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Old 07-25-2018, 07:36 AM
 
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Saw a program on today’s Navy ships and saw new gear I didn’t have. I know it’s better than the gear I used and though I complained about that gear when we ran drills, I was thankful it was there when we needed it for the real thing. I was in the Navy in the 1990s and for fire fighting we used the OBAs. Today they use the cylinders the firefighters use. While I hated putting them on, I was glad we had them when a real fire happened. Though they’ve been replaced with something better, there is still a soft spot for that thing because of those fires we went through using them.

Is there some gear you used that isn’t used today that you kind of have a soft spot for even though you know what replaces it is much better?

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Oxygen...hing_Apparatus
Example of a Navy OBA.
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Old 07-25-2018, 10:02 AM
 
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You know you are getting older when you go to a military museum and see equipment that you were issued on display.
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Old 07-25-2018, 01:51 PM
 
Location: Hawaii/Alabama
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Jeeps and .38s ( female MPs), .45s (male MPs) are the first things that spring to mind.
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Old 07-25-2018, 01:58 PM
 
Location: North Beach, MD on the Chesapeake
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F4s

A6s

A7s

T2s

T34s
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Old 07-25-2018, 02:00 PM
 
Location: Elysium
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It would be a shorter list to name something still being used. Besides a M2 and M240 machine guns I would have to check and see if something is still in use
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Old 07-26-2018, 05:50 AM
 
Location: Texas Hill Country
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Let's see.


First of all, I did wear the OBA for training at a reserve center (a rarity to wear that thing for an hour) and at the MSC fire fighting school on the east coast. In the later, the SCBA was in inventory but it was more the OBA or even something with a hose that someone in on the open deck feed air to you with a crank?

Do they use C rations anymore?

I believe they have replaced many of the ship's boats (MWB, U-Boat) with Zodiacs.

One thing that does bug me between then and now (but it's not my Navy anymore anyhow) was that ability to completely rearm a guided missile ship at sea.....or have they finally fixed that problem with the VLS?
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Old 07-26-2018, 07:07 AM
 
Location: SW OK (AZ Native)
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OV-10A

S/W Model 15-5 .38 revolver - it didn't carry as many rounds as the Beretta M9, took longer to load, wasn't as safe, but it was more accurate (at least for this guy) and weighed less, critical if you're wearing one on a survival vest in a cockpit.

Long Range Patrol rations, or LRP. I had them only once, at Fairchild for survival training. They were better than early-generation MREs.
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Old 07-26-2018, 05:36 PM
 
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I "grew up with" the old gas mask. (Field protective mask) When the new mask came around I DID NOT like it AT ALL. I trusted the old one. Plus I went from the USMC to the Air Guard. Never went to a gas chamber in the Guard.
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Old 07-26-2018, 05:46 PM
 
Location: New Mexico U.S.A.
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United States Carbine, Caliber .30, M1
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Old 07-26-2018, 05:59 PM
 
Location: San Diego CA
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Being a really old ex Marine just about everything I used is no longer in service. Weapons. M 14 rifle. M 1911 A1 handgun. 3.5 rocket launcher. M 79 grenade launcher. Clothing issue. Green cotton sateen utilities that had to be starched for inspections. Black leather combat boots. Chow. Those tasty C rations. Lima beans and ham. And of course every ration had cigarettes for the nicotine addicts.
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