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Thursday, November 12, 2009

Submarining Is Scary

There are lots of scary things you have to put up with in submarining. To me, the scariest involved things like seeing an officer with a tool, a Doc on the Dive, the Nav or Weps heading back aft for their monthly proficiency EOOW watch, or a YN in ERLL for any reason.

What are some of the submarine things that give you the clammy shivers when you think about them?


Blogger Ret ANAV said...

In order of precedence:

1. A SCRAM with the battery open-circuited.
2. CHOP on the Dive
3. 57-Down on 590
4. Shooting a SUBIS picture of a CGN, looking at the hard-copy picture later, and only THEN seeing the ASW ship that was behind it!
5. President's Pass at night.

11/12/2009 10:23 AM

Blogger Bryan Lethcoe said...

1) Being the deep boat with "flooding" called away in AMR2 (I countermanded with controlled seawater leak)
1a) Aft MBT's opened during surface transit (newly qualified Aux Aft following wrong procedure - manual operation vice rig for dive - I got him to shut the valves)

Ended up being the first (and senior) guy on the scene in both cases, getting my heart rate up during the sprint from the stateroom

Admittedly, others have scarier stories...

11/12/2009 10:57 AM

Anonymous EM1(SS) said...

1. Chief cook coming to inspect AMR2LL (E-Div space)after field day and his only hit was that we didn't polish any of the copper pipes.

2. EM2 on a tender, I forget which,after we turned down one of the shore power cables due to be bad, asked what we were going to do with only 2 phases.

11/12/2009 11:01 AM

Anonymous l-t said...

The harness line over the stbd side of the bridge in February on the way back in to Norfolk after the 35 foot wave. (bow planes boat)

Smoke coming out of the EOT in the shipyard.

The RPM Vol II, Book 1 flying at my head from the CO's bunk at 3am.

11/12/2009 11:10 AM

Anonymous squidboy said...

Nearly 20 years later, lots of things still keep me up at night. My least favorite moments (happened more than once) were being stuck in the turtleback of a Trident while the boat was a few feet underwater. Water pouring in through the open deck plate and coming up through the free flood area at the same time.

11/12/2009 11:17 AM

Blogger wtfdnucsailor said...

I have two scary moments - Standing my first qualified Surface OOD at night and suddenly realizing that the glowing light up ahead just off the starboard bow had a green glow on the left and a red glow on the right and was about to collide with the sub. A 1MC "left full rudder, Captain to the bridge" and then watching the sailboat pass down the starboard side seemingly inches from the hull. CO's comment - "Well, you missed him. Try to call me sooner next time. Keep up the good work." I had to hang on to the bridge cowling with my hands to stay up, my knees were shaking so hard.
Second story is similar - Standing a Command Duty Officer Watch in local op areas preparing for a Northern Run in the early seventies. We were working with a diesel boat with a large bow. They had the upper depths. Around six in the morning the OOD called to ask for permission to come to PD for a sked prior to the morning exercises. After he reported that he held no close contacts, but was not able to reach our partner on UQC I instructed him to sound safety signals and proceed to PD for the sked. When I got to control, the OOD was busy passing the status to his relief and not looking out the periscope. I asked him for the scope and told him to concentrate on watch relief. As I turned the scope to the bow, all I saw as a large black shape with a big wake. I immediately ordered "Emergency Deep" and lowered the scope. As we passed 100 feet we could hear the other sub passing overhead through the hull. I knocked on the CO's door to inform him of the close call and he calmly stated = "You missed him" and rolled over to catch a few more winks before the morning exercises.
I still have occasional dreams about both those incidents. I am a firm believer that "there but for the grace of God and alert watchstanding....."

11/12/2009 11:41 AM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

The forward duty section trying to set up a decontamination station at O-dark thirty.


11/12/2009 11:42 AM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

1) sinking out during a main steam rupture drill.
2) doing a snap roll with the DDS on your back
3) getting zoofed close enough where you can hear the ship's propeller through the hull.
4) broaching where it's not a good idea to broach.
5) tagging out the BCP based on some hand-drawn sketch of the system and remembering it being different the last time you did it.
6) going to the critique that you know is your fault. (whenever someone ELSE gets blamed at said critique, however, is awesome).

11/12/2009 11:49 AM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

To wtfnucsailor

if you turned left with a contact head on, I would have thrown the rules of the road at you and added you to the EOOW lineup for a while longer.

11/12/2009 11:55 AM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Was the only man outside pressure hull (aloft in sail) in frigid North Atlantic to tighten something down. Sub was not fully surfaced. Job probably took less than 15 minutes.

Never worried about it before, but now realize it was rather hairy. - Rex

11/12/2009 12:12 PM

Blogger tennvol said...

@anon 11/12/2009 11:55 AM: He said the contact was to starboard. Sounds like he made the right decision.

11/12/2009 12:13 PM

Blogger Patty Wayne said...

In no particular order:

1. Last CO driving the boat. Period

2. EM3 Sparky doing maintenance

3. A Coner doing the tagout for divers in the water (pulling fuses sans fuse pullers)

4. Underwater volcanoes in the South China Sea

5. Losing ship's control in the Strait of Malacca (see #2)

6. Trying to maintain 5 knots by log and not being told of a 15 degree turn.

7.Bouncing around in the forward free flood while anchored and trying to connect the forward anchor light.

8. Working on quals during the midwatch and find the only people awake on the boat are me, the throttleman, the helmsman, and the Dive (in crew's mess on a coffee run for the helmsman)


11/12/2009 1:07 PM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Not an all inclusive list, but some that stand out:
- Any of the many times that "corpsman lay to ..." was passed over the 1MC. In almost every case we were days away from assistance. Fortunately there was never a bad outcome. Each and every corpsman performed exceptionally in these challenging situations.
- Surfaced OOD in near zero visibility at night approaching the Straits of Juan de Fuca in the mid-1980s. Well before we had a radar repeater or bridge display unit. Transiting at 7 knots. Main radar OOC. We had a huge Raytheon radar as a backup. Contact Coordinator recommends slowing and then rapidly stopping the ship. I kept the back full on until we had stern way. We never saw the other vessel, but we heard his machinery, but never a fog signal as it crossed our bow from starboard to port.
- High pressure air rupture that emptied service air bank in to the boat. I will never forget how loud it was and then how cold it was in the area near the rupture. Very fortunate not to have any injuries from this one.

11/12/2009 3:02 PM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

1. Sinking out from PD after a fast insertion and needing to do a blow to keep us from exceeding test depth. My Chief was actually crying.

2. Being told there was a leak in athwart ships passage and finding water comming in from every orifice in the overhead. (turns out the divers where draining the DDS to the fan room instead of SAN 2. Funny, I clearly remember thinking "could the spot coolers really leak this much?".

