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TheElf -> Hi From Abe (3/19/2012 8:05:45 PM)

I thought you all would be interested to hear that I am typing this from the USS Abraham Lincoln, somewhere in the Arabian Gulf. The last night recovery is in process. Hornets and Super Hornets are smacking the deck rigth over my head as I watch The latest Pirates of the Carribean movie on the ship's TV. I will be feet dry in a day or so but am enjoying being back in the fleet if only for a couple nights.

~Elf




Terminus -> RE: Hi From Abe (3/19/2012 8:07:11 PM)

[8D]




Chickenboy -> RE: Hi From Abe (3/19/2012 8:07:13 PM)

Hi back, TheElf. Always good to see you on the forums.




USSAmerica -> RE: Hi From Abe (3/19/2012 8:14:56 PM)

Things have changed just a bit since my days on CV-66. We didn't have email, we had to number our letters so the recipient could tell if they arrived weeks later out of order. [:D]

Snail mail aside, I did enjoy my time at sea to a great extent. [8D]




witpqs -> RE: Hi From Abe (3/19/2012 8:17:11 PM)

[&o]




Sardaukar -> RE: Hi From Abe (3/19/2012 8:26:06 PM)

Nice! [8D]




nashvillen -> RE: Hi From Abe (3/19/2012 8:27:09 PM)

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Elf - Thank you and your other military comrades for what you do for our country!




CT Grognard -> RE: Hi From Abe (3/19/2012 8:35:48 PM)

I have it on good authority that your Taliban opponents have on a number of occasions complained that the RL Air Model (TM) is BORKED!

They claim that there is no way that American aircraft can be that accurate in delivering strike packages.

What do you say to these allegations?

[8|]




mdiehl -> RE: Hi From Abe (3/19/2012 8:42:29 PM)

Obviously the USN IRL aren't designed by Matrix Games.




LoBaron -> RE: Hi From Abe (3/19/2012 9:18:40 PM)

Best of luck Iain!




Bullwinkle58 -> RE: Hi From Abe (3/19/2012 10:25:55 PM)


quote:

ORIGINAL: TheElf

I thought you all would be interested to hear that I am typing this from the USS Abraham Lincoln, somewhere in the Arabian Gulf. The last night recovery is in process. Hornets and Super Hornets are smacking the deck rigth over my head as I watch The latest Pirates of the Carribean movie on the ship's TV. I will be feet dry in a day or so but am enjoying being back in the fleet if only for a couple nights.

~Elf


Staff puke!!!!! [:)]




Bullwinkle58 -> RE: Hi From Abe (3/19/2012 10:29:05 PM)


quote:

ORIGINAL: USS America

Things have changed just a bit since my days on CV-66. We didn't have email, we had to number our letters so the recipient could tell if they arrived weeks later out of order. [:D]

Snail mail aside, I did enjoy my time at sea to a great extent. [8D]


Mail? What's that? Looxury!! [:'(]

We got 40 words, six times a patrol, if the Blue crew radiomen were sober enough to type. And two of them had to be the sender's name.

Although it was amazing how dirty some Navy wives could be in 38 words when anything overt got edited out by the Blue crew CO before the 'grams went to squadron for transmission.




John 3rd -> RE: Hi From Abe (3/20/2012 12:00:14 AM)

Good Thoughts to you and the Abe!




PaxMondo -> RE: Hi From Abe (3/20/2012 12:21:38 AM)


quote:

ORIGINAL: USS America

... We didn't have email, we had to number our letters so the recipient could tell if they arrived weeks later out of order. [:D]

Yep. I got to use the telex once in a while, but mostly just surface mail.




ny59giants_MatrixForum -> RE: Hi From Abe (3/20/2012 1:23:59 AM)

We had a ham radio on board to help out at time.
FF-1079 Bowen (81 -83)




Commander Stormwolf -> RE: Hi From Abe (3/20/2012 1:33:38 AM)

quote:

I thought you all would be interested to hear that I am typing this from the USS Abraham Lincoln


Happy the fleet is out there

but.. i hope they don't repeat what happpened to USS Liberty [:(]





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mdiehl -> RE: Hi From Abe (3/20/2012 4:21:50 AM)

Things that make you say "hmmm." Yer post, if technically accurate, is kind of inyaface and OT, doncha think, Commander?




