. For my $.02, he's a fine officer.

8/28/2009 11:42 AM

Anonymous LT L said...

On the other topic...

Seven years in the submarine force and I never saw a submarine submerge from outside the pressure hull. Am I alone on this, or just that I never had the privilege of being a Squadron rider happily pulling away from the BSP with my sea-time letter firmly clenched in my tiny hand?


8/28/2009 2:30 PM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

With you LT L, did a JO tour and was always in the people tank for the sinking. Although I did watch the crew get underway without me, a long story but a happy feeling.

One could head to Dabob Bay catch it if they were well informed, but I also have heard that Dabob Bay trials might be a dying operation, I only did it twice during a Bangor tour.


8/28/2009 4:30 PM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

The CO of 677 when COMSUBPAC was the XO told me in a special captain's mast (that I officially requested), "XXXX, either you're going to be the death of me, or I'm going to kill you first."

8/28/2009 6:24 PM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

All I have to say is "GO BIG RED!!!"

I've met Tom Osbourne... and he is a god among men.

I also was in NROTC at UNL... but that didn’t work out too well.

Very Respectfully

8/29/2009 5:32 AM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

I've seen the submergence on periviz, but never seen the boat go down with me still on the roof.

8/29/2009 9:04 AM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Must be talikng about BB at mast?????

8/29/2009 12:03 PM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

BB is correct - & it was a mast that I requested after being shafted one too many times by BB & DM. I wanted a record of the events.

8/29/2009 2:49 PM

Blogger reddog said...

Is that Admiral a dwarf? He looks like he should be standing on a dashboard with his head bobbling.

8/29/2009 3:01 PM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

RE: As I stated on previous posts, Skip Beard and JC MacMaccon(sp) were fantastic

Skip Beard was a pompous ass. To quote an old diesel boat skipper friend of mine, "He was a little bald headed prick when he was a Lt."

8/30/2009 10:18 AM

Anonymous Civilian said...

Hey submariners,
Is there a difference between a submarine "submerging" and "diving"? Or are the two terms interchangeable?

Was wondering. Thanks.

8/31/2009 12:48 AM

Anonymous LT L said...

Is there a difference between a submarine "submerging" and "diving"? Or are the two terms interchangeable?

When used as a verb, same thing.


8/31/2009 6:35 PM

Anonymous db said...

Good photographic evidence that the GEORGIA can submerge without taking a tug, helicopter, or barge-in-tow with them. Well done!

9/01/2009 6:23 PM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

"There goes the mail"

9/02/2009 1:19 PM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

You forgot the huge orange force protection buoy in San Diego, in broad daylight!

9/03/2009 4:06 AM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Wasn't RDML (Sel) Wears onboard for that as the CSS19 deputy? Nice to dodge that bullet.

9/06/2009 6:30 PM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Supposedly, while OIC of the 635 in Charleston, McAneny irritated the Civ-gangers by demanding that they not wear ties with cartoon characters on them. I was glad to have missed him....

9/10/2009 11:32 PM

Blogger antone said...

He was my CO on the USS Philadelphia and yes he did have a napoleon complex. They use to call him Lord Far quad when he was Squadron 11.

12/04/2009 8:25 PM

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Anonymous Anonymous said...

I was on the Drum when he was XO and he was a little man man...but very sharp

11/11/2012 8:15 PM

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