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Sat May 25, 2019, 09:57 PM

Dark Photos: The Only Photo of a US Navy Supercarrier Sinking

I don't like the idea of what they did with a CV named after our Country...

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Reply Dark Photos: The Only Photo of a US Navy Supercarrier Sinking (Original post)
Solesurvivor May 2019 OP
JaimeBondoJr May 2019 #1
Solesurvivor May 2019 #2
Gunslinger201 May 2019 #3
JaimeBondoJr May 2019 #5
Gunslinger201 May 2019 #6
JaimeBondoJr May 2019 #4

Response to Solesurvivor (Original post)

Sat May 25, 2019, 11:04 PM

1. I spent 1 year, 8 months, and 13 days at sea with her.

That includes all workups, OREs, and deployments from '81-'85.

Our coop was under the forward chow hall in what was probably the quietest part of the boat (yes, I said boat. Spend 102 days at sea in one stretch and I don't care HOW big it is; it's a boat). My rack was the farthest away from the hatch, and on the floor. It was situated fore and aft so most nights I was rocked to sleep... 45 seconds to port, 45 seconds to starboard.

I kinda like the fact she was used to further the Navy's knowledge and keep future Sailors safer, while increasing the knowledge it takes to protect her most valuable assets, her aircraft.

She sleeps with the fishes, and I'm okay with that.

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Response to JaimeBondoJr (Reply #1)

Sat May 25, 2019, 11:55 PM

2. If it where any other named vessel I would agree

but I see your point and am torn on the subject. Thanks for your service btw Did they have air condition on those old ships?

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Response to Solesurvivor (Reply #2)

Sun May 26, 2019, 06:59 AM

3. I was on the Constellation (Also Kittyhawk Class)

The Air conditioning sucked

I was on the Eisenhower (Nimitz Class) and the Air conditioning rocked! They told us it was to keep the onboard Electronics cool but I didn't care!

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Response to Gunslinger201 (Reply #3)

Tue May 28, 2019, 09:44 AM

5. The second to the last time I left the pier on a carrier was on the Connie.

We were to do carquals off San Diego. When we were going out of the harbor, a fire started in a fuel pump room. It was extinguished (or so we were told) but some officer with the firefighting team ordered the hatch reopened and the fire reflashed. We went in circles for a couple of days fighting it, then went back pierside. We all thought we were going home to Whidbey (where VA-128 was based) but nope. Someone pointed down the pier to the Ranger and said "carry the cruiseboxes to the Ranger".

Can't get the Wiki link to the Connie fire to work but if you go to the link below and look up CV-64 and 1980-1989 you can find it. Fire started on 2 Aug 88.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/USS_Constellation_(CV-64)

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Response to JaimeBondoJr (Reply #5)

Tue May 28, 2019, 11:22 AM

6. We lost 4 Guys doing a PM on some sort of CO2 System

That surrounds one of magazines

They didn’t know what they were doing and set it off, Flooded the compartment with CO2. Nobody standing by with an OBA or anything.

That was Big News for about a week, lots of keep your head out of your Ass preaching

I retired out of Whidbey Island VA-128 and VAQ-129 were RAG Squadrons by then (I think 128 had De-Commed)

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Response to Solesurvivor (Reply #2)

Tue May 28, 2019, 09:33 AM

4. We had "refrigerated air" was what I was told. I don't remember it being anywhere near cold though.

My good fortune was that my rack was in a back corner of the coop and on the bottom. The air always seemed cool(ish).

I also had four curtains that were intertwined so my rack was dark. Got 'em from a friend who was TAD to First Lieutenant.

Appreciate the sentiment; but I didn't do it for accolades or thanks. My entire family had served in the military over the years and I kinda felt duty bound. I wavered for a while. I was working at the GM plant in South Gate, CA and one day I went to work to find a hand-lettered sign over the entrance that said "Plant Closes Today At 3:30". I enlisted on my way home.

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