Sea Stories

Personal stories from my active-duty days. Some names may have been changed to protect the embarrassed.

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Sea story: the Admiral Rickover interview
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Sea story: the Admiral Rickover interview

Wow. Over six months since the last sea story? Unsat. Here we go: In late 1981, one of the new SECNAV's first acts was to persuade SECDEF and the President that it was time for Admiral Rickover to enjoy his military retirement. Over 80 years old, the Admiral had been on active duty for 63 years. He had also ...

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Sea story: Titanium toilet valves
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Sea story: Titanium toilet valves

    It's hard to believe that it's been weeks since the last sea story, but our daughter just finished a month on the USS LOUISIANA for her Navy ROTC summer training.  She was at sea for all 30 days, qualified to stand a sonar watch, ran a lot of drills, earned herself a deterrent patrol pin, and is pretty ...

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Sea story: “Swim call!”
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Sea story: “Swim call!”

Here's a frivolous topic for Thursday morning before the weekend. A few weeks ago a shipmate asked a seemingly innocuous question: Are there any rules or guidance on having a swim call on a sub? Can the CO take a swim? The Corpsman? Submarines on local operations or doing exercises on weapons ranges occasionally have ...

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Sea story: Simulate submarine life at home
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Sea story: Simulate submarine life at home

This is a long, long list of how to simulate submarine life at home. These lists have been floating around for decades, perhaps even since World War II. They're always anonymous, and they used to be passed around by hand after being printed on a poorly-maintained mimeograph machine. Today we share them by e-mail and ...

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Sea story:  The trouble with toilet paper
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Sea story: The trouble with toilet paper

When a ballistic missile submarine goes to sea to remain underwater & undetected for 90 days, they mean it. You can't just pop up offshore from the Ocean City 7-11, send in a Zodiac, and buy a few rolls of toilet paper to tide you over. Some truly paranoid submariners (with sea stories of their own) would even ...

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