FLEASWTRACENPAC Fleet Anti-Submarine Warfare Training Center Pacific. We pronounced it Fleas W (double u) track en pack. Learn to operate sonar systems and related equipment such as various sensors from air-dropped sonobuoys to towed sonars and bow-mounted sonars and various fire-control systems that track, target and deploy a weapon against a submarine and then how to maintain and repair the damn stuff. 1970s and the Cold War was still ongoing and the USSR subs were a threat to naval forces as well as the homeland due to the ballistic missile subs. Had a run-in with a Russian Echo-2 sub but I can't say much more than that. Great fun, however. We called it "Playing fuck-fuck with the Russians." They played fuck-fuck back. However, both sides were civilized. The nuclear war never happened. I wish our stupid elite and corporate owned politicians and bureaucrats would try a little harder to get along with Russia today. Failure to do so could have extremely negative consequences!!!
Harrier vertical take-off/landing jet aircraft. Handy for Marines assaulting a foe. Clear a small area in the jungle and there's the landing point; no lengthy runway needed. Ship is an LPH, Landing Platform Helicopter. An amphibious assault ship. Carried many helicopters and these Harriers. A large number of troops could be carried along with their equipment and supplies to keep the troops fighting for a sustained period.
USS Sterett DLG-31/CG-31. Nomenclature changed in 1975. DLG= Destroyer Leader Guided. The "G" indicates the ship is equipped with guided missile armament. A "C" is a cruiser. These ships are bigger than a destroyer but smaller than a cruiser. I am thinking in old-time ways going back to World War Two. Gotta' go with the times and view war ships in a new manner.
USS Schofield DEG-3/FFG-3 Ship designation changed in July 1975. 3rd Division patch. We are the snake. Sub is USSR. Around 20 made. Unknown number remaining. DEG= Destroyer Escort Guided. FF = Fast Frigate. Same ship. New designation. Meh. Destroyer escorts typically have but one propulsive screw (propeller to landlubbers) while destroyers have 2 screws and are faster. The DE is cheaper and faster to build. Also more expendable. Our activities when overseas proved to us that we were considered the expendable ones. Creates a certain mind-set among the crew. Likely have to experience that to understand.
There's a horde of stories of events occurring in that town outside the Subic Bay Naval Station that are not to be found anywhere in places I have viewed; on the Web or in print media. It may be for the best that "What went on in Olongapo stays in Olongapo."
No jobs. High unemployment rates in California. Early 1990s. My home state is declining rapidly. The horrors of diversity and multiculturalism were obvious to the aware lower socioeconomic classes. Only job I could find was prancing in that HOT costume on the sidewalk in front of the A&W fast-food joint. 100-degree heat and 20-degrees hotter inside the furry suit. I WAS A PROFESSIONAL FURRY!!!
Some folks were surprised when the Civil War and other USA wars started. Many folks live lives with very limited horizons. Stumbling and bumbling through life as others set the stage for the lives those simpletons live. If you are here you are very likely one of the minority, the aware folks fed up with tyrants and super-rich elite-class member using the government and corporate entities to control much to all your life. The ongoing events harming the USA and ALL Western countries are incredibly complex and that assists the tyrants with their efforts of forcing their New World Order (NWO) upon the entirety of a Western civilization those evil, vile elites seek to destroy and convert to their own fiefdom where they have total control using well-paid lackeys, minions and cohorts to do their dirty work while the New Royalty live lives of luxury. A Ne Dark Age arrives for the masses when the NWO takes control. How can we fight the immense, awesome power of that elite class, their corporate system and the governmental systems that are in an unholy alliance with?
Dry dock. Long Beach, California. Base closed down awhile back. Bulbous sonar dome seen in front. Go to the floor of the dry dock and walk under the ship and stare in awe at how damn big it is. Yet we were among the smallest of mainline warships that could go to sea solo and confront a foe.
Anti-submarine rocket ASROC. Rocket motor with anti-submarine torpedo attached to the front. Launcher held eight of these. The launcher is now old school. Schofield is not rusting in peace on the floor of the Mighty Pacific Ocean after being used for target practice and weapons testing. Glub.
Wheeeeeeee. That funny feeling in the belly when some elevators start or stop? Multiply a hundred times or more. Roll side-to-side. Up and down vertically. During a typhoon we were going up 25-feet within a few seconds, pause, then down to level then down more another 25-feet. Repeat endlessly. Climbing the ships ladders to go from deck to deck when the ship lurched upwards during violent storms our body weight would increase enough that taking a step upwards was difficult. When descending a ladder when the ship lurched down we were so light it felt near weightless and we would slide easily using the hand rails. Then upward and the weight pulled us down. Hour after hour. 90% of the crew sea sick. HAH!!!!! Convince yourself mentally that this was too much fun and exciting to get sick over. It worked!!!
Refueling the ships ASW (anti-sub-helicopter. LAMPS Light Airborne Multi-purpose system. Detect and attack sub with anti-sub torpedoes. Same type we delivers with ASROC (anti-sub rocket) or over the side with the torpedo tubes. The helo could do other tasks, also.
Our ship took up a blocking position to prevent reinforcement from the Cambodia mainland. All the scary stuff was a few miles away. We heard the horrors over the tactical radio net. Our ship's corpsman was heloed over to assist with the wounded. I am sure there were others aboard akin to me hungering to be handed the M-14 rifle or M-60 machine gun and go help rescue those Marines being bashed by the Khmer Rouge ashore. Extremely frustrating. An officer stated that the blocker who kept the tackler away from the guy carrying the ball to the touchdown was vital so just accept it. That helped. A little. Seldom mentioned are the three Marines left behind who were captured and the horrors they endured before being executed. In the words of some cohorts . . . a royal clusterfuck.
Olongapo, Philippines. Huge number of bars. After the 'Nam Evacuation half or more of the 7th-Fleet was present. Two aircraft carriers and many other smaller ships. I had shore patrol that night. The base gate lost count after 12,000 or so sailors and Marines headed for the fun. Crazy night that was surprisingly peaceful. The bar owners were happy.
How a squid lives aboard ship. That is a "rack" not a "bunk." Locker underneath bed part where clothes and personal items are stored. Upright lockers for dress uniform, pea coat, etc. Our berthing compartment on the DEG had 28 squids within. We were lucky. Some held 80 or 90. One table that would allow 4 folks to play a card game comfortable. Six if we crowd around.