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Anti-Idiotarian Rottweiler » Rubbing Elbows With Our Heroes In Uniform
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Our own Jaybear recently had the pleasure of spending a day afloat aboard the USS Cleveland (LPD-7), an amphibious transport ship. He captured some nice photos of his day on the briny-blue, rubbing elbows with our fine Navy and Marine Corps personnel assigned.

Being ever the gentleman he is, Jaybear obtained some fine photos of his adventure with the blessing of the Navy’s PAO and the Major leading the attached Marine contingent, and a promise to post them up for the folks at home. Not being content with just posting the pics, Jaybear came up with a righteous web page.

A Day Aboard The USS Cleveland

Photo Sharing and Video Hosting at Photobucket

America’s finest, in Defense of Freedom. May G-d Bless them and their families, one and all.

25 Responses to “Rubbing Elbows With Our Heroes In Uniform”
  1. MuscleDaddy Comment by MuscleDaddy

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    MOST cool!

    - MuscleDaddy

    (dang, first again!)

  2. LC Mrs. M-ITT™ Comment by LC Mrs. M-ITT™

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    Great pics Jaybear! :em69: :em69:

    That must have been an awesome day. I can remember being in Bremerton in 1984 and standing on the dock looking up at the Nimitz. Damn that is one freaking huge ship! It gives me a great feeling knowing those guys are standing on that wall (even if it floats) to keep us safe.

  3. LC Gunsniper Comment by LC Gunsniper

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    An outstanding presentation! Excellent work, jaybear!

  4. Unregistered Comment by mindy1

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    That must have been so cool. I would love to be able to say I hung around some real heroes-they can braver than any movie character-read lone survivor. :em69: :em69: :em93:

  5. Unregistered Comment by mindy1

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    I meant they can BE braver than any movie character :em98:

  6. Beth* A. Comment by Beth* A.

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    What a privilege they afforded you, Jaybear.

    Glad you got to take a spin on that ship. Thanks for the photos so we could experience a little bit of that trip with you.

  7. LC Cheapshot911, Dept. of Redneck Tech Comment by LC Cheapshot911, Dept. of Redneck Tech

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    Just signing up put’s em’ ahead of any guild critters in the ‘nad column.
    When you’re words of thundering resolve and righteous honor are written by union writers,, and each time the bad guys smacks your head, and hit’s the stunt-guy,,it’s not really brave.
    The stuntguys are brave, but are well-protected, and are no fools. They practice.

    Now, the military is completely ad-lib, no stand-ins, lot’s of fine training, but they must quickly and accurately adapt to each treacherous situation they find themselves in,, for which no training can fully prepare one,,and the end of their story aint never going to be written.

    I can’t imagine why the klintoons couldn’t see the value here, did everything they could to neuter them and all the other branches,,for campaign brochures sake.

    Bravo, Jaybear, thanks!
    Money well spent!

  8. jaybear Comment by jaybear

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    It’s a pleasure to share this with everybody, it was one hell of a great day. I got to do all kinds of neat stuff, from sitting in the gunners station in the 25mm AAV to holding and aiming an M4 with M203 grenade launcher belonging to one of the Marine security detail on board…those guys were really cool. Also got to sit in the pilot house of the LCAC on board, it’s like sitting in the cockpit of an airliner. Food was good, and the Officers and Marines and Sailors were great. I was invited to go by the Navy recruiter that works my high school, and I jumped at it…gonna ask him if I can go again next year.

    It’s Seafair week here in the Seattle area. Nothing pisses off the moonbats more than Seafair, with the hydro races on Lake Washington to the Navy taking up all of the downtown docks to the Blue Angels roaring overhead (just heard them go over btw). Every year some local politician, at the behest of the moonbat community, proposes banning the Angels from performing. Reasons range from noise pollution…to the danger of one them crashing into a building…to carbon output…it’s comedy at it’s finest.

    Funny thing, if you go to the website, you’ll see some pictures of the little patrol boats that flanked us and the other ships all day. They went after a protest boat as we cruised by the Seattle skyline, pinned it right against one of the downtown docks….they got a standing ovation from all of us civilians on board the Cleveland. :em99:

    What a great day

  9. Emperor Misha I Comment by Emperor Misha I

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    I am reminded of a time ages ago, the Cold War was still in full swing at the time, when a U.S. Carrier visited my native stomping grounds overseas. Now, I must ashamedly admit that I don’t remember the name of the vessel, but what I do remember is seeing her in all her majesty and thinking to myself: “Holy SHIT, she’s HUGE!”

    To put in into perspective, I’d always thought that super tankers were about the biggest ships to have ever been built, but some enterprising photographer had taken a picture of the carrier passing by one of those.

    The super tanker looked like a bloody rubber dinghy next to her.

    Here’s to our Navy. You do us proud, and no vessel ever sailed with a finer crew than you.

  10. maxxdog Comment by maxxdog

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    Birdfarms look even bigger when you’re out to sea on a destroyer trying to keep up with one of the suckers.
    They tend to go fast all the time. Never cared for ‘em much, truth be told.
    Great pics Jaybear. wish I could’ve been with ya.

  11. MCPO Airdale Comment by MCPO Airdale

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    Misha - What year, what port?