11/12/2009 3:08 PM

Anonymous Rob-Natty said...

1. When the Eng is the EOOW and the EDMC is the EWS and the Captain is feeling frisky.

2. Test Depth w/out a drain pump.

3. Whenever the SSMG starts to sound the washer when it's unbalanced.

4. Whenever the word "But" comes over the 1MC.

11/12/2009 3:48 PM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

1. Jam Dive with fuses blowing on the electrical over ride and having to take local control.
2. Flooding in the Machinery Space at 700 feet on alpha trials during our initial deep dive.
3. 50+ degree down angle on the same Alpha Trials during the crash back.
4. Fire in the 3 inch Launcher Space due to a mishandled pyro.
5. Caldeara doing any maintenance.
6. Johnson doing any maintenance.
Taking the dive from the Chop.

That Damn Good Looking Aganger From Iowa.

11/12/2009 3:59 PM

Anonymous tmarks11 said...

1MC at 0200 "Fire in the Oxygen generator", while on mission.

Nobody bothered to take the time to to get dressed when responding to that one.

11/12/2009 4:04 PM

Anonymous tmarks11 said...

Test depth retests following SRA: 140 decibal foghorn noise in the torpedo room due to trorpedo tube flood-drain valves leaking by.

Made the forward raft shake. OOD headed for the surface and the COW was about 5 sec from emergency blow.

24 months later... following shipyard availability... same thing, other side.

11/12/2009 4:07 PM

Blogger DDM said...

Not really scary, but worried me:

One of the calmest, smartest CO's I ever had screaming, "Do I need a .45 to get the coc#$ucker off watch" (we were supposed to be lining up to ventilate and he was lining up for a low pressure blow).

That same CO telling me that if the ENG dept was ever the cause of holding up the ship (again), I would be looking for a new job.

Scared me:

Having a fire in the battery well when the fire was between me and the battery hatch.

Hearing a big boom, lights cycle off and on, and smoke starts pouring into Maneuvering (Got my EAB on in two minutes that time).

11/12/2009 4:12 PM

Blogger Sandy Salt said...

1. Light white smoke #2 Oxygen Generator

2. Hydraulic Rupture .... (x5)

3. Blowing to the surface after loss of all hydraulics

4. Being the surfaced OOD when the A-ganger opened the MBT vent

5. Being the OOD when flooding called away while the deep boat

6. Waking up to flooding in the battery well, normal blow, 10 sec emergency blow, and low pressure blower failing to start three times

Bryan, I think we served together.

11/12/2009 4:30 PM

Blogger a_former_elt_2jv said...

I also didn't like being at test depth without a trim pump. Some E-3 A-ganger was all that stood between us & our mission, and certain peril. I'm pretty sure that the boat wasn't supposed to operate that way anyway.

11/12/2009 4:58 PM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Squadron duty officer in Guam and getting a call from a frightened radioman on the tender (Frank Cable) declaring an OPREP 3 Navy blue due to a steam line rupture in the engineroom, with casualties. The ship hadn't told us they were doing safety valve testing. If they had, my butt would have been standing 3 feet from that boiler monitoring the evolution. We lost some good sailors that night, and I still feel sick to my stomach when I think about how I should have been there.


11/12/2009 5:01 PM

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11/12/2009 5:03 PM

Blogger Sandy Salt said...

Here are a couple of more

1. Having to be in a harness in the Bridge go out through the Potato Patch and having the CO shut the upper Bridge hatch saying "hope to see you soon"

2. Driving on the surface in the Straits of Juan de Fuca in the fog with Seatle Control telling to speed up so I can pass between to high speed ferries on the right drawing left and on the left drawing right.

3. Being the Shift Eng for MTS during a hurricane with the site empty except for the skeleton crews on both boats. Sure we were tied to the pier, but after Hugo a couple of years earlier it was nail biting to wait and see what happened.

11/12/2009 5:15 PM

Anonymous gnutron said...

"Hmm, through the fog, that merchant sure looks a lot like a warship...ah, CRAP!"

11/12/2009 5:27 PM

Blogger Lou said...

In no particular order:

1. The following watchteam in the box:EMC, ETC, EDMC as EWS, and a EM2 thottleman. When the ENG dropped off the night orders, he told the EM2 that if anything happened, it would be his fault.

2. The daily measurement of shaft seal leakage to determine if the capacity of the drain pump had been exceeded.

3. Hearing flooding in ER called when I was the on-watch throtleman

4. Chop on DIVE

5. Hearing Man Overboard called away in the middle of the night in Norfolk in January while I was EDPO. Turned out that it was an A-Ganger from another boat who hit the water between our boat and the pier, just missing a camel.

6. Coners trying to do radcon during a "missle fissle".

Least scary moment: Seeing the boat going back out for ORSE in Holy Loch when we pulled up in our buses.

11/12/2009 5:41 PM

Blogger Jay said...

Most OOD's at PD I served with.

11/12/2009 5:48 PM

Blogger Lou said...

Oh, I forgot, the NAV as EOOW...

11/12/2009 6:13 PM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

A few of the Shutdown Roving Watches I got stuck with as SRO without an SEO stationed. Pretty freakin' scary. If those poor rich folks livin' around Ballast Point only knew who was actually standing watch on those nuke plants at zero dark thirty every night, they would never be able to sleep.

11/12/2009 6:26 PM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Being CC leaving Groton for sea trials following first of a class SRA. Couldn't see past the Gold Star bridge from the pier. Once we get past the bridge visibility is less than 100'. In succession we lose primary radar and gps. Get to bouys 1 and 2 with just the secondary furuno. All of a sudden on the 7MC we hear "ALL BACK EMERGENCY" and 5 blasts of the whistle. We see on periviz a 40' yacht come out of the fog 50' in front of us and pass in front of our bow. If he hadn't turned he wouldn't have missed us. We promptly turned around. One of my buddies has a copy of the deck logs from that day - the "Change of Command day".

11/12/2009 6:28 PM

Blogger blunoz said...

1. MSP, Plymouth, 29 Dec 2006. Watched it all happen through #2 periscope and the images will forever be burned into my memory.

2. Eating midrats in the wardroom, hearing the CO yell "EMERGENCY DEEP!" on the open mike and then feeling the boat rock from the collision.

3. Listening to the audio from the HARTFORD collision.

4. Listening to the Doc tell me he thinks he has appendicitis while we're 500 miles off the coast, on the surface with the reactor shut down.

11/12/2009 6:42 PM

Blogger Unknown said...

Columbia's backing trials Sep '96.

