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Wednesday, March 10, 2010

Broadside Blog

From almost the time I got into the Navy, I always enjoyed the "Broadside" cartoons in Navy Times. Some of my favorite submarine-related cartoons are here. The author, Jeff Bacon, is retired from the Navy now, and living here in Idaho. If you want to check out some of his latest work and thoughts, check out the Broadside Blog at the Military Times website.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

Joel, If you like submarine cartoons, I have a pretty good one that I need to dig up and scan and I can e-mail it to you.

It deals with a submarine down angle, a CHOP as the DOOW and you can imagine the rest.

The dolphin auction folks in CT used to put out a calender that had some funny cartoons.

3/10/2010 1:33 PM

Blogger Rubber Ducky said...

Those who choose the Supply Officer as a subject of ridicule on the dive have never made a patrol with a doctor....

We had one who set some sort of record, in 60 days passing the boat through the Norwegian Sea and the Norwegian Sea through the boat. Our chop was a much much better diving officer than this guy. Still lousy, but much better...

3/10/2010 6:18 PM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

I have always loved Jeff Bacon's Broadside cartoons. His sense of humor and ability to parody the Navy forces is always hilarious. What I found even more astonishing was those he made a topic fun of in the weekly comic strip in the Navy Times would get bent out of shape over the strip. I remember some of the "Letters to the editor" of those who complained. The two strips that I remember getting alot of complaints was "Supply Officer Battlestation on a ship" had two chops jumping into the rack AND the MAA high
five'ing each other as the charges built on an individual.

Jeff, if your out there, how about a top 5 strips that received praise and top 5 strips that received the most complaints!

Always a fan!

3/10/2010 6:30 PM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Rubber Ducky,

The Docs stood DOOW on smoke boats?

We had a Chop that was an aviation transfer and he made it pretty far into the flying world. We had to insure that he understood that if a submarine flys (broaches) and he earns his water wings then that is BAD. If the OOD can count the blades then there is big time problemos, lol. We used to have a DOOW go up and present him some bogus water wings when we heard the surface slapping. At least he finally earned some wings, just not the gold ones.

3/10/2010 7:07 PM

Blogger ret.cob said...

I had a planesman from Alaska once. Naturally I asked if he was a private pilot (stereotyping everyone from Alaska as pilots of some sort) and he said he was! Naturally I said, So this must be easy for you. He said, Oh no, COB. It's hard. In a plane when the numbers get smaller you pull back, here, when the numbers get smaller, you push forward.

3/10/2010 7:29 PM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hey C.O.B.. Sounds like you liked your planesman. Bet in your time you had your share of all the rates. Wich one fitted you best? Your out now.

3/11/2010 4:12 AM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

I had a helm (UI) who really had a tough time with his left and right. He eventually caught on but we were considering several creative training solutions. While standing a UI helm and answering the OOD’s bell order, the UIs response to the OOD was “why?”, lol. He required a little extra attention and eventually he caught on and was a pretty good planesman/helm.

3/11/2010 4:41 AM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

"riding the vents", rrrrrr, me hook is rusty and me peg leg has termites.

3/11/2010 5:21 AM

Blogger ret.cob said...


I started out as an FT and liked working on the fire control and torpedo weapons systems. But I also qualified and stood A-gang watches. They were fun too. Standing A watches helped me learn the boat well, and it really helped out standing the BDW in port. Back then we did everything on watch, blow, pump, shift, logs, tags, masts, antennas, etc. I loved the times when I was very busy. Busier the better. It took a lot of concentration, though. Nobody messed with a submarine watch-stander.

But to answer your question, I guess I gravitated toward A-gangers mostly. We had not just a few beers together.

3/11/2010 5:22 AM

Anonymous zhu zhu hamsters said...

i really find this kind of humor really entertaining..nice

3/11/2010 7:16 AM

Anonymous NHSparky said...

Does Bacon have a book of his stuff out, and can I order it through Amazon or somewhere similar? I particularly loved the one with the "2nd Annual Nuclear Power School-USMC Boxing Tournament" with the caption, "It looked like another long night for the 'Fighting Nukes of Orlando'." Priceless.

3/11/2010 7:25 AM

Blogger 630-738 said...

Broadside is simply awesome. No one does a better job of zinging the peculiarities of the Navy quite like Jeff Bacon. I still buy an occasional "Navy Times" just to see what he's got in there. I imagine he's generated them a ton of money since the 80's. I have an original clipping of the previously mentioned USMC-Nuclear Power School Boxing Tournament. It's a classic!

3/11/2010 11:16 AM

Anonymous BoomerChop said...

As a Chop who stands Dive (actually stood in straight three section for an entire patrol), I resent these remarks...hehe...I was actually one of the only guys standing Dive on the last patrol who DIDN'T broach.

Put that in your pipe and smoke it! :)

3/11/2010 7:33 PM

Anonymous ret.cob said...


I'm afraid we will require evidence of your claim, Chop. Deck logs, eye-witness accounts, sworn affidavits, audio/video recordings, patrol reports, engineering logs, sonar tapes, navigation records, satellite surviellance reports, etc. You know the drill. Post them all here for our thorough review, because you could be the first Chop ever to stand that many watches watches!!! And with NO BROACHINGS?! Did everybody hear that? It's gotta be some sort of MIRACLE! Chop, you, sir, could be the BEST DOOW EVER!

3/12/2010 8:02 AM

Anonymous BoomerChop said...

hehehe...I am sensing your sarcasm, COB! That run was horrible...three guys on the entire crew qualified, the COB, and the Sonar Chief in straight 3 section...we had a DASO that underway, and every member of the inspection team wrote in their comments that they had never seen a boat that had the Chop and the COB in three-section Dive. We took a lot of ragging for that.

3/13/2010 3:19 PM

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