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Old 09-19-2015, 07:44 AM
 
Location: Columbia SC
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Let us all that were there tell some stories.

Anyone remember when the expression 40 knots, no smoke was in vogue? Knew a few nucs that had that as a tramp stamp tattoo.

Remember hot bunking?

Russkies dropping hand grenades to let you know, they knew you were there.
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Old 09-20-2015, 04:36 PM
 
Location: Forests of Maine
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I can neither confirm nor deny the existence, or non-existence of submarines.

I served somewhere for 20 years, doing somethings, with some other people.

The pay was good. I learned a lot. I was able to do a lot of investing and college courses.
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Old 09-23-2015, 09:16 AM
 
Location: Columbia SC
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I was in from 1960 to 1966. SubDevGrp II, New London CT. Spent most of my time on USS Hardhead SS365. Also rode the USS Skipjack & USS Albacore. I was an Electrician Mate. I stood propulsion cubicle watches on diesel boats but could not on nucs as I was not nuc qualified.

Went on two "northern runs". Nucs of that era were fast but noisy so they still used diesel boats for the in close spy stuff. We would load up with a few "spooks" and their gear then sneak our way north to just off the Russian coast. We would go in close for a few hours, listen, record, etc. then head back out to snorkel then head back in. Cold and boring runs.

The USS Tullibee (another SubDevGrp II boat) was an attempt at making a quiet nuc. Much of that "quiet technology" went into later boats.

Got a chance to salute Rickover one time. He was quite feared. Heard he disqualified a reactor cubicle operator as the operator turned away from the reactor operation cubicle to answer a question Rickover asked.

I was in when the USS Thresher (a SubDevGrp II boat) went down. Had a few friends that were lost.

Overall it was good duty. One thing was as we operated alone we often were the only US ship in a liberty port so we had the run of the place.

Took the Hardhead up the Hudson river to Albany NY one time. You should have seen the people gawking at us. That run was a blast. We had a ball.
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