UniformYankee -> RE: Hi From Abe (3/20/2012 4:24:16 AM)

A "merchant ship" took some hits ... a rather different scenario than the "fleet" in the Persian Gulf ... but time will tell ... [:)]




mdiehl -> RE: Hi From Abe (3/20/2012 4:39:14 AM)

Yep.




crsutton -> RE: Hi From Abe (3/20/2012 5:05:22 AM)


quote:

ORIGINAL: ny59giants

We had a ham radio on board to help out at time.
FF-1079 Bowen (81 -83)



Well in my day, we just scratched a greeting out on any old wooden plank and then tied it to a sperm whale in the hopes it would head in the right direction. [X(]

Actually, what I would not give to spend 48 hours on a modern carrier. That is as long as they don't turn me to with a hurdy gurdy to chip paint. Have a good voyage.




JWE -> RE: Hi From Abe (3/20/2012 8:13:56 PM)

quote:

ORIGINAL: TheElf
I thought you all would be interested to hear that I am typing this from the USS Abraham Lincoln, somewhere in the Arabian Gulf. The last night recovery is in process. Hornets and Super Hornets are smacking the deck rigth over my head as I watch The latest Pirates of the Carribean movie on the ship's TV. I will be feet dry in a day or so but am enjoying being back in the fleet if only for a couple nights.

~Elf

Howdy Elf. Never been on a ship named for Abraham. Closest I ever got was a Mull 44 named Promised Land. Fast boat, but did you ever try to do a Bris when it's blowing 26 knots (true) and the skipper wants to crack-off and put up the reaching kite? Woof !!
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Know what you mean about hornets smacking the deck overhead. For some strange reason, David always cooks and I always put him on the B watch. He always cooks something up for dinner with lots beans and chipotle chilies, and when I'm off-watch trying to get some shuteye, he lets out these thunder farts that vibrate the whole deck (probably 'cause he snores as well as farts in his sleep, and it does get a trifle close below decks in a race boat, so I banished him to B watch).

Yeah, being on boats is way cool. But getting feet dry every now and again is good.

Spring is here and everybody is up in the air with their experimentals. Was bike riding with a friend out by Summerdale and we got a sweet ride in a Stearman from a very friendly Ensign. P'cola is still the same place. So come see an old man, sometime.[:)]

Stay safe Bro. John




BigBadWolf -> RE: Hi From Abe (3/20/2012 8:27:44 PM)


quote:

ORIGINAL: crsutton



Actually, what I would not give to spend 48 hours on a modern carrier.


This. Kid in a candy store? Yea, right...




Mac Linehan -> RE: Hi From Abe (3/20/2012 8:33:37 PM)

Elf -

You are always missed when gone. I do hope that you get some serious filight time - cause that's what you live for, Sir!


Be safe - God is your Co-pilot

Mac




pmelheck1 -> RE: Hi From Abe (3/20/2012 8:44:18 PM)

Enjoy your time on the Abe. Closest This Air Force Person got was a couple of days on the Midway during the Philippines evacuation. Much tighter spaces than Clark AFB.




Dixie -> RE: Hi From Abe (3/20/2012 8:51:16 PM)


quote:

ORIGINAL: TheElf

I thought you all would be interested to hear that I am typing this from the USS Abraham Lincoln, somewhere in the Arabian Gulf. The last night recovery is in process. Hornets and Super Hornets are smacking the deck rigth over my head as I watch The latest Pirates of the Carribean movie on the ship's TV. I will be feet dry in a day or so but am enjoying being back in the fleet if only for a couple nights.

