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OT - Wetting Down - Golden Shellback - 8/16/2010 10:33:56 PM   
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rumaging thru some old stuff this weekend and ran across this gem...my wetting down on the equator/international dateline lat/long, USS Carl Vinson, sometime in the mid 90's...after all the "fun" that day, everything i had on went overboard...




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RE: OT - Wetting Down - Golden Shellback - 8/16/2010 10:54:04 PM   
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The best part of this old Navy tradition comes when you are a Shellback and your division officer is a tadpole.

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RE: OT - Wetting Down - Golden Shellback - 8/16/2010 10:54:50 PM   
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The best part of this old Navy tradition comes when you are a Shellback and your division officer is a tadpole.


or pollywog? i wasn't a divO, so i got off lighter than some!

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RE: OT - Wetting Down - Golden Shellback - 8/16/2010 11:14:29 PM   
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The best part of this old Navy tradition comes when you are a Shellback and your division officer is a tadpole.


or pollywog? i wasn't a divO, so i got off lighter than some!


Yup. pollywog. See, memory is the second thing to go. First is, er, um....

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RE: OT - Wetting Down - Golden Shellback - 8/16/2010 11:36:31 PM   
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The best part of this old Navy tradition comes when you are a Shellback and your division officer is a tadpole.


or pollywog? i wasn't a divO, so i got off lighter than some!


Yup. pollywog. See, memory is the second thing to go. First is, er, um....


i hear you...i think...


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RE: OT - Wetting Down - Golden Shellback - 8/17/2010 12:09:14 AM   
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My Shellback certificate is from 1968, or maybe 67. Relatively sure it wasn't 1969.

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RE: OT - Wetting Down - Golden Shellback - 8/17/2010 12:34:21 AM   
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My Shellback certificate is from 1968, or maybe 67. Relatively sure it wasn't 1969.


wow...impressive...were you on wooden boats? (sorry, couldn't resist!)

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RE: OT - Wetting Down - Golden Shellback - 8/17/2010 1:12:26 AM   
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My Shellback certificate is from 1968, or maybe 67. Relatively sure it wasn't 1969.


wow...impressive...were you on wooden boats? (sorry, couldn't resist!)


No problem. It was a dugout wooden canoe - but a large one. Two oars and a helmsman. Also the grandmother of one of Large Slow Targets girls (I hope he doesn't mind...)






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RE: OT - Wetting Down - Golden Shellback - 8/17/2010 1:39:47 AM   
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How on earth did you manage as a P-3 type to get stuck on "the boat?". Let me guess, this was your detailers idea of a good deal "dissassociated tour"?

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RE: OT - Wetting Down - Golden Shellback - 8/17/2010 2:03:04 AM   
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RE: OT - Wetting Down - Golden Shellback - 8/17/2010 2:17:33 AM   
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I figured Don's ship was the USS Constitution

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RE: OT - Wetting Down - Golden Shellback - 8/17/2010 5:23:09 AM   
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My Shellback certificate is from 1968, or maybe 67. Relatively sure it wasn't 1969.


Mine is from 1989.

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RE: OT - Wetting Down - Golden Shellback - 8/17/2010 11:01:27 AM   
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It's too bad some of these traditions have been "tamed" in the interest of political correctness. Look at the CPO initiation. It used to mean something, a sort of rite of passage into the goat locker. Now it's just a shell of what it used to be.

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RE: OT - Wetting Down - Golden Shellback - 8/17/2010 11:38:29 AM   
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We were about 200 miles from the equator but the "Old Man" was concerned about having so many females on-board so we never crossed........

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RE: OT - Wetting Down - Golden Shellback - 8/17/2010 11:51:55 AM   
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I got my Crossing the Line certificate in 1980

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RE: OT - Wetting Down - Golden Shellback - 8/17/2010 12:48:08 PM   
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I figured Don's ship was the USS Constitution



What's wrong with that? Mine was!

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RE: OT - Wetting Down - Golden Shellback - 8/17/2010 12:50:24 PM   
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My Shellback certificate is from 1968, or maybe 67. Relatively sure it wasn't 1969.


Mine is from 1989.


I don't have one . WE got within 6 miles then turned back when the nav computer, RADAR, Radios and NAVIGATOR all failed (long story)..


But I have several dozen "bluenoses!". (no not brown noses, blue nose!).

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RE: OT - Wetting Down - Golden Shellback - 8/17/2010 12:51:21 PM   
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I got my Crossing the Line certificate in 1980



And I'll bet that on the Lat/Long space it's typed "classified".

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RE: OT - Wetting Down - Golden Shellback - 8/17/2010 1:07:32 PM   
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I got my Crossing the Line certificate in 1980



And I'll bet that on the Lat/Long space it's typed "classified".