11/12/2009 6:47 PM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

PSNS SY worker drilling through a deckplate aft of maneuvering and also tapping into a pressurized hydraulic line. The entire ER was instantly filled with atomized hydraulic fluid. No fire, no kaboom, but oil still oozing when I left the boat four years later.

As Throttleman on an op where we weren't really there and under direct orders to never cavitate, receiving a Back Full, then Back Emergency bell after being at 2, 4, 6 and 8 turns for days. Closed the ahead throttle, looked at the EOOW and said, "I'm going to cavitate if I answer this bell." As the EOOW looked at me like a deer in the headlights, the call came from Con to answer the bell, regardless.

11/12/2009 6:49 PM

Anonymous Squints said...

hope this never happens again....

While underway doing ORSE drills, multilevel fire in ERLL/ERML, Emergency ventilating, when "Fire in AMR1, Fire from the diesel exhaust!"

Fire was actually a pinhole in the ventilation piping that smoked the lagging, then ruptured more.

A few hours later...

on the 1MC: "Crew this is the CO...we have a hole in ventilation exhaust piping and we're going to run the diesel again to see how big the problem is. Let's have all hands in the forward compart don EABs, we're expecting alot of sparking and smoking. I will be there, the ENG will be there, a hose team, and the Squadron Admiral for safety purposes. This test will have to be done for a minimum of 5 hours!"

Needless to say...Engineering had alot of visitors back aft that night!.

11/12/2009 7:12 PM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

1. going underway the first time. (just walking by the forward escape trunk with it dogged, chained, etc knowing you aren't getting outta here.)
2. on station in the Adriatic. getting out of the rack due to a General Alarm and my fellow sonarman (STS2) looking at me and saying, 'this isnt a drill.'
3. on station in the Adriatic. loosing contact with that diesel boat when they submerged.
4. having the Skipper barge into sonar, pointing his finger at the sonar sup and yelling, 'DON'T F**K WITH MY BOAT!' (just glad it wasn't me.)

11/12/2009 7:30 PM

Blogger Find 'Em, Chase 'Em, Sink 'Em said...

1. Riding another boat for OOD quals, standing Battlestations EOOW, and watching all hell break loose when someone decides to launch a countermeasure above the tunnel at the EXACT same time the Throttleman is shifting MSW pumps. The CO and ENG finally told us what really happened after the Throttleman and RO admitting to shiting themselves. Nothing is scarier than hearing a very loud noise you are almmost certain you caused and not finding anything wrong.

2. Everyday I set foot on MTS-626. Hey Sandy Salt...when were you there?

3. Everyday I saw EB working on FLORIDA's missile compartment conversion (you should be worried when NR is there monitoring and they aren't watching ships force).

4. I'll second "listening" to the HARTFORD collision tapes. Looking at a standard round submarine trashcan will never be the same.

5. After being in the yards most of my JO tour...two years after qualifying OOD in port on above mentioned ride...two weeks left on board...CO requalifies me after standing ONE rough JOOD. Oh, and I was now on the watchbill from there on out (the look on the XO's face was priceless!)

6. Heading on to my SSN DH tour with only EIGHT OOD watches under my belt. And most people curse "needs of the Navy" for other reasons.

Now you know why I push my enlisted guys to become LDOs, and I ask all active duty submariners to do the same. More LDOs equals less 1120 JOs having to do LDO jobs during major submarine overhauls. They are technical experts for a reason!

11/12/2009 7:55 PM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

No specific order.

-Tied to the blocks in a PSNS drydock, drydock is flooding in preparation to have a dummy 48 shot at us, sitting in the crews mess and a literal waterfall coming through the UL deckplates and the aft ladder. Weps shipping hatch not dogged correctly.
-Standing final UI watch in AmR II on O2 gens, rapid depressurization #2 O2 gen.
-Coming to PD where we are not supposed to be, scope goes up and the Nav takes a 1/4 turn on the scope and screams "emergency Deep" NOW!
-Angles and dangles on a T hull and coming out of the bunk room stepping into a very large puddle of blood.
-outbound straights of Juan De Fuca, you and the OOD (DCA) only ones strapped in the bridge, bridge hatch closed due to foul weather, wondering if you are going to break back into air.

There are more, these were just the most memorable.

CWO3 (ret)

11/12/2009 8:14 PM

Anonymous STSC said...

Watching a MK 48 w/ deck skid attached dangle from the crane like a yo-yo after ripping the bolts free of the HY-80. The crane tilted about 30 degrees on 2 of 4 pads and almost fell on the boat.

Topside in my whites after a burial at sea - taking waves through the weapon shipping hatch & having nothing to hold to keep from being washed away except for the aft portion of the sail.

Sucking rubber on station far from home for hours - in my rack w/ a massive headache unable to sleep because of a fouled atmosphere wondering how we'd ventilate. Thank goodness for the vastness of the sea & moonless nights.

Seeing a contact draw aft on the sphere & forward on the TA at PD - both traces with DBy so high they looked like hyperbolas. Visible STA DBy.

Scramming w/ battery open circuited while rigged for deep submergence.

Exceeding TD over 10% by accident during angles & dangles.

JO's standing OOD who think they know it all & won't listen to the PO2's who have 3x their sea time & experience (Yet amazingly when I back the Sup up, the JO sees the light).

Hearing MFA from badguy on station unexpectedly while conducting risky housekeeping evolutions.

Praying for enough depth separation to save everyone because I know the horizontal range sep won't.

Certain other things we do where changes in seawater turbidity mean the difference between an incident or a unit comm.

11/12/2009 8:14 PM

Blogger Bryan Lethcoe said...

Thanks for reminding me Sandy Salt - had a light smoke from an EOG at 0 dark 30 as well, lots of people in AMR2 in various states of dress

I remember who the OOD was for the aft MBT escapade, could have been the same OOD for the deep boat "flooding", but think he was off the boat for the EOG thing - but I could be wrong

It was either you, or we have had a lot of these kinds of things happening over the years...

11/12/2009 8:18 PM

Anonymous ssnret said...

With apologies to all of my planesmen, Every time I stood DOOW.

11/12/2009 8:20 PM

Blogger SJV said...

Most anything to do with running a plant built in 1987. Had my share of electrical fires there, but after the first one I stopped dropping my jaw and looking dumbfounded. My favorite was when the softball sized fireball smoked the hair on my arm.

11/12/2009 8:45 PM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Shortly after qualifying as Missile Compartment Launcher Watch as a young first patrol TM3 back in 1973. Relieved the TM1 for chow. Just sat down enjoying a cup of coffee with a full belly and the air monitor for a certain gas went off.

I remember my emergency procedures and shifted to the highest scale so I could bring go to lower scales a step and a time to get an accurate reading. Trouble was, the needle was pegged even at the highest scale.

About that time, my LPO, the TM1 comes back from chow screaming “what the hell did you do?”

