It takes your own web site...
to think that anybody is interested in your thoughts and ideas. Those of you who know me, know that I have both. So I have created this eclectic page to explore, entertain, editorialize, enlighten, embellish, expose, educate, enchant, expound, encourage, endorse, examine, enliven, exasperate, enrage, exhilarate, enrich, entangle, explain, enthuse, extol, eulogize, evoke, exalt, excite, exhort, express, and embarrass anyone foolish enough to read it.
Who could ask for anything more?
I first read this article by the noted psychologist, Dr. Joyce Brothers, about 25 years ago and posted it on Stan's Stuff in 2007. Dr. Brothers passed away May 13, 2013 at the age of 85, and Brent Taylor, my XO on Chivo 68-70, brought the article to my attention again. It was true then and is still true now. Here's a nice link to the article in a pretty format: A Submariner or the same basic text is below.
by Dr. Joyce Brothers
Navy Hymn for Submariners
Robert Machen (68-69) sent me this special link for submariners. I think that you'll really enjoy it.
Thanks to Bob Machen for these fine memories.
Stan (April 2013)
Submarine Memorial Plaque
Doug Johnson (70-71) sent me this USSVI press realease:
Thanks to Doug Johnson for this important information.
Stan (October 2012)
USS Clamagore (SS - 343)
Don Morris (63-66) sent me this request to post information about the USS Clamagore in Charleston.
Thanks to Don Morris for this important link.
Stan (July 2012)
Women On Submarines? - Here's The Answer
Doug Johnson (68-71) forwarded this Washington Times newspaper article to me about women in submarines.
The Washington Times
Woman Qualifies For Submarines
A naval supply officer from Wisconsin has become the first woman to serve on a Navy submarine and earn her "dolphins pin," which denotes her qualifications to work aboard subs.
"I was honored to be given the opportunity to serve aboard a submarine, so receiving my dolphins is like icing on the cake for me," Lt. Britta Christianson, 30, said in a statement.
Lt. Christianson was awarded her pin during a ceremony Friday at the Puget Sound Naval Shipyard in Washington state, where she is stationed on the USS Ohio. She spent more than a year in training, which included a six-month deployment on the sub.
"She was required to demonstrate knowledge in basic submarine operations, engineering fundamentals, perform damage control functions and qualify as a diving officer of the watch," said Lt. Ed Early, spokesman for Submarine Group 9, the unit to which Lt. Christianson was assigned.
Other women previously have earned dolphins pins, which displays the Navy’s submarine warfare insignia, but Lt. Christianson is the first to do so after having served on a sub. She is one of the first 24 women selected to take part in submarine officer training after the Navy reversed its ban on women on submarines in 2010 – a decision that stoked controversy over women serving 90-day deployments with men in the confined spaces of a sub.
Lt. Christianson was one of seven female supply officers in the program. The other 17 women are training as line officers, or submarine warfare officers. To become warfare officers, they must complete six months of nuclear power school and six months in a nuclear power training unit in addition to basic submarine officer school. They will earn their dolphins pins in January.
The submarine warfare insignia is one of the Navy’s three major warfare designators, along with the aviator "wings" pin and the surface warfare badge.
In the training program, the 24 women were deployed last fall to four of the Navy’s largest submarines – its Ohio-class ballistic-missile and guided-missile vessels. Six women were assigned to each submarine, three on each of the sub’s two crews.
"It was a lot of hard work. But at the end of the day, two things bring us and our submarine home safely: knowledge of the submarine and our ability to execute the mission, and that basically sums up what dolphins are all about, Lt. Christianson said. "I owe a lot of my thanks to my captain, chiefs and crewmembers, who trained me and helped me to learn my boat, added the lieutenant, who is also the first woman to qualify as diving officer of the watch, responsible for driving the sub.
The Ohio-class submarines were chosen for the program due to their larger size in comparison to other vessels, which allows them to better accommodate new berthing and bathroom arrangements. On the subs, the women have separate sleeping quarters from the men, sharing one of the ship’s five officer staterooms. Bathrooms, which contain urinals and toilets, are shared by men and women, but display a sign outside indicating if a man or woman is inside.
