Skip to comments.Report of Bomb On Norfolk Naval Airstation Bus
Posted on 12/30/2004 9:26:20 AM PST by GRRRRR
Breaking blurb only from FOX.
I was stationed in Norfolk years ago. Back then the bus was the TRT, (tidewater regional transit)not the HRT.
It took me awhile but I finally learned not to start out saying, "well actually..." while watching movie that have the Navy involved.
The other patrons in the movie theatre where myself and some shipmates went to see "Hunt for Red October" were, I think, a little miffed at the constant laughter coming from our row... ;0)
Ive been following it. The notice that it was a hoax came in my Email from WTKR. Good training for the local good guys but it may have been a test of the system by the bad guys.
LOL, no doubt. I think, particularly as an ex dual-qualed AIC/ASAC...anytime an aircraft was involved I got into MORE trouble. The worst was that da*n Tom Cruise movie...oh yeah, "Top Gun".
Do you remember that really hokey TV series, "Super Carrier"?
I don't recall "Super Carrier", no. I do, however, remember watching "Hunt Fore Red October" on DVD one time recently, and I thought to myself "Hey, let's pause here and check out this guy's fruit salad" and boy was I surprised to see an Air Force Basic Training Ribbon on the guy... I could have overlooked it as maybe the guy transfered services or something, but unfortunately he was one of the soviets... ;0)
I was a submariner and it's been a hell of a long time since any skimmer had to rescue a boat (US Navy). The last one being the diesel boat (USS Bonefish in 1988) that had the battery fire off of the East coast. Even in that case the sub crew rescued the sub, the skimmer was used only to evacuate unnecessary personnel from the sub.
I think I'll watch it again just to check out the ribbons now. I had never paid attention to them in the past. I remember the first time I watched "Hunt for Red October" I nearly busted a gut when they launched the Airborne torpedo from the FFG CIC which wasn't really an FFG CIC.
Ack! Boomer? F'ing boomers aren't real subs, nor are they manned by real submariners.
"No slack in Fast Attacks, NO pride in a boomer ride"
They were lucky they were able to surface... had she not been able to, that would have been where we came in - four-point moor with the anchors and spuds, and send down the SRC...
ROTFL... What SubRon were you in?
Yup. Good point. Since the ship I served on was built in the 1940s, it was geared towards subs that had less diving depths... about 850 feet. I took the 800-foot plunge in that SRC... THAT was a blast...
So, since we weren't really needed for sub rescue (though we did drill and drill and drill...) we spent our time doing dive ops, torpedo recovery, Trident II missle launch security... ya know, the usual ;0)
SubRon 6 out of Norfolk in the 1980's and SubRon 5 out of San Diego in the 1990's.
I was SubRon6 in the late 80s - On an ASR. Our "Parent" was the Hunley...
The fact you never had to make a sub rescue says volumes!
Besides none of us really wanted to do the things we drilled the most on. Though launching a couple 48's at an enemy sub would have felt gratifying...... as long as we hit and they missed.
Yeah, I was glad we never had to, actually. We were ready, though. Bottom out anywhere between the surface and crush depth, and we'd a been there...
Thanks for the ping Old Sarge. I'm late, as usual.
Welcome to Israel thanks to your local elected democrat and the ACLU.
Been there, done that on both. Never turn your nose up at something that can destroy civlization with a switch.
which is why I have never turned my nose up at the Democrats
I to served on both, 3 Deterrent Patrols aboard the venerable James K Polk SSBN 645.
Which is why I know of what I speak. If I had it to do over again I would not have wasted 19 months of my Navy career on a 'Boomer".
I learned absolutely nothing from that experience, other than it was a blight on an otherwise wonderful 20 years.
Nothing is more demoralising, to a thinking person, then spending 2 1/2 months, at a time, boring holes in the ocean and then coming home to pretend you accomplished something.
I brought the James Madison, SSBN 627 out of the yards and made 7 patrols. After that, I spent a year and a half on the Narwhal, SSN 671. Made electricity and answered bells on both, and got paid the same.
Can't think of a thing I would have changed about my Navy career, including the decision to end it before I had to add to the aforementioned list.
So.....what happened with this?
Well, I was one of those fast attack bubbleheads (insert snotty primadonna comment knocking boomers here), and as far as I'm concerned, boomer patrols are some of the most important work a sailor can do.
We can only take strategic nuclear deterrence for granted because we already have it. If we didn't, the world would be a very different place indeed, comrade.
So for what it's worth, thanks for doing what you had to do.
The truth is that duty on a fast attack boat is pretty damn boring, too. For the guys who work in the back, it's all basically a matter of depth, speed and plant parameters. Watching steam demand. Oooh, pinch my arm. Doesn't really matter what you're pushing or where, the view in the back is always the same.
Now if you're a coner on the otherhand, then maybe it's more fun and yeah boomer patrols would suck by comparison. At least the ops guys get to plot courses and fiddle around with the periscopes and masts. For the guys in the back, on the other hand, it's "Oh hey, rig for ventilation. Whoop de freakin' do."
Sorry your tour sucked, mine basically did, too. But that's life aboard submarines for you, in all its unglamorous splendor. If it was really all that much fun, a lot more people would be doing it. 8^)
I would never knock the mission of the FBM fleet, nuclear deterence helped win the cold war days....so far. Though I think Putin would like to bring them back, unless the Chineese beat him to it.
My complaint (lame as it may be) is that it was extremely boring and many FBM sailors acted as if they were god's gift to the navy. (In truth it was mostly the zeroes that acted that way).
I actually had the best of both worlds, coner and engineering, being one of the lowly A gang types. AS COW and Dive I got in on all the fun Spec Ops with fast boats, even played with Seal teams as the boats Dive Master during Lock in / Lock out Ops.
As AMR1 and Aux of the Watch (the early years) I got to clean Engine Room bilges, shaft alley, suffer through ORSE drills and even participate as part of the Rad Decon team (what fun!/sarcasm off) with my Nuc trained buddies.
But all in all with the ops fast boats did and the ports we went to it was far better than my boomer experience.
19? 19? The Gunslinger been here???
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