~Elf


Hope you're having fun mate, my Dad was on the phone from that neck of the woods a couple of days ago. He said he watched you (not you personally but the ship) leave port whilst he was off duty and they were tied up alongside.




Mac Linehan -> RE: Hi From Abe (3/20/2012 9:02:34 PM)

ny59giants -

You gotta be kidding. Two members of this forum who were shipmates - I served on USS Bowen 1980 - 1981 as a GMG2, serving the 5/54 cal Mk 42 Mod 9 mount forward (ok - it's the only mount and kind of big... <grin>). Eddy (SuluSea) served on the USS Capadanno FF-1093 the 1980's; I served on Capadanno in 1977 - 1978, right out of gunnery school in Great Lakes. I am going to have to check my notes and make sure I have the dates right.

I loved gunnery exercises, and loved being inside the mount - watching the two ammunition cradles cycle the semi fixed ammunition (on an alternating basis) to the transfer trays, which in turn rotated and opened to allow ramming powder and projectile into the breach. Massive pieces of machinery, working in awesome harmony until "cease fire" Then it was "bore clear, no casualties, five rounds expended".

My first ship was the USS Midway, CVA 41, Dec 1971. Midway was armed with the 5/54 MK 39, the manually loaded big brother to the 5/38. As a newb Seaman Apprentice, I was "hot caseman" - supposedly there to catch the ejected powder cartridge and drop it thru the bottom eject doors (or so I was told by my jokester shipmates). Equipped with two over sized asbestos gloves that came up to my elbows, with my bell bottom trousers tucked into my socks (all in approved Condition 1 fashion) and feeling excited and READY, I was totally unprepared for the sheer force and violence with which the powder cartridge hit the rear of the armored splinter shield, leaving a dent in the very hard rubber backing; and thusly suffered a consequent drop in testosterone level. Mom did not raise a fool, after that instance of enlightenment, my main purpose in life was to dance around to avoid having my 120 pound body smeared across the back of the mount by a demonized powder can, while the mount was erratically following the amplidyne signal.

Ok - I digress and am (of course) carried away.

Take care, Shipmates. Till Later...

Mac

USN Sept 1971 - Sept 1981, a four month break, then USMC Jan 1981 - Oct 1992. There is no better finishing school for life..

P.S. - no spell check on my wife's computer, or at least where I can see it, so please forgive any and all mistakes...





KMCCARTHY -> RE: Hi From Abe (3/20/2012 11:02:23 PM)

Take care!




Kwik E Mart -> RE: Hi From Abe (3/20/2012 11:03:41 PM)


quote:

ORIGINAL: TheElf

I thought you all would be interested to hear that I am typing this from the USS Abraham Lincoln, somewhere in the Arabian Gulf. The last night recovery is in process. Hornets and Super Hornets are smacking the deck rigth over my head as I watch The latest Pirates of the Carribean movie on the ship's TV. I will be feet dry in a day or so but am enjoying being back in the fleet if only for a couple nights.

~Elf


...nothing like standing watch in the CIC (USS Carl Vinson) at the end of flight OP's and watching the closed circuit TV as one of these beasts boltered...if the tailhook had managed to snag a wire before the bolter, you had about a second to cover your ears before the d*mn wire smacked the steel deck...like putting an iron bucket on your head and hitting it with a hammer...it was better being in my stateroom up forward and hearing the catapult rumble down the deck overhead before slamming into the water break...the stateroom walls made such a soothing vibrating sound...




morganbj -> RE: Hi From Abe (3/21/2012 3:21:21 PM)

Ah, the memories, ... sitting in my tank in the rain and snow mix, shivering, without a shower for three weeks, eating cold C-rations three times a day, and for entertainment listening to the squadron S-3 drone on and on over the radio like a politician during election season. What a life. You swabies have no sense of what fun is. [8|]




Bullwinkle58 -> RE: Hi From Abe (3/21/2012 7:03:05 PM)


quote:

ORIGINAL: bjmorgan

Ah, the memories, ... sitting in my tank in the rain and snow mix, shivering, without a shower for three weeks, eating cold C-rations three times a day, and for entertainment listening to the squadron S-3 drone on and on over the radio like a politician during election season. What a life. You swabies have no sense of what fun is. [8|]


From the great, old Usenet newsgroup sci.military.naval (now fallen on hard itmes), I recalled this classic re-write of a famous Monty Python sketch. Blackbeard was a regular contributor, an ex-bubblehead from Cold War SSN days, and Random was, I think, an ex-birdfarm officer, non-flying type. The war between submariners and skimmer pukes is neverending.

