U.S. Navy Chief Petty Officer initiation ill-advisedly abolished
The Navy Department axed the Shell Back Initiation prior to this……What is next? I worked with a young man who did the new Shell Back Initiation………………………Golden Shell Back on top of it…………Dinner Theater with Stand Up Comedy. His words, not mine.
SecNav needs to be carpet bombed with correspondence…………………………..
FOREST HILL, NC, January 15, 2013 — The time honored rite of the U.S. Navy Chief Petty Officer (CPO) initiation process has been eliminated. Political correctness has won out over more than 100 years of having gotten it right in the Chief’s Mess.
What has the U.S. Navy done? Will it prove harmful, or will it even matter in the grand scheme of things? My prediction is that this will exponentially increase the number of glorified managers in the Navy’s senior enlisted ranks.
Around The World on The Good Ship Kitty Hawk
I finally wrote a good one, I think. This is a post that is a look back on what turned out to be my last deployment overseas. 26 years ago it was…….wow……………………….It is about the travels, the places and most of all the shipmates.
I even give kudos to two of our company at The Lexicans, Old AF Sarge and MSGT Buck.
This 15 minute video, produced by Grumman Aerospace in the 70s, details the different requirements of Navy planes from land-based planes.
For one thing, I did not know that that once the tail hook catches, the entire fuselage flexes – think of the 1000s of landings a plane makes in its life, and the engineering that goes into this …
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CVN 78 Island Landing VideoI
It is long at 90 plus minutes………….but the good stuff starts at about 36 minutes or so in.
This is really cool.
USS Enterprise makes final foreign port Visit at Naples, Italy.
I vaguely remember when she was commissioned on the one TV station we got in Malta, MT fifty one years ago…….I was seven years old.
The photo was at the Commander, 7th Fleet site. Fond Memories………..possibly. It has been so long since I participated in such an evolution.
It ain’t all shoot em from the front and catch em on the back folks. There is the routine, the mundane, the dirty stuff that needs to be done. Those flight deck markings need to be visible and the crap that leaks out of airplanes builds up on the flight deck and makes things interesting. It also hurts like hell when one is blown down the deck a ways on one’s posterior.(Personal Experience at the tender age of 19!)
The link is to the post I put up at Old Retired Petty Officer, just for grins.
Capture of U-505 by USS Guadalcanal CVE-60
Today is also the 68th anniversary of Guadalcanal’s capture of U-505. Captain Daniel Gallery was CO of CVE-60 and Commander of Task Group 21.12.
Away boarders was called away on a United States Man of War for the first time since the war of 1812 as well as the first capture on the High Seas then as well.
I read a lot of Captain Gallery’s books in the mid to late seventies.
The link is to The Wikipedia entry on USS Guadalcanal CVE-60.
Rusty Mothball Fleet: Not your normal Ship Pr0n
I posted this one at Old Retired Petty Officer.
Three of the ships take up about five years and two months of my career and in reality, my life. Experiences on deployment on these ships are part of what defines me to this day.