After a slew of more qualified people pushed me aside and examined the gear, it was concluded that this was a for real reading. The hand was inches away from the missile emergency alarm when the alarm quit all on its own.

If the senior guys ever figured out what happened, they didn’t share it with me.

11/12/2009 9:04 PM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

1) Going to PD when the Captain walks into control turns off my fire control consoles and tells me to use the TAC to do periscope observations. You couldnt follow proedure with the inputs, not to mention it didnt work.

2) Loosing 400 cycle while going to PD.

3) High pressure air ruptures (x2). both times in the same rack in berthing.

11/12/2009 10:30 PM

Anonymous ex-ET nuke said...

Less than 30 seconds after relieving the AMR2UL watch, and hearing a loud Bang followed by a white cloud and loud hissing noise. I thought for sure I was going to be doing a lobster impression! Turned out to be an air-bank o-ring had blown out, on the wrong side of the hull isolation valve. Took 8hrs to blow-down the bank, and made a 2ft long icicle int he process.

11/12/2009 11:41 PM

Anonymous ExMSPNavET said...

- I was also there on the MSP on 29DEC06. Standing AEF and in the AMR helping the room watch pump the water out as it was pouring in. Lights flickering and water everywhere. AMR filled with water to just below the door sill. Scared sh!tless that it was going to find its way into the battery well.

- A man overboard in Norfolk on a boat across the pier while I was POOD.

- The time I had a piece of gear on my last boat that had an electrical short in it what was arcing and sparking but no one would believe me when I told them about it.

- Toxic gas in the FWD compartment from the anaconda flex hose on the R-134 plant. (TWICE!)

- Seeing another NAV ET cross-thread a lightbulb.

- Smoke pouring out of the dryer because some clown didn't clean the lint filter. (4 times, 2 different boats!)

11/12/2009 11:55 PM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

The horror of waking to the ROARING pressure of missile compensation venting inboard.

11/13/2009 12:40 AM

Blogger 630-738 said...

Being topside, pulling into Port Everglades, looking back and seeing a huge plume, having your Chief run past you in a big ol' hurry, and hearing the OOD screaming into the 7MC (from the sail on a 627 class boomer):
"Shut the vents!! Shut the G--D---- vents!"

Yes, Bryan and Sandy Salt, it's happened more than once.

11/13/2009 1:19 AM

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11/13/2009 1:47 AM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Oh hell, pulling into Saisbo, on board USS Nebraska, that has happened in the not so distant past.
Definitely not a new story.

11/13/2009 1:51 AM

Blogger midwatchcowboy said...

Hey, I resent that NAV on EOOW comment.

11/13/2009 1:53 AM

Blogger Ret ANAV said...

1. MSP, Plymouth, 29 Dec 2006. Watched it all happen through #2 periscope and the images will forever be burned into my memory.

@Blunoz: Being the guy on the OTHER scope, shoulder to shoulder with you, I share your sentiment. Hope things are well with you.

11/13/2009 2:59 AM

Blogger Lou said...

@midwatchcowboy You had to know the NAV at the time. Actually, he knew that he was not the strongest EOOW, but he was an OUTSTANDING OOD. My 2nd ENG was probably scarier as OOD...

11/13/2009 4:10 AM

Anonymous MM3/A-ganger Cole said...

Having the stem packing let go in my face of the 5000 lb. air to the shipyard while I was opening it. I literally counted my fingers.

11/13/2009 4:57 AM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

My top 10 list:

- My first watch

- Very deep and going down with the rods on the bottom far from home.

- Topside, at night, within the lights of some not so friendlies, fixing the widget inside the turtleback, with lots and lots and lots of water sloshing around me.

- Pulling sailors out of switchboards with both of them on fire.

- Seeing the topside party become the man overboard party when they all went overboard.

- Being pulled out of the bridge by a Helo transfer hook while still attached to the boat with a harness.

- In the bridge, in very rough weather, coming too with the 1MC announcement of man overboard and realizing that I was the man overboard dangling off the side of the sail.

- Hydraulic rupture in shaft alley, in the channel, counting down the turn.

- My last watch

- Reading the Hartford Sonar Log.

Wouldn't trade it for all the tea in China.

11/13/2009 5:40 AM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Standing throttleman during a major steam leak in the engineroom with the CO and ENG standing outside maneuvering countermanding each other at the topof their lungs.


11/13/2009 6:26 AM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hydro trials: answering back emergency in fast speed with a 35 degree up angle when a TGLO low pressure alarm sounds. My scariest moment.

11/13/2009 6:43 AM

Blogger Srvd_SSN_CO said...

In no order:
1. Scram on station
2. SLR about a week into my eng tour.
3. Being there with Bryan for the MBT vent opening.
4. Watching as a wave went over my head on the bridge.
5. Being on the surface and taking wave slap (!) on the scope.
6. Doing an MBT blow when we were at 500 feet and going down in the middle of some stupid drill.
7. Hydraulic rupture (x4)
8. Every startup when MS-3 seals leaked like a sieve (I stood right under it)
9. Changing bolts in the dental coupling and hearing "tink" as the wrench broke. Note, 1/4" drive cannot take 250ft-lbs.
10. OOD: "Fishing buoy, mark." Me: "That's not a buoy, that's a dude standing in a small boat."
11. Rapid depressurization (x3)

11/13/2009 6:59 AM

Blogger tennvol said...

I'll second STSC's incident with the Mk48 and unstable crane. I was observing the evolution below decks. Also the incident with the water pouring into the open hatch got the adrenaline going.

Same boat, there was also a hydraulic rupture in the sail that was pretty interesting.

Losing depth control in Long Island Sound during dependents cruise. I was EOOW and got butt chewed on 7MC by CO for not answering bell fast enough.

On a T-hull, a call of "Fire in the Torpedo Room" (I owned TM, FT and ST divs) that caused instant pucker. Turned out to actually be smoke from 400Hz panel in Auxiliary Machinery.

Also was Surface OOD a number of times in extremely dense fog, once with no radar.

Never experienced it but constantly thought about being surface OOD and MBT vents opening.

11/13/2009 7:39 AM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

10. OOD: "Fishing buoy, mark." Me: "That's not a buoy, that's a dude standing in a small boat."
I spit pop all over my desk.
Friggin Hillareous.

11/13/2009 8:24 AM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

1. Hearing the HARTFORD audio

2. In a not so friendly place with not so friendly people, and getting the #2 scope turned over to you by the XO (as CDO). I was told he held no visual contacts. This was true for approximately 10 seconds until I realized he had not fully retracted the image intensifier. When I fully disengaged it, there were "several" contacts. I never said anything to him.

