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Posted: Tue Nov 29, 2005 2:54 pm
From: "Adams, Ken P" <ken_adams@...>
Date: Mon May 3, 2004 9:57 am
Subject: RE: [USS_James_Madison_SSBN627] Flare thing
Harry: I remember a northern patrol where both O2 generators were down. The captain asked our ET Chief if he would try to fix it; of course, having a lick of common sense, he declined (3,000 psi hydrogen in the lines). Of course, due to operational commitments, we stayed on patrol. Every 2-3 days, the corpsman would complain to the captain we needed air. So we'd come up and snorkel in our patrol area to replenish the air supply.
Ken Adams, MM2,
Posted: Tue Nov 29, 2005 2:56 pm
From: "Harry Bell" <bubblehead@...>
Date: Wed May 5, 2004 4:09 pm
Subject: RE: [USS_James_Madison_SSBN627] Flare thing
That is correct we stayed on patrol and were out of asprin and Tylenol at
the end of the patrol. The corpsman was starting to is some of the heavier
duty pain relievers as we all had headaches.
Posted: Tue Nov 29, 2005 6:15 pm
I no longer remember the guy's name but there was someone from Madison who went back to MARF (Ballston Spa) for his shore rotation and he brought some of these stories with him.
I was a student there at the time and recall the reactions of some of the other senior types to the stories we were being told. Let's jsut say the man's credibility was being doubted.
I fired the aft signal ejector once!
Posted: Tue Feb 14, 2006 7:02 pm
When we finished MK-48 certification at Azores, we were transiting back to Charley town and got involved with an exercise thing with a carrier group in the Carribian. I was the ERS on watch when we launched a signal flare from the aft signal ejector. I think Chip was on watch also and Rocky was the EWS! But my mind is in a fog, who really knows!
Posted: Fri Feb 17, 2006 3:38 am
Hey Bob, all I can say is that we got that thing outta-there! I think it was a NAE beacon countermeasure that we shot. That was the one patrol that I don't think anyone one of us could forget - the Machinery I upper level incident, the fan room incident, and for me...passing out in the laundry.
Posted: Fri Feb 17, 2006 2:25 pm
could forget - the Machinery I upper level incident, the fan room incident, and for me...passing out in the laundry.
May have been unforgettable but some of us never knew. Share!
Midshipman Ops from Charleston - The Movie
Posted: Tue Feb 28, 2006 7:37 pm
I know Tom Bianchi won the best supporting actor role for his portrayal of the EWS in the Machenery 1 scene, but who was the actor that was featured dangling in that scene? I know he was a mid-season replacement for Barney "Got your bullet" in the series! I remember that John Wayne Laneau had the starring roll on the conn for the fan room scene! During an earlier episode after the first ERP, John Wayne was also the featured actor on the conn in the "Victor Bashing" episode. I remember Fabructe's line "I have the conn, keep this boat submerged" after John Wayne ordered the DO to surface.
Re: Midshipman Ops from Charleston - The Movie
Posted: Tue Feb 28, 2006 7:51 pm
BobbyC wrote:I know Tom Bianchi won the best supporting actor role for his portrayal of the EWS in the Machenery 1 scene, but who was the actor that was featured dangling in that scene? I know he was a mid-season replacement for Barney "Got your bullet" in the series! I remember that John Wayne Laneau had the starring roll on the conn for the fan room scene! During an earlier episode after the first ERP, John Wayne was also the featured actor on the conn in the "Victor Bashing" episode. I remember Fabructe's line "I have the conn, keep this boat submerged" after John Wayne ordered the DO to surface.
Who was the featured actor in the movie version?
Posted: Wed Mar 01, 2006 6:53 pm
Unforgetable patrols for sure!!! I was in the ELT shack for the Machenry Upper Level Dangling incident. "Coreman lay aft!!!" What a mess he made of his wrist with a "bic" razor before dangling.
I was the off-going EWS for the fan room incident. I carried the submersible pump with cable by myself all the way up to the missle compartment forward hatch only to see water in the port hole (that scared the shi* out of me).
I can still hear the screeching of metal during the Victor bashing incident. The tall 1st class electrician had the throttles. All ahead flank - red line this sucker!!!
I have not spoken of either of these incidents previously for fear of some FBI agent flipping his badge and saying "can we talk privately". Great times on the Jolly Dolly.
Posted: Sat Aug 04, 2007 8:29 pm
The Blue crew curse continued in the late '80s. We were playing games with skimmers, I believe before a TRE but I'm not sure. We had red and green flares and countermeasures available for the aft signal ejector. Sometime in the middle of these games, we received an order to load the aft signal ejector with a countermeasure, normally a red smoke was loaded during routine ops.
At the end of the war games, Manuevering ordered ERUL to 'unload the aft signal ejector'. The EOOW and ERS should have asked themselves why the ERUL's bulged wide open with excitement after receiving this order but alas they did not until later. A few moments later, ERUL reports that the aft signal ejector has been 'unloaded'.
I'm not certain what took place in the sonar shack but it must have been pretty exciting. It didn't take long for us in the engineering spaces to hear that sonar made a 'contact'. Yup, our ERUL unloaded the signal ejector by launching it!!! I do remember the Engineer, Mr. Gillespie I believe, having ERUL relieved of his watch.
Posted: Tue Aug 07, 2007 9:32 am
When you say "Mr. Gillespie" do you mean "Q-Bert"?
The same Engineer who, due to a normal SOP ventilation alignment, opened the AMR2UL hatch and got blown into the Engineroom in front of almost the entire Blue M-Div in 1985?
After 22 years I still remember THAT particular moment, and 44 years from now I still will.
P.S. Who's got the buck?
Posted: Tue Aug 07, 2007 8:56 pm
Q-Bert? That is funny? I'm sure it is the one and same. I didn't arrive until the summer of '86 but he was the Engineer when I arrived. That must have been one heck of a sight!!
Goldies Had No Excitement??
Posted: Sun Dec 30, 2007 12:59 am
Does that include going to PD in a high sea state (I was in the rack, so I can't say whether it was 5 or greater) and JMP&L doing a propulsion drill, stopping and locking the shaft, thus ensuring we would be sucked to the surface? The way I heard it, the order was given to flood all available tanks to "GET ME DOWN NOW!!!"
We dropped like a rock, and I felt my body get really light on the mattress as we did so. Then I heard - and felt - emergency blowing of the main ballast tank(s) and felt my body slam to the bottom of the (dreadfully thin) mattress as we arrested our descent and bobbed back to the surface.
I guess that doesn't get adrenaline pumps shifted to fast speed? I recall it did raise a few questions (tempers and blood pressures) when the boat was stabilized once more and the incident was reviewed.
Posted: Mon Jan 21, 2008 1:58 pm
Hey Johnny C Q-bert's other Name was Dizzie wasn't it ????????????