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Jan 25, 2010 21:50 as a reply to  @ post 9464464 |  #31

We (the Oriskany) went through a typhoon in the South China Sea in 1966 with no problems. The worst seas I remember going through was off the coast of San Francisco.

During the typhoon, a civilian ship had run aground on a reef and we sent our helicopters over to rescue the crew. The waves were so large that one of them batted one of our helos right out of the sky. The helo crew was rescued too.

I'm thankful I wasn't a crewmember of one of our escort destroyers during the storm.


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Jan 25, 2010 23:23 |  #32

JWright wrote in post #9462135 (external link)
I could go into a very lengthy historical discussion about this one... :mrgreen:

ponygirl wrote in post #9464464 (external link)
I'll make sure to get some pictures of them, empty of course...

My discussion could go all the way back to the age of sail and the origin of the term "head..." (I was a sail crewman on the Star of India for four years.)

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We (the Oriskany) went through a typhoon in the South China Sea in 1966 with no problems. The worst seas I remember going through was off the coast of San Francisco.

During the typhoon, a civilian ship had run aground on a reef and we sent our helicopters over to rescue the crew. The waves were so large that one of them batted one of our helos right out of the sky. The helo crew was rescued too.

I'm thankful I wasn't a crewmember of one of our escort destroyers during the storm.

By far one of the worst ships I was on was an "ocean going" minesweeper (MSO). These things had all the sea-keeping qualities of a cork... Shallow draft, high freeboard, wood and aluminum construction all contributed to a miserable ride. By comparison a destroyer was downright smooth...


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Jan 25, 2010 23:34 |  #33

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By far one of the worst ships I was on was an "ocean going" minesweeper (MSO). These things had all the sea-keeping qualities of a cork... Shallow draft, high freeboard, wood and aluminum construction all contributed to a miserable ride. By comparison a destroyer was downright smooth...

Steel construction however would have really ruined your day... ;)


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Jan 26, 2010 21:48 |  #34

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Steel construction however would have really ruined your day... ;)

Something about magnetic signatures? :mrgreen:

That thing was also the hardest ship I ever had to drive. When we had all the sweep gear streamed, it handled like nothing I'd ever encountered before.


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Jan 27, 2010 00:39 |  #35

Heading out to sea in the morning. Hope the rain stops by then! Hubby still thinks I should leave the camera at home, but thanks to you guys it's going with me. Hope to come back with good pictures.




  
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Jan 27, 2010 08:00 |  #36

JWright wrote in post #9471781 (external link)
My discussion could go all the way back to the age of sail and the origin of the term "head..." (I was a sail crewman on the Star of India for four years.)
Once you know the reason, its not something that you really want to picture!:o

By far one of the worst ships I was on was an "ocean going" minesweeper (MSO). These things had all the sea-keeping qualities of a cork... Shallow draft, high freeboard, wood and aluminum construction all contributed to a miserable ride. By comparison a destroyer was downright smooth...

My grandfather was on one as a signaller in WW2 - he would have agreed with you about the handling! Mind you, he did manage to fall asleep standing up while on a double watch.:rolleyes:

But i would agree about the steel - would not have made travelling very nice either!


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Jan 27, 2010 08:01 |  #37

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Heading out to sea in the morning. Hope the rain stops by then! Hubby still thinks I should leave the camera at home, but thanks to you guys it's going with me. Hope to come back with good pictures.

Have a good time and take lots of pictures!:D


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Jan 27, 2010 15:39 as a reply to  @ neilwood32's post |  #38

ponygirl wrote in post #9479883 (external link)
Heading out to sea in the morning. Hope the rain stops by then! Hubby still thinks I should leave the camera at home, but thanks to you guys it's going with me. Hope to come back with good pictures.

Can't wait and don't forget to put some up on the San Diego site...


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Jan 29, 2010 09:25 |  #39

I survived! And so did my camera. It was a great time, even the landing and taking off, and watching flight ops from the carrier deck was amazing. Meeting some of our young Marines and sailors was neat too. Their enthusiasm and dedication was impressive. I'm wading through all my photos and will post some soon.




  
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Jan 30, 2010 14:16 as a reply to  @ ponygirl's post |  #40

You got to go on the flight deck during flight ops? I didn't get to do that when I went out. There were a limited number of escorts so only a few people in the group got to go out there.


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Jan 31, 2010 14:09 |  #41

Yes, we were on the deck during the daytime flight ops. They split our group into two. My group went forward to watch the launches and the other group went back to watch landings. We were supposed to switch but the pilots finished ahead of schedule, and since we got there a couple of hours late because of a maintennance issue with the COD we were cut short watching the ops. At night we were on Vulture's row. All the pictures I posted on Flickr are here:
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I'll put some up on this site and over at the San Diego site too.




  
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Feb 01, 2010 22:09 as a reply to  @ ponygirl's post |  #42

Boy, you got the royal treatment. I love the stuff laid out in the stateroom. We didn't get anything like that on the Reagan. In fact, we had to make our own bunks...:confused:

Your pictures look great. I would have loved to have been able to shoot from the flight deck. Maybe next time...


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Feb 03, 2010 10:38 |  #43

Wonderful shots, thanksfor sharing.




  
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Feb 09, 2010 21:13 |  #44

Those shots are so cool!! You're so lucky!


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Feb 11, 2010 11:50 |  #45

Great set of shots and some ownderful memories for the future.

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