3. Following incident #2, anytime that XO was CDO.

4. In another not so friendly place, when a few dozen not so friendly contacts came out of a fog bank. I "strongly" recommend the only was out is the way we came in, the CO (far and away the best I had) thinks he see a gap in between contacts 13 and 14. We made it and I still don't know how.

11/13/2009 9:20 AM

Blogger bothenook said...

too many to list, but i see a common theme here dealing with yard/sea trials so i'll share just two:
initial engineroom light off for steam plant testing using yard supplied steam. ERS (me) orders ERUL watch to place the air ejector steam reducers on service. BANG-instant fog. all i could think of was my watchstander was now a steamed piece of meat, since you had to climb outboard to open the reducer isolations. he managed to crawl under the leak and isolate the steam. scary. found the flex gasket was loose in the flange, with the flange nuts only finger tight.

at test depth prepping for an airless surface, the last evolution of post refueling overhaul sea trials. five explosions, the bitch in the box announcing Fire Fire Fire in the .......dead air. lights go out, hatches slam, and i'm just coming out of a deep sleep, still in my rack trying to figure out if this was real or a dream. it was real. total loss of power, both ac and dc, at test depth, with an electrical fire in the engineroom. what a way to finish sea trials.
i posted about it a couple of years ago here if you are interested.

11/13/2009 10:07 AM

Blogger Srvd_SSN_CO said...

I'd love to listen to the Hartford did you all get to it?

11/13/2009 10:41 AM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

On below decks watch in control about 6-feet away from our high pressure air manifold when a valve stem spontaneously broke and shot across to starboard side of CR. Was deafened for almost 24 hours, but since I had just walked past the HP manifold moments earlier, temporary deafness was a very fortunate outcome.

Crew at the time knows why stem probably broke. The rest of this story involved at least one admiral and a reassigned E-7. The same boat has been mentioned above at least twice. J. Caruso

11/13/2009 10:45 AM

Blogger Ret ANAV said...

Second the motion on the HAR audio.
Surely it will have some training value at my schoolhouse?

11/13/2009 12:22 PM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

To Srvd_SSN_CO: I am not sure where you would get it sir but I am pretty sure it has been distributed to every sonar division in the fleet for training. They played it for us at GMT about a month ago, very scary.


11/13/2009 1:22 PM

Anonymous Anonymous said...


If you have a high-side account (don't know if you're still active), it's on the SUBPAC website somewhere

11/13/2009 1:39 PM

Blogger Srvd_SSN_CO said...

Thanx for the info on the audio...I'll try and track it down.
-An HP air rupture.
-Controlled SW leak in CSES.
-Nearly clipping a pier in Singapore.
-Seeing a column of water come down the bridge hatch while talking to the CO (688). Two seconds later he said to me "You've got the watch!"

11/13/2009 2:33 PM

Anonymous Anonymous said...


1. On board for 4 months and taking the weekly sample. Stepped back as the sink was recirculating only to have the friggin pump right next to me blow up in flames and sparks.

2. I'm an O-ganger now (on a T-hull) for two months. 4MC "rapid depressurization of the EOG". I instantly run back to AMR2, and as I am going through the door I am asking myself "what the hell am I doing?"
3. Same boat. 0400. Going at AAII, when we got a Yellow Sounding followed very shortly by a Red Sounding. Within seconds I've got the CO, XO, NAV and ANAV in control in their whitie-tighties. ANAV, God bless you, but that was an ugly sight that still gives me chills to this day.

4. Any time my previous CO showed for work.

5. Flushing the shitter in the middle of the night, just wondering if A-Gang is blowing sanitaries and forgot to hang the signs.

11/13/2009 2:43 PM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

@Srvd_SSN_CO: There's also links to it on the SUBFOR high side website.

@anon who said: "if you turned left with a contact head on, I would have thrown the rules of the road at you and added you to the EOOW lineup for a while longer." it sounds to me like he was clearly in extremis, which means turns whichever way you must to avoid the collision.

The first time as CDO, saying "Very well, proceed to periscope depth" and realizing the buck stopped with me.

- angles and dangles and realizing no one locked the BPS-15 in place as it came crashing towards me.

- midwatch, getting the tingle on the back of the neck, looking out the scope and seeing the warship come out of the night heading straight for us. Early Warning Receiver? volume turned down...

11/13/2009 4:01 PM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

While at PD on station in a pretty scary place with no water under the keel at 0330 on a moonless night when you realize that the star that was ahead of you for the past hour is actually the cigarette on a guy standing in a little fishing boat. A few seconds later the cigarette develops a 100 deg/min DBy as it goes past the scope.

11/13/2009 4:39 PM

Anonymous WillieStyle83 said...

Poking my head into battery compartment to see 4 E-div dudes all naked and blowing each other.

11/13/2009 5:02 PM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Stbd lookout on an old step-sail fleet snorkel boat surfaced skirting a typhoon in WesPac 62. Heeled over at 30 plus degree stbd angle, you could put your arm in the ocean standing in the lookout puka. Green water over the bridge bubble and up through the bridge wood decking--swimming for at least half a minute. Lucky we were strapped in. secured the bridge watch after that one. 45-50 degree stbd rolls. MK 10 drill mines creaking away in skids in ATR. Doubled up sea straps with cum-alongs from AER. Pretty scary for young TM.

1972, end of second week PCO ops out of PH. Asleep and door of goat locker crashs open and off lookout screaming, "WAKEUP WE'RE SINKING!!! WAKEUP WE'RE SINKING!!!" Passing 600 feet, 10 degree up angle. total silence, no lights, fire in the propulsion cubicle, eight feet of water in engine room, all mbt vents open because we had been snorkeling with battery charge in progress and running prarie-masker when casualty occured. PCO on periscope stand after we recovered and were back on surface says breathlessly, "Well, thats my first no-shitter."

keep a zero bubble........


11/13/2009 5:10 PM

Blogger Sandy Salt said...

I was on the MTS 626 between 2/95 and 2/97.

It is sad to see that there were a lot of A-gangers that opened MBT while rigging them for dive.

One more, Control Room Sup for the Maneuvering Watch and hearing the CO order hard right rudder and then hear a loud scrapping sound as a buoy chain ran down the starboard side and then having the ship control panel light up like a christmas tree due to it taking off the pit sword. No a fun day.

11/13/2009 8:10 PM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Ship is at PD, running the diesel. First night at PD in the SOCAL (changed home ports).

JOOD is on the scope....

"Hey this guy is getting pretty big"...

My only emergency deep.

Thanks Man-Kow.

11/13/2009 8:21 PM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

1.On the 677 near Hong Kong harbor in the fog. Collision alarm sounded and the ship shuttered(you know what a shutter feels like if you've been there).Followed by flooding in the engine room called away(was just bilge water splashing up).