No I was on the Galatea (F18) at the time working on the mortar section.

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RE: OT - Wetting Down - Golden Shellback - 8/17/2010 2:20:28 PM   
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We were about 200 miles from the equator but the "Old Man" was concerned about having so many females on-board so we never crossed........


Interesting. In the excellent 10-part, recent documentary "Carrier" (on Hulu, at least recently, for free. Highly recommended for those who want to see what the Current Navy is up to.) they devote nearly an entire episode to the Crossing on board the USS Nimitz. Hundreds of females involved, no earth-shattering problems. They seem to be as into it as the men.

I'm fine with initiations. I was in a fraternity in college which did not haze, but did exert some pressure on pledges. Some of my friends pledged frats which did haze, and I always wondered how getting pissed upon (literally) made you closer and more fraternal in future interactions. Same with military initiations. One can mark the transition without being degrading, or worse, dangerous.

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RE: OT - Wetting Down - Golden Shellback - 8/17/2010 2:23:45 PM   
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But I have several dozen "bluenoses!". (no not brown noses, blue nose!).


Trident backfit made the Bluenose obsolete for boomer sailors. Most Polaris/Poseidon era guys had it. We were in range of the target packages (more or less) sitting at the pier in Kings Bay. There's no award for mid-Atlantic tooling about.

I crossed the Equator heading to Diego Garcia, on duty, at 36,000 feet. Didn't count. Which my father, a Golden Shellback, Bluenose, and something else (Golden Imperial Dragon or somesuch) never lets me forget.

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RE: OT - Wetting Down - Golden Shellback - 8/17/2010 3:30:15 PM   
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But I have several dozen "bluenoses!".


What's that?

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RE: OT - Wetting Down - Golden Shellback - 8/17/2010 3:51:28 PM   
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But I have several dozen "bluenoses!".


What's that?


Royal order of the Bluenose is for arctic service. Spend some time in the Arctic circle and you qualify.

Royal order of the Brown-nose is for extensive staff or Pentagon service. I didn't qualify, I was only in the Pentagon two weeks before they asked me to leave.

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RE: OT - Wetting Down - Golden Shellback - 8/17/2010 4:17:37 PM   
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Probably qualified for the first one. Not the second.

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RE: OT - Wetting Down - Golden Shellback - 8/17/2010 4:49:11 PM   
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Thank god they never do that on merchant ships....

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RE: OT - Wetting Down - Golden Shellback - 8/17/2010 5:07:39 PM   
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I'd imagine it was tough enough to hold an innitiation on a submarine. In a P-3 it was very tough. I was usually the representative of Arturus Rex, so I had to come up with "inventive substitutes" . Painting the nose blue was the only standard. Everything else we had to "wing".

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RE: OT - Wetting Down - Golden Shellback - 8/17/2010 10:24:38 PM   
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My Shellback certificate is from 1968, or maybe 67. Relatively sure it wasn't 1969.


wow...impressive...were you on wooden boats? (sorry, couldn't resist!)


No problem. It was a dugout wooden canoe - but a large one. Two oars and a helmsman. Also the grandmother of one of Large Slow Targets girls (I hope he doesn't mind...)







wooden or not, i would take that over the CVN anytime!


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RE: OT - Wetting Down - Golden Shellback - 8/17/2010 10:33:09 PM   
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How on earth did you manage as a P-3 type to get stuck on "the boat?". Let me guess, this was your detailers idea of a good deal "dissassociated tour"?


it was quite common, actually, for P-3 pukes to do a carrier tour. the unlucky (or i guess lucky, depending on your point of view) guys were shooters...grimey, hard work, but very satisfiying and "earthy", for lack of a better term...i was in the combat center...always air conditioned (nice in the gulf) and kinda neat having finger on the trigger of the Sea Sparrows and CWIS and vectoring the CAP, but the watches were endless and (usually) boring, especially when transitting to/from deployments...i guess like most would say "i hated most every minute of it, and i wouldn't trade it for the world"...

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RE: OT - Wetting Down - Golden Shellback - 8/17/2010 10:35:35 PM   
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It's too bad some of these traditions have been "tamed" in the interest of political correctness. Look at the CPO initiation. It used to mean something, a sort of rite of passage into the goat locker. Now it's just a shell of what it used to be.

Chez


i agree, chez...although i was kinda glad the "special paddles" were outlawed for this particular wetting down! it might have had something to do with the captain of the carrier going thru the ceremony like the rest of us!

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RE: OT - Wetting Down - Golden Shellback - 8/17/2010 10:38:33 PM   
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We were about 200 miles from the equator but the "Old Man" was concerned about having so many females on-board so we never crossed........


THAT is a crying shame...

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