"We’re continuing with our plan to integrate the female officers on the Ohio-class submarine first, and future integration of female officers and crew members aboard attack submarines is being considered at the moment, and we plan to study the design capability required to make that happen," Lt. Early said.
Thanks to Doug Johnson for this informative and thought provoking article.
Stan (June 2012)
Tour A WWII Submarine
Art Dunn (69-71) sent me this link for an excellent online tour of a Fleet Submarine.
This is a great tour of USS PAMPANITO (SS-383) on display at the San Francisco National Maritime Park. The link is below, and once you have it up you can rotate the view of every compartment to see it 360 degrees. Hold left mouse key down and drag to the left, right, up, or down. And then scroll down and click on next page to change rooms. To start, click on this link:
Thanks to Art Dunn for this great link.
Stan (May 2012)
Memories of Key West and Other Places
Daniel Chun (65-66) sent me these fine pictures of diesel boats.
Thanks to Daniel Chun for these fine memories.
Stan (April 2012)
U.S. Navy Needs Diesel Submarines
James DaFoe (69-71), Chivo's last CO, forwarded this article from the Defense News. He added that he had opened his mouth on this subject in the 80's while at the Pentagon and was thrown out of the room and told to shutup by the top Submarine brass.
U.S. Navy Needs Diesel Submarines
The U.S. Navy faces a fundamental dilemma: It needs more submarines, but the overall defense budget required to build those submarines is headed south. How should it square this circle?
The answer is that the Navy should procure a fleet of diesel-powered subs. Not only are diesels cheaper than nuclear-powered subs, but they have the advantage of being better platforms for many of the tasks the Navy faces today.
The demand for attack submarines is both quantitative and qualitative. Over the past two decades, for example, China has added more than 40 new submarines. Although they are not equivalent to ours, they still need to be tracked - and that takes numbers. Meanwhile, the list of actual and potential submarine missions, including close-in intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance, special operations, and blockade and mining, continues to grow.
These growing operational demands are coupled with the exigencies of new undersea requirements. In addition to the deep-sea dives and prolonged blue-water missions that became the staple of submarine operations during the Cold War, there are a number of scenarios today that are focused on the littoral areas, the green water within 100 miles of land, be they in the strait of Hormuz or Malacca, off the shores of Taiwan or in the South China Sea.
It is these missions that often favor diesel submarines. Diesel subs are smaller, stealthier and more maneuverable in tight spaces than nuclear submarines. For example, unlike a nuclear submarine's power plant, a diesel's primary engine can be turned off when submerged, reducing noise emission. Indeed, unlike a nuclear-powered submarine, a modern diesel can hide on the ocean's floor, deadly silent, while monitoring whatever passes over and around it.
And with the advent of Air Independent Propulsion (AIP) technology, today's diesel subs can remain submerged for weeks at a time. When deployed to bases in the Far East or Middle East, the range and reach of today's AIP-equipped diesels would put them well within striking distance of critical choke points.
And, using the recent sale price of Germany's Type 212 subs to Turkey as a point of reference - approximately $500 million versus the $2 billion for a Virginia-class nuclear attack submarine - the Navy would be able to ramp up submarine production without breaking the bank.
The U.S. Navy is not ignorant of the advantages of diesel subs. Time and again, American naval crews have struggled to detect their diesel-electric "foes" at sea. Over the past two years, for example, Peruvian and Chilean diesels have made life extremely tough for the U.S. in naval exercises.
Nor is this new; in a joint training exercise in 2005, a Swedish AIP-outfitted Götland-class sub scored a "strike" on the carrier Ronald Reagan. And, most famously, in 2006 a Chinese Song-class diesel submarine surfaced undetected within striking distance of the carrier Kitty Hawk off Japanese waters.
Building diesel submarines in the U.S. has other advantages as well. There is a growing global market for diesel submarines among allies and partners and it's work U.S. shipyards certainly could use. In addition, having diesels in the fleet provides an in-house training tool for anti-submarine warfare efforts against other nations' diesels. It is useful to remember that Russia and China have successfully incorporated both diesel and nuclear submarines into their force structure.
