I bet this would be a kick in the ass

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32 Responses to I bet this would be a kick in the ass

  1. Gregory Lux says:

    Yes. Yes it is…

  2. UNO HU says:

    Until I announce on the IC, “Ahoogah, Dive dive dive!”

  3. rustygunner says:

    I know at least some sub classes can rotate those fairwater planes 90 degrees up, it would be unfortunate if you were out there when that happened. Getting clear of the boat before you wound up in the screw might be a challenge.

    • Rat Bastard says:

      That would be the 637s (Sturgeon class). You had to go into the bridge trunk and remove a collar on the fairwater linkage.

  4. rt895 says:

    Yes, it was a lot of fun, but we didn’t spend much time on the surface and couldn’t get out on the sail planes like the old Snook class. Nuc subs dive as soon as they can for two reasons: so no one can find them but more importantly so no one can run them down….

    I’ll bet the scenery was a lot better at the top of a radio tower in Germany…

    That’s a Japanese diesel boat, note the twin exhaust plumes in the back.

    • Wirecutter says:

      I can’t tell the difference between nationalities of boats, much less the different classes.
      Most of what I saw from the top of a tower in Germany was darkness – damned old radios never had any problems in the daytime, it was always at night with a good stiff breeze blowing with a little sleet mixed in.

  5. bogsidebunny says:

    A big step up from the WW-II pig-boat days.

  6. Steve in ky says:

    Sonar SSN-753. Surface transit out of Kings Bay GA after emergency stop for a repair. I took 3 cigars up in the sale just before Sunset. Watched dolphins ride the bow wave over the top of the sonar dome. The sea was almost perfectly calm, pefect temp. I will never forget it.

  7. Klaus says:

    I was on a Sturgeon class fast attack boat back in the early 80s but never got to ride the sail like that.

  8. Old NFO says:

    In smooth seas, yes… Pitching and rolling, not so much… There wouldn’t be anybody out on the planes. :-)

    • rt895 says:

      I served on an LA-class fast attack and we had no access to the sailplanes at sea… No, heavy seas on a ship with no keel was not fun… The joys of days of 20+ degrees of movement in roll, pitch AND yaw until we could dive below the storm.

  9. Ping Jockey says:

    It is…

  10. orlin sellers says:

    A kick in the ass – depending which direction it’s headed.

  11. Bob Sykes says:

    Until she rolls.

  12. heyluis! says:

    Like my last girlfriend said to me, ” that’s a big one!

  13. Sarthurk says:

    After how? long underwater in a tightly cramped space with a nuclear reactor right next to you. Yeah!

  14. Tim Billings says:

    Been there, done that….yes, it is.

  15. RHT447 says:

    I’m just another old ground pounder, but it looks to me like they got that baby out of first gear. Yeah, I’d wear a safety line too.

  16. panamared says:

    Submarines Once! Submarines Twice!!, Holy Jumping……….!

  17. paulb says:

    That would be OK. but the 6 months inside would be hard to take.

  18. Andy says:

    Somebody must have farted.

  19. Rat Bastard says:

    When I was on the USS Parche (SSN 683) in the early 1980’s, I was the bridge lookout, and then for the Maneuvering Watch, I was the starboard fairwater plane lookout when we pulled into Bremerton, Washington. Awesome Day!

  20. Glenn says:

    Well, yes it was a in the ass kick ass. I was riding on the bridge though. This looks like Tullabee though. We’ve all been shaving her for years. Sigh.

  21. Rob says:

    That does look like fun!

  22. Everett Littlefield says:

    AS an Airedale type in the USN I always said that in an airplane you have two chances if something goes wrong with the bird up there, bail out or ride her to the ground/water. Both survivable events. In that pig boat? If blowing the ballast tanks don’t get you to the surface, your only option is to put your head between your knees and kiss your ass goodbye!

  23. Ping Jockey says:

    SSN-588 Sonarman… came out of Pearl headed to Wespac mid 70’s. Only me and the OD on the bridge. Just had started breaking the bridge down to dive when two Navy Skyhawks came barreling around the west end of Oahu. Got a free air show for about 20 minutes. They wiggled their wings on last pass and headed east. Gorgeous afternoon blue sky, seas a state 1, maybe 2 at the most. Beautiful…

  24. pignock says:

    I was on the bridge of the USS Michigan SSBN 727(Blue) with Mr. Ormson when we neared San Diego to drop off an admiral and pick up some groceries. It was our first day in the sun since the Panama Canal so I was pretty much letting the navigation radar do most of the lookout job. We were still many miles out when two F-14s buzzed us supersonic. I got my ass chewed for not spotting them but it was one of the coolest things I’ve ever experienced. They went right over us at about 200 feet with afterburners lit. The sound hit us about half a second later.

    The other cool thing you can do on a sub is an emergency blow from test depth.

  25. Roy says:

    Wow, a lot more boat sailors on here than I thought.

    I was a sonarman on old “41 for Freedom” boomers and one 637 attack boat – Flying Fish – all back during the 70’s.

    Yeah, riding the fairwater planes or the top of the sail was a rush, but once you buttoned up and dived the boat, it got old pretty quick.

    • Ed says:

      The Good Ol’ SSN-673 Flying Fish! I worked at PSNS and was assigned to the ’86-’88 overhaul Long time ago!

      Everything I worked on, except for nuc carriers and the Trident boats, has long been deactivated, and most of those are now razor blades. Deactivated the Kitty Hawk but it’s slated to leave soon, for disposal.

      We steamed the 673 in drydock, as I recall. That was a unique experience and I think the last one ever done like that. Cheers!

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