2.Hot run tube #2 called way. Then the old man on 1MC sucking rubber.

3.On station coming to pd. No close contacts. Oh shit: guy sitting in the small fishing boat 50 yards from scope smoking cigarette. Down scope and to quote James T.Kirk, "Lets get the hell out of here."

4.Same op. Putting the ass end out of the water during the daytime in heavy traffic.

11/13/2009 9:12 PM

Blogger Mike Mulligan said...

Being up above the arctic circle in a electric motor driven submarine when we had a big short in the main electric motor and the propulsion generators. Only thing left was the outboard?

We was betting on how many 4 year enlistments would it take to get us back to New London.

11/14/2009 8:18 AM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

As a nub, watching the helmsman go sliding by, still strapped into his chair into the Nav/ET space during angles and dangles. Wonderful idea to strap down the helm's chair with a radiator clamp guys.

11/14/2009 9:08 AM

Anonymous ex SSN Eng said...

1) Running aground as EOOW, with no 1MC announcements and 12 kts-by-log ordered right up until I announced on the 2MC (monitored in control) that "the ship is running aground...answering...(long pause)...all stop." [The Eng was standing next to me and had 'called' the in-progress grounding from past experience. Immediately knew he was right.]

2) Playing poker with CO in the WR and realizing the reason that the doc has our SSN's top ET1 nuke lying on his back with the doc's feet against his chest at the wardroom door is because - regardless of the screaming and many shots of Demerol involved - he's trying to pull his dislocated shoulder back into place and it's just not workin'. I sat on the floor with the ET1, called him by his first name for the first time, massaged his frozen shoulder muscles and talked him down until he relaxed enough that the doc finally got things right. [Years later, that same ET1 was my shipyard NRRO rep (and a damn fine one) when I was Eng.]

3) Pulling into NLON in Long Island sound as OOD in superdense fog with the radar FUBAR and a sweat-pumping squadron LT standing next to me during a close aboard situation (as best the radar could tell) with no B-to-B radio contact. Dead slow, was ready for anything bell-wise, but never saw 'him.' Later found out the reason for the sweat pumps: it was a liquid natural gas tanker. [Serious potential for a newspaper headline you've thankfully never read.]

4) Along with former SSN CO (diff. boat), as surf. OOD taking green water over the scope and shutting the head valve while driving into and under very tall waves in the Med. [Just not as fun as it sounds.]

5) As Weps, getting called to control with the CCS broke-dick and hearing demodulated pumps over the WQC while very, very close something with pumps in it that wasn't us.

6) "Injured man in the sail," which turned out to be a SY worker being slowly trash-compacted by a slipping BRA-34 fairing (4,000 lbs worth, as I recall). [We got him out in one piece by the grace of God. His legs were seriously injured, but I understand he was later able to walk again.]

11/14/2009 2:25 PM

Anonymous ex SSN Eng said...

(Almost forgot)

7) Going to PD in the Strait of Gibraltar at night with nothing but spaghetti from dozens of loud contacts on the ASVDU to drive by. [At the end, a true "wow...we made it" experience.]

11/14/2009 2:30 PM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

On my 1st boat (SSBN 626), I used to hang out in the ER to get away from my LPO, who I knew wouldn't look back aft for me.

One time I was down there shooting the shit with the ERLL Watch, he says he has to take a dump. He calls up for a relief more than once, but no one was available. He finally says he's gonna crap his pants if he doesn't go now. He jumps up and climbs up the ladder in the ASW bay and says "You got it! You know where the collision alarm is, right?". I replied in the affirmative, of course.

No sooner did he leave then the ERS comes by from the MSW Bay. He looks at me and asks where the watch was. I said he was taking a dump and I had the watch. The ERS gave me this blank stare, turned around and went back the way he came. The ERLL came back a minute later. "Anything happen?" "No, but the ERS came by." "What'd he say?" "He asked where you were. I told him that you were in AMR2 taking a dump, and that I had the watch." With a panicked look he asked me what the ERS said. "Absolutely nothing", I said. A moment of silence, and then we ROTDLOAO.

This might be scary for you nukes, but it was fun for me.

11/14/2009 2:33 PM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Several come to no particular order:

On station and hearing "Con Sonar, Torpedo in the water........Con Sonar, second torpedo in the water". Got everyone's attention.

Surfaced at midnight, in a storm about 8 hours from the Golden Gate when the collision alarm goes off. We took water over the bridge and shorted it out....but we didn't know it at the time.

Hearing RBU-6000's thru the hull.

Coming within 200 yards (by plot) of a contact we were trailing.

Deep, at a flank bell and hearing "yellow sounding", followed by "red and coming up". First time I heard fairwater plane cavitation.

My first ORSE.

And to TDGLAFI....Caldera doing Anything.

11/14/2009 3:01 PM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Going to sea for the very first time as an EM3(SU) on a boat fresh out of a refueling overhaul with at least 2/3 of the crew having also never been to sea. During the sea trial run we did our emergency blow during a very nasty storm up top, then had to ride it out for 8 hours. EVERYONE in the entire engineering watch section had a clear trash bag of bug juice tinted puke tied to their waist - and if you weren't on watch, you were in your rack holding onto anything you could to keep from getting tossed onto the deck or into another rack.

11/14/2009 10:22 PM

Anonymous gnutron said...

On the surface with the scope taking wave slap and me in the bridge trying to rig it for dive. We had a waterfall coming over the BCP, and just about all the lights in the forward compartment shorted out (along with a good portion of the other electrical equipment). I've been religious about checking battle lantern batteries ever since.

11/15/2009 4:17 AM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

1. Tying up outboard another boat in PH. Tugboat gets us in a bad angle and we almost smash the sonar dome against the other boat. Back Emergency is ordered. The tug boat starts pulling. The tattletale on the nylon line parts and the nylon starts to smoke. 1 inch steel cable runs from the stern of the tug to our stern. It makes a popping noise then breaks at the tug. The steel cable flies up and over the stern of our boat. Guys at line 4 (I was at line 2) never had time to react, they just watched it fly over their heads and fall into the water. Said one ST2, "That was close".
2. Depressurization alarm on O2 generator.
3. Loss of PLO drill, Capt. says on 1MC, "Secure from the drill! Eng, I need propulsion NOW! Rig for deep submergence." We were negative buoyant with propulsion secured, and sliding backward. Didn't break test depth, thank God.

11/15/2009 1:30 PM

Blogger Find 'Em, Chase 'Em, Sink 'Em said...

"On my 1st boat (SSBN 626)..."

Oh my...I have never met anyone that was on the MTS-626 before she became an MTS. Was she still scary back then too? And was this before or after they took those goofy bow planes off?