Of course, the U.S. Navy has been dead set against building anything but nuclear-powered submarines for a half-century now. Indeed, one reason the offer of a sale of eight diesel submarines to Taiwan made by President George W. Bush in 2001 has never gotten off the ground is because the Navy brass has feared that any diesel construction in the U.S., even if strictly for foreign sales, might open the door to Congress asking, "Why not for our own fleet?"
In addition to the decades-old, Rickover-induced inertia, the new excuse for not building diesels is the claim that the missions that diesels might usefully perform can be handled with unmanned underwater vehicles (UUVs). nbsp; Why build a new class of submarine when UUVs attached to nuclear submarines can carry out those tasks?
But while UUVs are a promising idea, "promising" is the key here. Significant questions pertaining to speed, payload, sensors and communication remain.
In what was billed as Defense Secretary Robert Gates' valedictory policy speech at the American Enterprise Institute on May 24, he noted that "more and more money is consumed by fewer and fewer platforms," and that, in the future, the department's "guiding principle … must be to develop technology and field weapons that are affordable, versatile, and relevant to the most likely and lethal threats in the decades to come."
That's a spot-on assessment as to why the U.S. Navy needs diesel submarines.
Gary Schmitt, director of the advanced strategic studies program at the American Enterprise Institute (AEI), and Richard Cleary, research assistant for the AEI's Program on Advanced Strategic Studies.
Thanks to Capt DaFoe for this thought provoking editorial.
Stan (March 2012)
Reflections on Military Service
Jerrell Wright (57-58) forwarded this newspaper editorial to me.
Charleston, SC Post & Courier
YOU CAN LEAVE THE MILITARY
Occasionally, I venture back to NAS, Meridian, where I'm greeted by an imposing security guard who looks carefully at my identification card, hands it back and says, "Have a good day, Sr. Chief".
Every time I go back to any Navy Base it feels good to be called by my previous rank, but odd to be in civilian clothes, walking among the servicemen and servicewomen going about their duties as I once did, many years ago.
The military is a comfort zone for anyone who has ever worn the uniform. It's a place where you know the rules and know they are enforced -- a place where everybody is busy, but not too busy to take care of business. Because there exists behind the gates of every military facility an institutional understanding of respect, order, uniformity, accountability and dedication that becomes part of your marrow and never, ever leaves you.
Personally, I miss the fact that you always knew where you stood in the military, and who you were dealing with. That's because you could read somebody's uniform from 20 feet away and know the score. Service personnel wear their careers on their sleeves, so to speak. When you approach each other, you can read their name tag, examine their rank and, if they are in dress uniform, read their ribbons and know where they've served.
I miss all those little things you take for granted when you're in the ranks, like breaking starch on a set of fatigues fresh from the laundry and standing in a perfectly straight line military formation that looks like a mirror as it stretches to the endless horizon. I miss the sight of troops marching in the early morning mist, the sound of boot heels thumping in unison on the tarmac, the bark of drill instructors and the sing-song answers from the squads as they pass by in review.
To romanticize military service is to be far removed from its reality, because it's very serious business -- especially in times of war.
But I miss the salutes I'd throw at officers and the crisp returns as we criss-crossed with a "by your leave sir". I miss the smell of jet fuel hanging heavily on the night air and the sound of engines roaring down runways and disappearing into the clouds. The same while on carrier duty. I even miss the hurry-up-and-wait mentality that enlisted men gripe about constantly, a masterful invention that bonded people more than they'll ever know or admit.
I miss people taking off their hats when they enter a building, speaking directly and clearly to others and never showing disrespect for rank, race, religion or gender.
Mostly, I miss being a small cog in a machine so complex it constantly circumnavigates the Earth and so simple it feeds everyone on time, three times a day, on the ground, in the air or at sea.
Mostly, I don't know anyone who has served who regrets it, and doesn't feel a sense of pride when they pass through those gates and re-enter the world they left behind with their youth.
Thanks to Jerrell Wright for this nice article.
