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Wednesday, July 06, 2011

A Promise Is A Promise...

I made a vow in the past to stop tilting at windmills and give up my crusade against the cheapening of a great submarine tradition, so I'll just say "Congratulations" to PCU California (SSN 781) for completing Alpha Trials, apparently sinking all enemy ships they encountered while doing so:


Anonymous Anonymous said...

What if they encountered zero enemy ships? Broom!

7/06/2011 12:03 PM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

The most hazardous enemy confronting today's U.S. subs of late seems to be crew inattentiveness or cutting corners in various detailed procedures.

Such hazards will be underscored upon the arrival of females.

R.D. Wells

7/06/2011 1:03 PM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

The broom is so gay! But, I guess in today's environment...that's OK. Just part of the submarine force neuterification process.

It only hurts for a little while, then you forgot they were even there!

7/06/2011 1:25 PM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

The broom is just up there so the poor blue shirt can do a field day.

Well at least everyone is wearing a safety harness. I can't tell if they are all clipped onto something or not. Are life jackets or float coats not required?

7/06/2011 1:45 PM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

All it takes is for the CO to say BS to the shipyard!

7/06/2011 2:31 PM

Blogger SJV said...

Maybe they went rogue and sunk a few merchants and/or carriers. Oh, wait, probably didn't have too many warshots onboard for alpha trials.

7/06/2011 3:27 PM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Nice tilting without tilting, Joel. BTW, if you do want to tilt, you need to aim high - the shipyard asks permission from SOPA prior to flying the broom.

7/06/2011 3:33 PM

Anonymous mjl said...

If USS Florida expended all their Tomahawks during Odyssey Dawn, I would give them a Push Broom to hoist.

7/06/2011 4:19 PM

Anonymous Tim said...

That looks like "The Donald" with his hand next to the broom. It's pictures like these that would make my grandfather roll over in his grave.

7/06/2011 6:38 PM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

I was on the Bermerton when she finally shook herself of PHNSY from a major overhaul. The shipyard folks wanted a broom flown after successful completion of seatrials. After a after MBT vent valve blew itself to pieces and other sundry problems, the CO hurled the broom over the side on our way back to the yards for another two months to fix all the broken bits. And it was some CASREP.

7/06/2011 6:59 PM

Anonymous ssnret said...

Tie the SY flag to the broom, use it as a kite and cut the string.

7/06/2011 7:57 PM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

I appreciate the photo's file name.

Broom or no, what qualifies as a clean sweep. Alpha trials are never without something to fix.

7/06/2011 8:13 PM

Anonymous T said...

Well.... they came home... HEROES OF AMERICA

7/06/2011 8:25 PM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Yes - the broom is stupid - but so is this blog. You've taken what should be a good news story for the submarine force and used it to make comments about the "submarine force neuterification process" and Well's idiotic ramblings. I guess you needed something to do since the Casey Anthony trial was over - so you decided to belittle the Submarine Force.

7/06/2011 8:51 PM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

I guess you needed something to do since the Casey Anthony trial was over - so you decided to belittle the Submarine Force.

With what's headed toward the sub force (open homos in same sex berthing areas and females aboard), the wee bit of belittling here is just the proverbial tip of the iceberg. In other words, you ain't seen nothin' yet.

7/06/2011 9:47 PM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

So give us your name and we will belittle you, you sackless, peter puffing, cornhole loving, son of a one-eyed 3rd fleet whore.

Something tells me you are a skimmer?

7/06/2011 9:51 PM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

The Sub Force has been going down the crapper for awhile now. It is not the elite of the fleet like it once was. It has lost purpose, and it's numbers are sparse, with higher tempo performing BS OPS, and soon to add female mixing, bringing many political issues to the table. Good luck keeping the boats manned. If I was a youngster now, I would go skimmer, or aviation, get my degree (since I would have more time to do it on anything other than a sub) and then get out. I am as of today retired. I will miss the people, but not the useless dog and pony shows like attaching a broom to an antenna. When is the last time a broom was ever used on a sub anyway? At least a real sub. I do not recall...nor do I recall mops either.

7/06/2011 10:10 PM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Anybody for sure that's not how they shore up a PMV? Hehehe....Wasn't too long ago I spied a certain SSGN getting underway flying the Jolly Roger next to the ensign.....What's up with that?


7/06/2011 11:03 PM

Anonymous Dardar the Submarian said...

I find it interesting how many of you will whine about tradition going down the shitter, but when a boat tries to maintain, just an ounce of tradition, you bitch about it.

Bitch, bitch, bitch. My foosie aches!

7/07/2011 5:06 AM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

I think the tradition comes from sinking things during a war patrol. Unless they took out a tug and toe, they hopefully have very little tonnage to their name.

7/07/2011 5:17 AM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

oops make that tow vice toe.
Subliminal reminder about steel toe boots.

7/07/2011 5:18 AM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

I had to laugh at the "push broom" comment. Excellent.

7/07/2011 6:22 AM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Did Greenville get a broom whe she took out the Ehime Maru? US 1 Japan 0

7/07/2011 6:42 AM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

was that a Swiffer broom?

7/07/2011 6:43 AM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Good news: the Ohio replacement is being designed so that all toilets include a sanitary napkin dispenser. I'm sure the sonar techs will appreciate it too!

Here's to hoping they put a toilet in the engine room since I can't see a chick peeing in a funnel on the midwatch.

7/07/2011 7:22 PM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

The women can use a wide mouth Nalgene bottle back in the engine room just like the guys.
And the girls in sonar...

7/10/2011 11:45 PM

Blogger Bublehead10MM said...

I'm sure this gets off topic a little, but sea trials always remind me of one, a Charlie probably, when David Tailor mounted some gear in the ER and clamped it rite to the hull. I guess that would have been a 100 % Fail if an M-div guy MM2 Snyder hadn't pointed it out.

8/06/2011 9:59 PM


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