11/15/2009 6:41 PM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

The Anav standing watch as the QMOW, those are 8 hours of me keeping a secret eye on him in the control room I'll never get back.

11/15/2009 10:21 PM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Good read!
Punching rock at flank on an '88.
60 gallon 3 level spill from VO.
37 degree snap roll with a 37 degree
down angle as you loose indication
of the radar mast being lowered @
Fire in 1S that takes out starboard
switchboards for a transit.
Recommending to the OOD that we rig for deep submergence when the bitch box screws up a jam dive drill @ flank.
35 degree down angle on the dive when MBT 5 vents don't open on
alpha trials and blowing.
10 second blow after losing depth control on the surface without propulsion and snorkeling (COOW farkup leaning on depth control joystick).
Airbank drains blowing off and
venting the bank to atmosphere.
Hydraulic explosion which melted all of the software in the entire plant and tempered the pistons purple.
Seeing the BDW cooking grilled cheeses with the SDRW, the SRO, and the SEO playing spades in the messdecks.
My dumb ass shimming rods....8)
Negative tank flood valve stuck open and flooding the boat due to a kapok in the operator.
Flood control air drain valves blowing off and venting in ops lower level.
Happy happy JOY! Too many to list.
I still have all my fingers and

11/16/2009 12:52 AM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

CO takes the scope and asks the OOD "I thought you said it was on high power, oh sh*t emergency deep." The CO earned his pay that day.

11/16/2009 5:44 AM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

@Find 'Em, Chase 'Em, Sink 'Em

"Oh my...I have never met anyone that was on the MTS-626 before she became an MTS. Was she still scary back then too? And was this before or after they took those goofy bow planes off?"

I was there in the mid 80's, about 10 years after the overhaul bowplane-ectomy. I was too young and dumb and excited as all hell to be there to realize how dangerous it all was. Looking back I can see all the dangerous stuff that happened. I always got a kick about how the stern planes emergency hydraulic tank was all bowed out from getting overpressurized when it was lined up to ships service hydraulics before being isolated (that happened before I got there. It was a qual ooly).

According to the nukes, we had plenty of gas - which we proved by getting extended almost every patrol because the other boats were running on fumes. Funny how we had more juice but had been out of the yards longer.

11/16/2009 9:30 AM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Mike Mulligan said...
Being up above the arctic circle in a electric motor driven submarine when we had a big short in the main electric motor and the propulsion generators. Only thing left was the outboard?

We was betting on how many 4 year enlistments would it take to get us back to New London.
****IT doesn't count when your story involved you in your bath tub with a few ice cubes and your rubber ducky

11/16/2009 12:41 PM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Anon @12:41

You're an idiot. 10x worse than Mike. Hope karma hurts you in a bad way for posting your shitforbrains thoughts. Suicide is painless.........

11/16/2009 1:17 PM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

sticks and stones don't hurt me... You might want to up those Meds my souless friend.

11/16/2009 1:43 PM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Sticks and stone may not hurt you, but your stupidy hurts me and most others who post here.


Why do asshats like you find this so hard to do?

11/16/2009 2:00 PM

Blogger wtfdnucsailor said...

As a CO of WEBSTER (SSBN626) in the early 80s I only had one bad sequence while in command when we developed zero grounds on both SSMGS and had to pull into Kings Bay to get two rotors replaced at one time. Took two weeks but never had a problem with the MGs again.

11/16/2009 2:38 PM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

had to pull into Kings Bay to get two rotors replaced at one time. Took two weeks but never had a problem with the MGs again.

What hatch did those rotors fit through? I believe that on my 637, SSMG rotor replacement would require a hull cut (and everything that would go along with it)...which I would never have thought could be done in 2 weeks time.

11/16/2009 3:15 PM

Blogger Find 'Em, Chase 'Em, Sink 'Em said...

"Took two weeks but never had a problem with the MGs again."

I don't know if they have been replaced since that replacement, but the STBD SSMG used to "shimmy" slightly when I would come down the AMR2 aft ladder. Never found a problem with it, but it certainly used to say hi (like a happy kid waving his hand) when I would come down on tours or watch the ELTs. The ELTs and a couple MMs saw it too...but the EMs swore up and down they never saw it do that. I once even had a "boat dream" following mids about it jumping at me...

...and the EMs were in it saying that everything was fine. The best part of the dream was having the MTS XO ask: "Fine...then explain why the SSMG is on top of the Shift Engineer?"

Don't worry, I'm not that crazy :)

11/16/2009 4:26 PM

Blogger Srvd_SSN_CO said...

-Sea trials off Molokai, tiny range, VD area, RLGN anywhere but where we were, DR'ing for 6 hours at test depth with 30-100 feet under the keel, with shallower water w/in 200 yards. Six months before a LANT boat ran aground doing the same thing.
-having >20 fishing boats w/in 2000 yards and ~10 w/in 1000. Frak!
-Going to PD near Sasebo with almost as many fisherman.
-One upping the sonarmen on the aural turn count I got over the WQC...on a sub. Double Frak.
-Seeing a helicopter at about 1000 feet...when you really did not want to.
-On TRE, OOD reports it looks really windy outside. Looks up, sees helo. "Go Deep" I said.

11/16/2009 4:57 PM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Come on Joel...You have to have some stories working for big Ed in Pt.Loma...

11/16/2009 11:35 PM

Anonymous U-STA-BE 637 QMOW said...

Being in TOTO at TD, as QMOW, hearing the OOD give a minor depth change order to the dive, then hear the DOOW (CHOP) reporting passing xxx ft, xxx ft in the upward direction...then finally 56 feet and holding. Most interesting loss of depth control ever to record in the Deck Log. Hard to keep up w/all the tank flooding and bell changes. But the best of all, seeing the CO bolt into Cotrol in his whitie-tighties, seeing who the DOOW was, shake his head leave Control muttering "What the F#*k was I thinking when I qualifeied that boob" then ordering the COW to "locate the XO and having him reprt to my stateroom NOW"

11/17/2009 8:09 AM

Blogger Find 'Em, Chase 'Em, Sink 'Em said...

OMG! You actually mean that a CHOP was standing watch? It must have been freezing in hell that day.

Then again, maybe that's why CHOPs avoid standing watch anymore.

11/17/2009 4:24 PM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

I'd like to rip on the Chop's here too but my experience is different. He was a great Contact Coordinator and rates up there with most COB's I've seen at battlestations on the dive. He was well respected among the enlisted crew and loved to tear it up on liberty overseas. He was quite the womanizer and never turned down some of the local ladies. You guessed it: a former MM2 A-Ganger that struck up a commissioning program.

