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Old 06-05-2011, 08:11 AM   #1093
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Nice to meey ya, Happy... you can call me Fluffy... Like a cotton ball, there's a lot to me, but when you tear into it, it just doesn't go very far
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Those are some serious seas Robert. It is always so hard to get a sense of just how powerful the ocean is. Crazy stuff. Maybe someday (when it becomes public) you can see some of the stuff we are working on that allows unmanned vessels to operate in any sea state. People such as yourself that are familiar with open water really appreciate it.

Very cool pics.
AUV's, or UAV's depending on the company that designs them...???

I've worked on one or two in the past...
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We use a thick nap roller...


..... we use a needle gun and buffers and take the metal pretty much down to bare metal... ...
OMG... totally having flash backs... One of the very worst experiences of my life...

As a Helo crewman/SAR guy... ship's company hated us... we got head of the line during flight ops, wore flight suits, had time to work out (mandatory), worked behind closed doors due the the classified stuff related to our jobs...

One time when I was pretty junior, (met the ship while they were already on cruise). I accidentally called a Senior Chief Boatswain's Mate, "Chief" while in my flight suit headed back to the shop...

I ended up going TAD for a week to the Foc'sle (Forecastle) and working for him....

needle guns, buffers, strippers, nappy rollers with paint the consistency of Jello... brasso... I've always been a hard worker. worked a few miserable jobs as a young man before I joined the Navy... But damn man, that sucked... I earned the BMCS's respect, he didn't think I'd last the week... but I would have rather he hated me than have to go through that week again....

Sorry I keep hijacking your thread... but you just keep reminding me of my time at sea.



I used to love to get up early and go to the Fan Tail (most aft part of the ship) and watch the water churn behind us... it's weird... you can't hear anything but the water churning... No ship noise, no wind no engine noise, not even flight deck noise... it's like the churning water just Nulls every other sound out...

I also used to love going to the cat walks and looking at the different colors the ocean would turn... Some days it would be black like black marble.. so black it wouldn't reflect anything.. other days it would be green or so blue you'd swear you can see 7 miles deep.... And everything in between... The ocean has many personalities...

The first time I saw a wave spray over the bow of the aircraft carrier 70' up..
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Hi-jack away...

I had a friend in the navy way back when... He is quite a bit older than I am... He served on the Kitty Hawk... Went on a West Pac to Yankee Station, you probably know when... He said the stopped in Pearl to rep up, and then headed to Yankee Station... Enroute they ran into a typhoon... Had the Port Fwd elevator down for some reason and a wave took it off... completely... the Captain got relieved... He said at one point in the storm the destroyer escorts would literally submarine, come up shaking like a dog and do it at the next wave... He said that out of 3000+ men, 2500 were huddled a-mid'ships trying to minimize the pitch effects on themselves...
he didn't realize how big the seas were unitl they had two feet of blue water run all the way down the deck... He said they crested one wave, buried the bull horns in the next wave and when the bow came up,, it brought literally tons of water and it ran the length of the deck... spilling off the side the whole way... Now I have to take this friend with a grain of salt, but working out here, I came to realize just how big the seas can get... so...

I'm amazed how big the seas can get and how quickly it can happen... Slick calm now and four or five hours later your looking for some relief...
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The first time I saw a wave spray over the bow of the aircraft carrier 70' up..
Holy *hit............ Serious? How big were those freaking waves? Damn.
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Cool stories... Why did he get pist at you calling him Chief?

Chris, thanks for your service, and Robert, thanks for your gas

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Hi-jack away...

I had a friend in the navy way back when... He is quite a bit older than I am... He served on the Kitty Hawk... Went on a West Pac to Yankee Station, you probably know when... He said the stopped in Pearl to rep up, and then headed to Yankee Station... Enroute they ran into a typhoon... Had the Port Fwd elevator down for some reason and a wave took it off... completely... the Captain got relieved... He said at one point in the storm the destroyer escorts would literally submarine, come up shaking like a dog and do it at the next wave... He said that out of 3000+ men, 2500 were huddled a-mid'ships trying to minimize the pitch effects on themselves...
he didn't realize how big the seas were unitl they had two feet of blue water run all the way down the deck... He said they crested one wave, buried the bull horns in the next wave and when the bow came up,, it brought literally tons of water and it ran the length of the deck... spilling off the side the whole way... Now I have to take this friend with a grain of salt, but working out here, I came to realize just how big the seas can get... so...

I'm amazed how big the seas can get and how quickly it can happen... Slick calm now and four or five hours later your looking for some relief...
That story about the Kitty Hawk is pretty well known... I don't think people understand how big an elevator is on the carrier... Like big enough for 2 F14 or F18s to fit side by side not opposing.....

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Holy *hit............ Serious? How big were those freaking waves? Damn.
Not necessarily 70 feet but when the carrier is pitching the flight deck can be as low as 30 ish feet above water... So you more plow through the next wave... But I can tell you this... We been crossing the Indian Ocean... and when you are sitting in the Galley on a ship the size of an Aircraft Carrier and your food is launched off the table cut the wave hits the bow so hard it's like she ran aground... That will rattle any one's cage...

