From: Chehalis, WA
My favorite is from the black and white movie, "The Bedford Incident." Richard Widmark plays Captain Finlander, CO of the USS Bedford.
Wally Cox plays the sonar operator.
James MacArthur (Danno from Hawaii 5-0) plays Ensign Ralston who is the OOD. Captain Finlander dislikes him intensely and rides him mercilessly for even trivial mistakes. The captain has just finished reaming Ralston a new one and Ralston is coming apart at the seams.
They have been tracking a Soviet diesel submarine near Greenland for several days and Capt Finlander wants to force it to the surface. They have just rammed it with a glancing blow as the sub snorkled and are now waiting for its reaction. The ship is at general quarters.
Sidney Poitier plays a reporter named Munson who is at direct odds with Finlander's overly aggressive moves and fears Finlander will start a war with his actions. They are on the bridge engaged in a heated argument.
My favorite lines are this exchange that follows:
Munson: "And what will you do, Captain, if he shoots?!"
Finlander: "If he fires one, I'll fire one!!!"
Ralston: "FIRE ONE!" and launches an ASROC at the sub.
The ASROC hits the sub and everybody is in disbelief for a few seconds then the sonar operator calls out, "Torpedoes inbound!!!"
The final scene shows a mushroom cloud forming over the ocean.
Ret Navy AWCS (1972-1998)
VP-5, Jacksonville, Fl 1973-78
ASW Ops Center, Rota, Spain 1978-81
VP-40, Mt View, Ca 1981-87
Patrol Wing 10, Mt View, CA 1987-90
ASW Ops Center, Adak, Ak 1990-92
NRD Seattle 1992-96
VP-46, Whidbey Isl, Wa 1996-98