Anyway, it makes ME laugh.


Begin Quote-------

Blackbeard: Ahh . . . Very passable, this, very passable.

Random: Nothing like a good glass of Chateau de Chassilier wine, aye
Blackbeard?

Blackbeard: You're right there, Random.

Random: Who'd a thought thirty years ago we'd all be sittin' here
drinking Chateau de Chassilier wine?

Blackbeard: Aye. In them days, we'd a' been glad to have the price of a
cup o' coffee.

Random: A cup o' COLD coffee.

Blackbeard: Without milk or sugar.

Random: OR coffee!

Blackbeard: In a filthy, cracked mug.

Random: We never used to have a mug. We used to have to drink out of a
rolled up newspaper.

Blackbeard: The best WE could manage was to suck on a piece of damp
cloth.

Random: But you know, we were happy in those days, though we were poor.

Blackbeard: Aye. BECAUSE we were poor. My old COB used to say to me,
'Money doesn't buy you happiness.'

Random: 'E was right. I was happier then and I had NOTHIN'. We used to
sail in this tiiiny old minesweeper, with greaaaaat big holes in the hull.

Blackbeard: Minesweeper? You were lucky to have a Minesweeper! We used
to berth in one compartment, all hundred and twenty-six of us, no racks. Half the deck was
missing; we were all huddled together in one corner for fear of FALLING!

Random: You were lucky to have a compartment! *We* used to have to berth
in a passageway!

Blackbeard: Ohhhh we used to DREAM of berthin' in a passageway! Woulda'
been a palace to us. We used to rack out in an old sanitary tank. We got woken
up every morning by having a load from the head dumped all over us!
Passageway!? Hmph.

Random: Well when I say 'passageway' it was only a hole in the deck
covered by a piece of tarpaulin, but it was a passageway to US.

Blackbeard: We were evicted from *our* hole in the deck; we had to go
rack out topside on a submarine!

Random: You were lucky to be topside! There were a hundred and sixty of
us living in a small shoebox next to the keel.

Blackbeard: Cardboard box?

Random: Aye.

Blackbeard: You were lucky. We lived for three months in a used condom
in a septic tank. We used to have to get up at six o'clock in the morning,
field day the rubber, eat a crust of stale bread, go to work in the bilge for fourteen hours a
day week in-week out. When we got off watch, our COB would thrash us to sleep with
his belt!

Random: Luxury. We used to have to get out of the shoebox at three
o'clock in the morning, field day the bilge, eat a handful of hot gravel, go to work at
the boiler every day for $.02 a month, and CHENG would beat us around the head and neck
with a broken bottle, if we were LUCKY!

Blackbeard: Well we had it tough. We used to have to get up from topside
at twelve o'clock at night, and LICK the bilge clean with our tongues.
We had half a handful of freezing cold gravel, worked twenty-four hours a day at
the boiler for $.04 every six years, and when we got home, our COB would slice
us in two with a bosun's knife.

Random: Right. I had to get up in the morning at twenty-two-hundred-
hours, half an hour before I went to bed, (pause for laughter), drink a cup of
sulphuric acid, work twenty-nine hours a day below decks, and pay the Navy for
permission to come to work, and when we got done each day, our XO and CHENG would kill
us, and dance about on our corpses singing 'Hallelujah.'

Blackbeard: But you try and tell the young people today that... and they
won't believe ya'.

Random: Nope, nope..

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