I've been flying looking for good weather.... Literally, they'd send the helo's out to try and get above the clouds and look for clear weather to run flight ops... and just as we lifted off the flight deck the destroyer next to us literally disappeared.. I mean GONE... underwater... I thought for sure I was gonna have to rescue someone in that weather... but I'll be dammed if she didn't just breach the other side and shake it of like a dog getting out of a pond. I was astounded...



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Cool stories... Why did he get pist at you calling him Chief?

Chris, thanks for your service, and Robert, thanks for your gas

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Well surface guys are pretty anal about their actual rank..
Chief, Senior Chief, and Master Chiefs all wear different rank insignia...

And since I was an airdale on board ship, junior airdale on board ship, who called him by the wrong rank.... (You really only call Chiefs "Chief" Senior Chiefs "Senior" and Master Chiefs... "Master Chief"... Or CMC but only if they are the "Command Master Chief")..... He decided I was gonna be the example...

so to call a Senior Chief just "Chief" is robing him of one rank... and the fact that I was an "Air Wing" guy didn't help much...

And you are very welcome.. I'd be glad to paddle that creek with you guys should the need arise.
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Cool stories... Why did he get pist at you calling him Chief?

Chris, thanks for your service, and Robert, thanks for your gas

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Inferiority complex... ???


It's like the Stool pushers, I mean tool pushers out here... I kinda work for them, but mostly I work for the OIM and the Subsea Supervisors in town... I've run a tool pusher out of the moonpool for getting in the way... And I've been on the floating piece of junk iron for 28 days, surviving mostly on a diet of french fries... You don't want anything from me... except maybe the oil we drill for when we are working...

I eat so much potatoes out here, I think I probably pass vodka...
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Inferiority complex... ???


It's like the Stool pushers, I mean tool pushers out here... I kinda work for them, but mostly I work for the OIM and the Subsea Supervisors in town... I've run a tool pusher out of the moonpool for getting in the way... And I've been on the floating piece of junk iron for 28 days, surviving mostly on a diet of french fries... You don't want anything from me... except maybe the oil we drill for when we are working...

I eat so much potatoes out here, I think I probably pass vodka...
LMAO Don't let the rest of the crew know that.. They's start following you to the head with a flask...

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That story about the Kitty Hawk is pretty well known... I don't think people understand how big an elevator is on the carrier... Like big enough for 2 F14 or F18s to fit side by side not opposing.....



Not necessarily 70 feet but when the carrier is pitching the flight deck can be as low as 30 ish feet above water... So you more plow through the next wave... But I can tell you this... We been crossing the Indian Ocean... and when you are sitting in the Galley on a ship the size of an Aircraft Carrier and your food is launched off the table cut the wave hits the bow so hard it's like she ran aground... That will rattle any one's cage...

I've been flying looking for good weather.... Literally, they'd send the helo's out to try and get above the clouds and look for clear weather to run flight ops... and just as we lifted off the flight deck the destroyer next to us literally disappeared.. I mean GONE... underwater... I thought for sure I was gonna have to rescue someone in that weather... but I'll be dammed if she didn't just breach the other side and shake it of like a dog getting out of a pond. I was astounded...





Well surface guys are pretty anal about their actual rank..
Chief, Senior Chief, and Master Chiefs all wear different rank insignia...

And since I was an airdale on board ship, junior airdale on board ship, who called him by the wrong rank.... (You really only call Chiefs "Chief" Senior Chiefs "Senior" and Master Chiefs... "Master Chief"... Or CMC but only if they are the "Command Master Chief")..... He decided I was gonna be the example...

so to call a Senior Chief just "Chief" is robing him of one rank... and the fact that I was an "Air Wing" guy didn't help much...

And you are very welcome.. I'd be glad to paddle that creek with you guys should the need arise.
funny story about needle guns... There was a female roustabout on a rig in the gulf of Mexico, several years ago... I was still working for Oceaneering at the time... If there was any chipping and buffing to be done, she would throw her hat in the mix before anybody else had a chance to... and everybody hates chipping... well most everybody...

She would get a five gallon bucket, her needle gun and hoses and go at it... funny thing is she would stop chipping every so often.... kind of shake a little, and go back at it... Over and over and over again... I often wonder if she needed a cigarette as often as she had the shaking spells...
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funny story about needle guns... There was a female roustabout on a rig in the gulf of Mexico, several years ago... I was still working for Oceaneering at the time... If there was any chipping and buffing to be done, she would throw her hat in the mix before anybody else had a chance to... and everybody hates chipping... well most everybody...

She would get a five gallon bucket, her needle gun and hoses and go at it... funny thing is she would stop chipping every so often.... kind of shake a little, and go back at it... Over and over and over again... I often wonder if she needed a cigarette as often as she had the shaking spells...
Well that may have been the same knucklehead who would take care of the the flight deck pad eyes at 2 am... Our berthing was directly under the waist cat waterbrake... or basically one level below the flight deck.. and every night for a frakin month some deck hand would be up there at 2 am.... hammering away...

Talk about wanting to throw some one over board...
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Well, Act made some adjustments to my clutch, and it should have shipped out today.

Corey should have the newly rebuilt upgraded tran in his hands tomorrow, so I'm hoping to be able to pick it up Friday, but Saturday or Monday may be more realistic...

Have no doubt it will be better though...
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