Stan (February 2012)
An Interesting Perspective on Command at Sea
Fred "Russ" Stafford (49-51) and Kato Lee Davenport (57-58) both forwarded this newspaper editorial to me about the responsibilities of command and the problems of having women on ships at sea. It's thought provoking and a good read, by my ears really picked up when they mentioned the size of today's Navy.
Charleston, SC Courier & Post
The prestige, privilege and
burden of command at sea
"Only a seaman realizes to what great extent an entire ship reflects the personality and ability of one individual, her Commanding Officer. To a landsman this is not understandable and sometimes it is even difficult for us to understand. But it is so!
A ship at sea is a distinct world in herself and in consideration of the protracted and distant operations of fleet units the Navy must place great power, responsibility and trust in the hands of those leaders chosen for command.
In each ship there is one man who, in the hour of emergency or peril at sea, can turn to no other man. There is one who ultimately is responsible for the safe navigation, engineering performance, accurate gunfire, and morale of his ship. He is the Commanding Officer. He is the ship.
This is the most difficult and demanding assignment in the Navy. There is not an instant during his tour as Commanding Officer that he can escape the grasp of command responsibility. His privileges in view of his obligations are almost ludicrously small; nevertheless Command is the spur that has given the Navy its great leaders.
It is a duty that most richly deserves the highest, time-honored title of the seafaring world … CAPTAIN."
— Joseph Conrad
The recent firing of the commanding officer of the USS Enterprise, a nuclear powered aircraft carrier, by chance coincided with publication in the January issue of the U.S. Naval Institute Proceedings of an article titled 'How Are the Mighty Fallen.' The article was authored by retired Navy Capt. Kevin Eyer, an officer with extensive command experience. In it he notes that as of midyear 2010 (when the article was written), 15 Navy commanding officers, six of them ship captains, had been relieved for cause.
'While the total number of ships in commission has continued to decline to what is now the smallest inventory of ships since 1916, the total number of ship C.O.s being relieved is steadily increasing year by year,' he wrote.
It used to be that ramming a pier, a collision at sea, or a grounding led to most firings of ship C.O.s (A story that then made the rounds was that after one such collision, the unfortunate captain deemed responsible was signaled, 'What are your intentions?' To which he replied, 'Buy a farm.')
According to Capt. Eyer, however, this no longer is the case: 'You can still get fired for collision or grounding. Not always, but sometimes. ... As for personal misconduct, one might also think that a given number of C.O.s, for example, are fired for alcohol-related incidents. Again, this is untrue. Even if alcohol is cited as a contributing factor, it is almost never the central issue. In fact, by far the main reason captains are being fired is for charges connected to fraternization, sexual misconduct, or reasons connected to either of these….
'Casual observers — those who have never served in a fully integrated ship's company — seem convinced that men and women can serve together in ships with utter disregard for one another's sex. That sounds ridiculous, because it is. It only sounds sensible to people so determined to make something work that they are able to discount fundamental human nature. Simply put, you cannot put men and women in a small box, send them away for extended periods of isolated time, and expect them not to interact with one another. They're like magnets put into a box and shaken — they stick. It is what has kept our species going for 250,000 years.'
What many have thought, but relatively few have had the guts to say!
Capt. Owen Honors, the relieved-for-cause, ex-skipper of the Enterprise, did indeed show appallingly poor judgment by appearing live on camera in videos meant to be morale boosters for men and women deployed too long, crews too often deprived of what the old Navy used to call 'liberty.' Though the videos aired three and four years ago, when Honors served as the ship's executive officer, it was not until the Enterprise was being readied for yet another deployment to the Middle East that someone, as yet unidentified, made them available to the Virginian-Pilot, a Norfolk newspaper. Honor's firing came shortly thereafter, and his formerly distinguished naval career almost certainly has come to a less than distinguished end.
At least one other senior officer's head would seem to be at risk in this sad affair — the commanding officer of the good ship Enterprise when the videos were first aired, now a Washington-based admiral. For if command responsibility still means anything, he bears prime responsibility for the chain of events that led to his then executive officer's disgrace.