11/17/2009 10:22 PM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Going to PD with the drain pump on a chain fall and then pumping aft bilge to sea using a submersible pump (637 class). Nothing like knowing the ocean is on the other side of the 2 1/2" hose your using! ERLL didn't think anything of it until I mentioned it to him. LOL, then the freaking out began!

One Big Flip

11/18/2009 12:19 AM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

1. RO, EWS, Eng and various other operators trying to convince the captain that a certain shutdown was not allowed at sea.

2. Same incident, while snorkeling suddenlt feeling a down angle with. All rods on the bottom.

3. Depending on an FT to help operate valves during the order.

"get the f@#%ing engineroom started up."
Again same incident.

4. Any non qual near my EAB hose.

11/18/2009 5:34 AM

Blogger Find 'Em, Chase 'Em, Sink 'Em said...

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11/18/2009 7:29 AM

Blogger Find 'Em, Chase 'Em, Sink 'Em said...

"You guessed it: a former MM2 A-Ganger that struck up a commissioning program."

By all means, if there is a CHOP out there that pulled his own weight, then let's hear it. My experience underway dealt with "boomer" chops (I know, I know...but I had to ride the same plant that I was on. Trust me, my boomer was taken by one of my kids and I let it in the play room.).

They were second tour guys after playing Seabee or Aviation, so they actually had some LT weight to go along with that "DH status." I guess they were too busy counting the peanuts and government pens to be bothered with standing watch.

The two yard CHOPs we had were awesome despite not getting the opportunity to support a watchbill. One was a former SK, and the other was a former ELT. Nothing like having CHOP volunteer to monitor a check say sure, then realize he's the CHOP. "What do you mean I can't do it...I was a Leading ELT before I got this CHOP on my collar!"

Our other CHOP (the prior SK)was colorblind, so "requirements of the service" limited his role. He loved to help out though. Nothing like having him on the scope at night making an observation. "I don't see two at least he's not pointing us."

As for former A-gangers, you haven't seen anything until you see one as a DH. Got one guy going through with us. Nothing scares this guy, and he'll fart in your face if you let down your guard. I can't wait to hear about him making command one day.

11/18/2009 7:31 AM

Blogger Find 'Em, Chase 'Em, Sink 'Em said...

"(I know, I know...but I had to ride the same plant that I was on. Trust me, my boomer was taken by one of my kids and I let it in the play room.)."

Ok, so my wife decided to brew decaf this morning...ugh. Just so that we are all clear...I don't have a boomer in my kids play room. I meant to say my boomer pin was carried of in there, and it remains "lost" in there.

A Typhoon on the other hand would be cool to have. Model size that is...the garages in government housing leave something to be desired.

11/18/2009 7:37 AM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Late November 1982, Hurricane Iwa. Subpac said "come to PD every 6 hours". Guess they forgot about the fact that we were ROUND. The rolls were... interesting, as was the XO on the 1MC calling out the roll angle for all hands now bunked down puking their guts out. I learned that day that I wasn't susceptible to seasickness - but a lot of my buddies were! :)

11/19/2009 8:58 AM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

3rd scariest: having a chief tell me "it's better to take charge and tell someone to do something wrong than to not have someone in charge.

2nd scariest: eventually coming to realize that he was right.

scariest: the ENGDEPT training program (real live version, not the ideal one)

11/19/2009 8:18 PM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

I forgot: starting up a SSTG and as the governor picked up, steam EVERYWHERE. Turns out the TTV was only being held on by gravity and a few hand-tight nuts under that lagging pad. The other nuts were just threaded a couple of threads on (so they didn't get lost, I guess.)

Luckily, I had, for some reason during the startup, thought to myself that if this thing blows up, the trip lever is right there. So when it did, I did without thinking. Didn't think to get scared until later.

11/19/2009 8:21 PM

Blogger retd ssn mmc said...

My worst day: Being called to Fast Eddie's stateroom on the Topeka.

My best day: Fast Eddie being relieved by Denny Haines.

11/21/2009 1:42 AM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

SSBN 619 Blue patrols one and two (1964) Diving Officer was Lt. Stucker our medical officer. Yes, back in the day we had Medical Officers MD's ride boomers. He was pretty good too. Just talked to him at length at 619 boat reunion in Sept. He is retired MC Capt. and heads ENT Dept. at LA State University Medical School. He is very cool, attends boat reunions as a plankie. He was relived by our new CHOP in 1965. This guy was LT SC, late 40's, rack of WWII ribbons including PUC and war patrol pin, the real one. He was a Chief Pharmacist Mate on Salmon (a 250 foot Test Depth boat) in 1944 that was badly damaged in a depth charging and went to 600 feet and recovered. shot it out on the surface in a three hour running gun battle with three ASW vessels and got away. True story check it out!! Anyway, he was an ace diving officer, nothing every rattled him even when HOV 4 failed open on a blow cycle and unexpectedly put us on the surface in the Straits of Sicily at night surrounded by contacts. Name was John Borglund. He was the real deal!! Passed away in 1988.

Keep a zero bubble.......


11/21/2009 10:02 PM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Torpedo in the Water, Mkae your depth "test Depth" in water not quite half that deep. Voice Cracking ignored as I squeelled "NO!!!" Dive and planes got us stopped real quick.

Electrical Fire in the fwd ABT in the Missile Compartment. Most faces every seen coming into control with no blood visible. Then squadron said go anchor out 'til you get it fixed.

11/23/2009 12:44 PM

Anonymous Anonymous said...


11/23/2009 3:51 PM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

NAV as EDO the first night back in port.

The ship had come in quickly to get the COB off for a ruptured appendix, and the ENG just cooled down to standard temperature/pressure bands without taking power history into account.

So, about 11PM we were going to go high out of the green band despite the SRO having done everything he could all evening. The NAV became our sock puppet and myself and the duty ELT cooled the plant down with the SRO.

NAV went forward to get some sleep while I was dumping steam though the TG via the MS bypass.

11/26/2009 2:20 PM

Anonymous sts2 (ss) said...

1. Trying to lift the deck skid (and by extension, the boat) out of the water with a crane when a MK48 got stuck on the skid.....weapon jumped up off the skid ~12 inches and crashed back down. Lots of lucky guys that day...

2. Fire in a panel back aft when in Toulons at 2 AM....everyone's jumping out of the rack saying "I am way too drunk to fight a fire..."

3. Failure of both TGs while deep.....just sat in the pitch black for a few minutes until they got the lights back on.

2/02/2010 7:39 PM

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In La Modelena tied to the tender in the evening and an overgrown A-Ganger gets a valve lineup wrong when pumping san tanks to the tender, much to his surprise it really does flow downhill from the CO head through the deckplates and from the middle level head flowing and dripping all the way down to the torpedo room, gallons and gallons of muck everywhere

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