Originally Posted by ken36
Navy: 1958-1979. Outstanding duty stations throughout.
Most gratifying: Long Beach Naval Shipyard.
My ship was just going into drydock in LBNS in 74. I had to show the Excorist for the crew then had mid watch on drydock fire watch. I still get chills about that. Our ship was too wide for other docks so we shared the carrier dock with the Kitty. It is incredible how big a carrier is when you stand at the bottom of the dock and look up. A floating city for 5,000 with an airport on top.
I was on duty when another ship had a horrible mishap. The crew needed a troop mover lifted to strip and re-grout the deck. It was 6ish in the evening. There was no work order but the sandcrabs lent a hand with a dock crane. While the transport was in the air, a cable rigging failed and killed one guy. He had less than two mos. left and had bought property and trailer in advance.
For those on ship, have you witnessed slingshooting your ship from the docks? Cables or ropes snap and clear a dock of equipment. I understand that is no longer allowed after some casualities.
I also had to do a salvage write-up of a Sperry Mk 23 gyro after a target practice tug was hit instead of the target. The round went thru the bridge, and lodged in the chief mess without exploding. Pretty crazy stuff when you mix machines and men.
I also volunteered to be a live payload on the DSRV when getting qualed for a 1 mile dive. Other than sub crews, not very many can say they have been a mile under water.
I'm sure we could get pretty raunchy about jokes but I was hoping to hear of the pride of our members and experiences they had on duty. You might start another thread. But if the members here have no objection, I will go with the concensus.