And speaking of responsibility for one's actions, I wonder how many of those now applauding Capt. Honors' relief from command (there have been no allegations that his conduct went beyond ill-considered buffoonery) have considered it in context with former Commander-in-Chief Bill Clinton's l'affaire Lewinski? Clinton's transgression was by far more egregious than Honors', and it included what many then considered lying under oath.
What double standards are applied between those who wear their country's uniform and those who never did. The former are shorn of command. Bill Clinton completed two terms as president of the United States and is now a most distinguished senior statesman.
Whoever said life was fair?
R.L. Schreadley is a former Post and Courier executive editor and a retired naval officer whose service assignments included three commands at sea.
Thanks to Fred Stafford and Kato Davenport for this interesting editorial.
Stan (January 2011)
E-mail Tracker Programs and Etiquette
RM2(SS) "Scuba Tom" Dean (1968-70) sent me this information. I published something similar on this page a couple of years ago, but it is certainly worth saying again. We all receive these types of forwarded e-mails, and everyone should understand their real purpose. Tom adds: The man that sent this information is a computer tech. He spends a lot of time clearing the junk off computers for people and listens to complaints about speed. All forwards are not bad, just some. Be sure you read the very last paragraph.
So, do yourself a favor and
STOP adding your name(s) to these types of lists regardless how
inviting they might sound! It’s all about getting email
addresses and nothing more. You may think you are
supporting a GREAT cause, but you are NOT! Instead, you
are setting yourself and your friends up to get tons of junk mail
later and very possibly a virus attached! Plus, you are
helping the spammers get rich! Let's not make it easy for
Two Atta-Boys to Scuba Tom for passing along this great information about forwarding and addressing e-mails.
Stan (August 2010)
Social Security Provides Extra Earnings for Military Service
STS3(SS) Mike Rainwater (69-71) sent me this information. It seems to apply to all of us, and it may put some extra jingle in your pockets, so read on. Mike said, "I called the local SS folks, and they said all that I had to do was bring down my DD 214 when I officially retire and present it to them so that they may recalculate but there were imposing restrictions. It had to do with timing, as I recall. I don’t think they’ll permit registration after the fact and I suspect that it must be taken care of when you file for your official bid to receive SS payments." You can read more about this in a Social Security publication on line at http://www.ssa.gov/pubs/1007.pdf. A small part of that text is quoted below.
Military Service and Social
cannot receive these special credits if you are receiving a
federal benefit based on the same years of service, unless you
were on active duty after 1956. If you were on active duty
after 1956, you can get the special credit for 1951 through 1956,
even if you are receiving a military retirement based on service
during that period.
Many thanks to Mike Rainwater for this valuable information.
Stan (September 2007)
Saluting our Flag
LCDR Brent Taylor, CHIVO's Executive Officer 68 - 70, and several other CHIVO shipmates sent me this Washington DC press release:
WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.) today praised the passage by unanimous consent of his bill (S.1877) clarifying U.S. law to allow veterans and servicemen not in uniform to salute the flag. Current law (US Code Title 4, Chapter 1) states that veterans and servicemen not in uniform should place their hand over their heart without clarifying whether they can or should salute the flag.
"The salute is a form of honor and respect, representing pride in one's military service, " Senator Inhofe said. "Veterans and service members continue representing the military services even when not in uniform. Unfortunately, current U.S. law leaves confusion as to whether veterans and service members out of uniform can or should salute the flag. My legislation will clarify this regulation, allowing veterans and servicemen alike to salute the flag, whether they are in uniform or not."
"I look forward to seeing those who have served saluting proudly at baseball games, parades, and formal events. I believe this is an appropriate way to honor and recognize the 25 million veterans in the United States who have served in the military and remain as role models to other citizens. Those who are currently serving or have served in the military have earned this right, and their recognition will be an inspiration to others."
The bill was passed July 25, 2007.
Stan (August 2007)
National Do Not Call Registry for Cell Phones
If you've received an email telling you that your cell phone number is going to be released to telemarketing companies or that you must call a National Do Not Call list for cell phones to register your cell phone number, rest assured this is not the case.
