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To: cva66snipe

LOL!

My dad was on subs back in the ‘50’s. They used to tell the new crewmembers that they had to get out on the boat and sit on the prow to watch for obstructions in the water. The new crewmembers would walk out a ways and run back into the boat.

My dad was an Olympic swimmer who really enjoyed the ride. That’s the first time anyone actually did it that anybody knew about.


35 posted on 06/24/2012 4:36:30 PM PDT by <1/1,000,000th%
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To: <1/1,000,000th%
My dad was on subs back in the ‘50’s. They used to tell the new crewmembers that they had to get out on the boat and sit on the prow to watch for obstructions in the water. The new crewmembers would walk out a ways and run back into the boat. My dad was an Olympic swimmer who really enjoyed the ride. That’s the first time anyone actually did it that anybody knew about.

Mail Buoy Watch was another tradition. We had a Foul Weather bell up on the forward starboard catwalk off the flightdeck. The guys on the Bridge could see it fine including the old man. You placed a Noob there and said now if you see a Buoy you ring the bell and wave your hands frantically at that guy up there on the bridge. We sent noobs around for a Bucket of Steam, a Light Bulb repair Kit and the best was a BT Punch. A BT was a Boiler Tech. noob came back and says everybody just laughed and hit my arm. In todays PC world I imagine tacking on a persons Crow { Hitting The Eagle on a new NCO’s rank insignia} would be punishable now.

We did have several swim calls where the Captain stopped the ship and we got to swim. The tough part was we had to climb down a cargo net from the hanger deck to the water and back up. There were Marines watching with rifles in case sharks popped up LOL.

37 posted on 06/24/2012 4:53:43 PM PDT by cva66snipe (Two Choices left for U.S. One Nation Under GOD or One Nation Under Judgment? Which one say ye?)
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