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Thursday, August 22, 2013

PCU Minnesota Video

The shipyard released a propaganda video from a recent PCU Minnesota (SSN 783) media availability:

It's not too bad. I would have liked to have seen more shots of the screens on the Virginia-class boats, but I was most happy to see a crew in poopy suits instead of the dumb-ass aquaflage you normally see on underway videos nowadays.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

I'm not surprised that they didn't mention the tug that they sunk before they even left for sea trials.

8/22/2013 1:23 PM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

The CO called it a ship...I thought subs were 'boats'!

8/22/2013 1:30 PM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

The tug did not sink moron. The tug hit the boat, not the other way around. the boat was still moored at the time stupid.

8/22/2013 4:09 PM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

25/23 degree angle to 750ft. Very impressive verbage on the 1MC with visitors aboard.

8/22/2013 4:48 PM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

"The CO called it a ship...I thought subs were 'boats'!"

The whole "boat" vs "ship" thing has been way overstated for a long time (by non-submariners). Actual submariners are not averse to using "ship". For that matter, skimmer pukes occasionally call even a carrier a "boat".

8/22/2013 6:41 PM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

The CO was pretty PC about "not wanting" to leave the shipyard but be able to go out and operate the ship. BS! No one in their right mind would want to stay in a shipyard environment.

Come on Captain, no need to lie or beat around the bush, tell it like it is. Don't be worried about hurting someone's feelings.

8/22/2013 7:53 PM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

25 degree down bubble? Snore........
When we were coming out of newcon on the Miami we were ready to do ANYTHING to get out of the damn yard.


8/22/2013 11:26 PM

Blogger Scott Minium said...

as to the ship-boat controversy, we tend to use boat amongst submariners, and ship at other times. on a different tack, who wants to say they are on a "warboat"?

But what about the fact MN is #10! That's really quite cool. VA class is starting to have real numbers.

8/23/2013 1:39 AM

Blogger Scott Minium said...

oh, and I'm with bubblehead on aquaflage.

8/23/2013 1:40 AM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Boat - Ship...

So when the OOD says, "Dive (or Pilot these days), Submerge the ___, make you depth ...." what does he say? Pretty sure everybody says "SHIP" Probably because that is what the SSM says.

8/23/2013 7:59 AM

Anonymous Cupojoe said...


Ironic, since there are some who would apparently do anything to keep Miami IN the shipyard.

8/23/2013 8:31 AM

Blogger wtfdnucsailor said...

I can still remember telling my girl friend (now my wife) that I "had to go down to the boat this evening because the ship was getting underway in the morning."

8/23/2013 11:19 AM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

There's a better video at that shows more of the boat, including the screens. It's better than the Navy's PR machine produced...


8/23/2013 11:20 AM

Blogger Mark R Brown said...

what happened to faster than 20 knots, deeper than 400 feet they announce 750 feet. Is this info no longer controlled?

8/23/2013 12:28 PM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Nowadays we claim 25+ and 800+

8/23/2013 12:35 PM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

we claim the higher speed and deeper depth because some admiral popped out with that (classified) set of values by mistake on a national news show interview.


8/23/2013 2:17 PM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

You guys should take a look at Wikipedia's 688 class article.

8/23/2013 2:40 PM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Also Hunt for Red October. Yea it's a movie but in the absence of other info people will believe it.

8/23/2013 2:42 PM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

The change from 20+ knots, 400+ feet to 25+knots, 800+ feet took place after Joan Lunden rode USS Key West in 1996 and a depth deeper than 400 feet was broadcast on national TV.

8/23/2013 5:52 PM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hunt for Red October? Scared the shyt out of me. I was reading it on a 13 hour flight from new yahk to Da Vinci airport to meet my 1st boat. In it, it talks about BLDG 597, which I was flying too. That was an interesting med-run into a threatcon charlie area in '86. Thankfully we made it back!


8/23/2013 9:23 PM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Psst, declassified report on San Fran mentions 33 knots ;)

8/23/2013 9:33 PM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Cupojoe, we were so fricken depressed after escaping newcon, and then we had to go back into the dock for PSA. I couldn't count the number of duty days us Duty Chiefs and SDOs only left the wardroom to do tours due to the sheer numbers of tagouts and shipyard bullshyt thrown at us.
But, I did come in one morning to the covered dock and get to actually see a yellow submarine. Too bad no pics though.
Early in newcon A&IC division were the only ones to order plankowner belt buckles from the PI. I've still got mine. I wonder how many of the 20 or so still exist?


8/24/2013 10:53 PM

Anonymous Cupojoe said...


I consider any shipyard experience where the boat doesn't end up on fire to be a positive one.

8/25/2013 11:28 AM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

"But, I did come in one morning to the covered dock and get to actually see a yellow submarine. Too bad no pics though." - hagar

Brings back a memory of one of my boat's ironic, bright pink primer once (topside painted by deck crew with EB's latest). The idea was later picked up (decades later) by civilian paint makers to assure total ceiling coverage.

8/25/2013 1:18 PM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

^^^^ Funny.
We pulled into SandyEggo in 2002 for a pitstop on our way to Guam for a home port change. Deck div scores a big bennie and get's black paint. They paint one entire side of the sail and work until dark. Next day we came in, and it was purple. Laughed our asses off.


8/25/2013 11:45 PM

Blogger Sandy Salt said...

It always sucked to be in drydock, whether it was in Kings Bay with the 734 or any of the shipyards. Always better to be at sea.

8/26/2013 8:00 AM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

CDR John Fancher - my USNA '91 Classmate - Go Navy!

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