Federal Communications Commission regulations prohibit telemarketers from using automated dialers to call cell phone numbers. Even though the federal government does not maintain a national cell phone registery, cell phone users have always been able to add their numbers to the National Do Not Call Registry. This is the same registry you use to register your land lines. You may add your telephone numbers to the registry either online at www.donotcall. gov or by calling toll-free 1-888-382-1222 from the telephone number you wish to register. Registrations become effective within 31 days of signing up and are active for five years. There is no cut-off date or deadline for registrations.
To learn more about the National Do Not Call Registry and the rules that enforce it, visit the FTC at www.ftc.gov or the FCC at www.fcc.gov
How to Properly Forward Emails and Reduce Junk Mail
One of my SENNET shipmates, ETR3(SS) Dick Gorman (62-65) sent in these important notes about forwarding emails.
A friend who is a computer expert received the following directly from a system administrator for a corporate system. It is an excellent message that ABSOLUTELY applies to ALL of us who send e-mails. Please read the short letter below, even if you're sure you already follow proper procedures.
Do you really know how to forward e-mails? 50% of us do; 50% DO NOT. Do you wonder why you get viruses or junk mail? Do you hate it? Every time you forward an e-mail there is information left over from the people who got the message before you, namely their e-mail addresses and names. As the messages get forwarded along, the list of addresses builds, and builds, and builds, and all it takes is for some poor sap to get a virus, and his or her computer can send that virus to every E-mail address that has come across his computer. Or, someone can take all of those addresses and sell them or send junk mail to them. How do you stop it? Well, there are several easy steps:
When you forward an e-mail, DELETE all of the other addresses that appear in the body of the message (at the top). That's right, DELETE them. Highlight them and delete them, backspace them, cut them, whatever it is you know how to do. It only takes a second. You MUST click the "Forward" button first and then you will have full editing capabilities against the body and headers of the message. If you don't click on "Forward" first, you won't be able to edit the message at all.
Whenever you send an e-mail to more than one person, do NOT use the To: or Cc: fields for adding e-mail addresses. Always use the BCC:(blind carbon copy) field for listing the e-mail addresses. This way the people you send to will only see their own e-mail address. If you don't see your BCC: option click on where it says To: and your address list will appear. Highlight the address and choose BCC: and that's it, it's that easy. When you send to BCC: your message will automatically say Undisclosed Recipients in the "TO:" field of the people who receive it.
Remove any "FWD" in the subject line. You can re-name the subject if you wish or even fix spelling.
ALWAYS hit your Forward button from the actual e-mail you are reading. Ever get those e-mails that you have to open 10 pages to read the one page with the information on it? By Forwarding from the actual page you wish someone to view, you stop them from having to open many e-mails just to see what you sent.
Have you ever gotten an email that is a petition? It states a position and asks you to add your name and address and to forward it to 10 or 15 people or your entire address book. The email can be forwarded on and on and can collect thousands of names and email addresses. A FACT: The completed petition is actually worth a couple of bucks to a professional spammer because of the wealth of valid names and email addresses contained therein. If you want to support the petition, send it as your own personal letter to the intended recipient. Your position may carry more weight as a personal letter than a laundry list of names and email address on a petition. Actually, if you think about it, who is supposed to send the petition in to whatever cause it supports? And don't believe the ones that say that the email is being traced, it just aint so! One of the main ones I hate is the ones that say that something like, Send this email to 10 people and you'll see something great run across your screen Or sometimes they'll just tease you by saying something really cute will happen. IT AINT GONNA HAPPEN!!!!! (Trust me, Im still seeing some of the same ones that I waited on 10 years ago!) I don't let the bad luck ones scare me either, they get trashed. (Could be why I haven't won the lottery??)
Before you forward an Amber Alert, or a Virus Alert, or some of the other ones floating around nowadays, check them out before you forward them. Most of them are junk mail that's been circling the net for YEARS! Just about everything you receive in an email that is in question can be checked out a Snopes. Just go to www.snopes.com. It's really easy to find out if it's real or not. If its not, please dont pass it on.
So please, in the future, let's stop the junk mail and the viruses.