Wednesday, July 4, 2012

4th of July fireworks for a submarine?

Here is the live webcam link for the USS Intrepid Museum in NYC: The deck of the big carrier will be a perfect place to see the fireworks tonight.

In this photo of the webcam you can just see the hull of the USS Growler on the lower right corner. I was on it with my kids 2 years ago when they came back from the yards and it was one of the best paint jobs in a submarine I've ever seen. Definitely worth the visit if you are ever in NYC.

I once saw the fireworks from the top of the World Trade Center and we looked down on the show which was very cool. Most of the explosions were from 500 to 800 feet so we were 200 to 500 feet above the explosions.

Happy 4th of July to all USS Augusta Alumni and their families !!

I'm going to take my kids to the fireworks in Ridgewood NJ tonight and we are going to catch the ones in Ramsey on Saturday. I hope you all have a chance to see them in your town - especially with family if you are so lucky. OK Have a great and safe 4th of July !! 

Thursday, May 17, 2012

Memorial Day Thoughts from Paul Myers

Thanks for the post Paul !! Posting this on the Google blog for the rest of the crew...   


Sunday, November 27, 2011

No Smoking on US Submarines

I was surprised to find out that smoking was banned on US Submarines. I had heard that it was going to take place in 2010 but this is the first official press I've seen to confirm that it's gone. 

In the USS Augusta control room during the early 80's, the cigarette smoke was frequently thicker than in a Navy bar. During battle stations of course the "smoking lamp" was out, but when we were piloting or just on duty the smoking lamp was generally lit. And it must have been more than half of the crew that smoked. 

My first boat was the Stonewall Jackson SSBN-634 Gold and I would guess at least 2/3 of the crew smoked. That was 1981 and 1982 for me. We also used to chew tobacco which the thought of still disgusts me. But I chewed like the best of them back then. We used to tape a bucket to the primary plot when we were piloting and about 4 or 5 of us would share it for our chew. Actually made an inspector vom when he saw it. That was so funny. The entire control room was lol when the inspector looked in our chew bucket and then started to gag. 

My first COB on the Stonewall Jackson told me a story about how the Navy tried to eliminate smoking cold turkey on a boomer in the 1970's. When the boat was about to pull out they confiscated cigs from the entire crew. I don't know how they did that because we used to carry about 20 cartons per man for the patrols. Well they went to sea and started their patrol. 3 days later the sub rode on the surface back toward Norfolk because there had been so many fist fights they had to abort the patrol. When they got 150 miles from shore they were greeted by a huge Navy chopper which dropped down thousands of cartons so the crew could continue the deterrent patrol.

It took me 27 years of smoking to finally quit and I'm so glad I was finally able to make it off the Marlboros. Smoking sucks. I'm glad the Navy finally decided to man up and forced all bubble heads that are too young and too stupid to quit. We were almost all too young and too stupid in our days on the boat and we thought we would live forever. But cigarettes turned out to be one of the stupidest things a person could do in the history of the world. Go Navy.

Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Submarine Officer Video

Just saw this video on Facebook.
It's 11 minutes long. Shows initial dive, battle stations, loading a torpedo, taking a torpedo shot, underwater view of torpedo shot, tracking a bad guy, patrol quiet, supposedly tracking an "Alpha". Complete with corny music.

Sunday, November 13, 2011

USS Augusta Launch Video

The commentator said it was 5 degrees during the launch at Electric Boat Shipyard in Groton CT. I don't think there was a man onboard who I've ever talked with that was there that didn't remember how biter cold it was in our dress uniforms for hours outside. When we were relived from the ceremony we felt like frozen Popsicle's taking small creaky steps going up the hill at E.B. back to our offices in Building 80. Then the Commissioning up at Portsmouth NH was almost as cold. Time flies when you're having fun... this was almost 30 years ago now.

Just thought I'd post this incredible time lapse video that has literally nothing to do with the 10 boat... it's from the International Space Station from August to October, 2011.

Thursday, November 10, 2011

Happy Veteran's Day... Have Some Free Food !!

I got this list from "The Military Wallet"

 The original article had a lot to say about these places... I'm just listing them here so you can scan the list. Cheers -

Applebee’s – free meal, Friday, Nov. 11:
Bar Louie AmericaBar Louie
BJs Restaurant and Brewhouse
Champps AmericanaChampps Americana
Chili's Restaurant
Fox and Hound Bar
Golden Corral
Famous Daves
Krispy Kreme Doughnuts
Little Caesars
McCormick and Schmicks
Outback Steakhouse
Sizzler Restaurant
The Spaghetti Warehouse
Texas Roadhouse
T.G.I. Friday’s
The Olive Garden
Twin Peaks Restaurants
UNO pizza

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