    Small quibbling; It’s called “Manning the rail” and “Rendering Honors”

    Gator Freighters have flat bottoms. . . not a fun ride in high sea states.

  12. jaybear Comment by jaybear

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    MCPO Airdale

    Small quibbling; It’s called “Manning the rail” and “Rendering Honors”

    Corrections will be made to the page…thanks for keeping me honest Master Chief
    :em93:

  13. MCPO Airdale Comment by MCPO Airdale

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    jaybear - Certainly not a criticism. I certainly hope your time aboard was both instructive and enjoyable.

    Did you get to eat on the mess decks?

  14. jaybear Comment by jaybear

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    jaybear - Certainly not a criticism. I certainly hope your time aboard was both instructive and enjoyable.

    Did you get to eat on the mess decks?

    I didn’t take it as a criticism Chief, I took it as a technical correction from the Master Chief on board.

    Could I ask you to check out my corrections to make sure they are O.K.? After all, this is being done for the ship.

    And yes, we did get to eat on the mess deck. What I found hard to get used to (although not surprising) is how cramped everything is, using the head was an experience in contortion…really cramped in there. I got one hell of an education to be sure, spent a good half hour gabbing with their Master Chief, he’s planning on retiring in a couple of years to a farm that he bought in Eastern Washington.

    You mentioned about these ships being flat bottomed, I knew that, but do you know what the draft is on them? Puget Sound is pretty deep so no problems out there…however, I was pretty damned impressed at the turning radius of this ship.

  15. LC HJ Caveman82952 Comment by LC HJ Caveman82952

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    Thank You, Jaybear!. Stirring my heart, a lot of latent memories rising again, of days so seemingly long ago. Yet the men reamain timeless, the purpose eternal….that you, Brother, for a trip down memory lane.

  16. LC JackBoot IC/A-OBR Comment by LC JackBoot IC/A-OBR

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    Gator Freighters have flat bottoms. . . not a fun ride in high sea states.

    Try being stuck on the surface in a boomer with State 8 seas. Can you say everyone PUKES !!!!

  17. MCPO Airdale Comment by MCPO Airdale

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    Jaybear - Corrections look good.

    There may be some Gator Navy guys around (I spent all my time on Bird Farms) but, IIRC, the draft of the Cleveland class is 25 ft.

    As for crowded/cramped. . . Well, I always tell folks the best thing about being at sea is sharing your bathroom with 152 of your closest friends! ;-)

  18. Emperor Misha I Comment by Emperor Misha I

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    Misha - What year, what port?

    Don’t remember the exact year, but I’m fairly certain that the port was Aarhus.

  19. Emperor Misha I Comment by Emperor Misha I

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    Try being stuck on the surface in a boomer with State 8 seas. Can you say everyone PUKES !!!!

    What the fuck is a U-boat doing on the surface in heavy weather??? Did somebody forget to teach the captain about one of the major advantages of those tin cans, or was he too busy drawing doodles when they went over that?

  20. LC MoMinuteMan Comment by LC MoMinuteMan

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    Jaybear, you lucky, lucky bastard…

    That is one of the very few things that sucks about living in S.E. Missouri, it’s a cast iron bitch to get a Nimitz class up the Mississippi….

    (yeah, yeah, I know that a amphib could prolly make it up here, but I really wanna see the pretty planes up close and personal…)

    What the fuck is a U-boat doing on the surface in heavy weather???

    Now Boss, you know they were probably taking on CIA super-secret super spy Valerie Plame and her trusty side-kick Joe, who were there on a top secret mission to find a rogue commie boomer skipper and make contact so we could get the secret recipe for a killer yellow cake with banana creme frosting….

    But don’t tell anybody, it’s classified…

  21. LC JackBoot IC/A-OBR Comment by LC JackBoot IC/A-OBR

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    What the fuck is a U-boat doing on the surface in heavy weather??? Did somebody forget to teach the captain about one of the major advantages of those tin cans, or was he too busy drawing doodles when they went over that?

    Orders. We were doing a training-ex with an E-2C, qualifying their twidgets on some new ASW toys. We wuz hiding too well and were ordered to the surface for the Hawkeye to make a few passes to re-calibrate the MAD gear.

    Meanwhile, back at the ranch we picked up a Rooski trawler sniffin’ about (no doubt the carrier battle group’s shadow). After we pulled the cork, lo and behold the airdales caught an Alfa boat nearby, obviously trying to get in for a track on us.

    Let The Games Begin !!

    Suffice it say USN-1, Soviet Red Fleet North-0, after a few entertaining hours.

    We had our commodore aboard, a firebrand mustanger, that ordered us to slide on up into the Alfa’s baffles and give the Bear a water-slug shot up their commie asses. I reckon a few sonar-techs had some ruptured eardrums after that shot. They tucked tail and hauled ass out of the area, damn but those Alfas were FAST.

    Of course, none of this really happened, just a rumor I heard somewhere or maybe it was in a movie.

    :em93:

  22. MasterGuns, Imperial Marine Comment by MasterGuns, Imperial Marine

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    Misha said:

    I am reminded of a time ages ago, the Cold War was still in full swing at the time, when a U.S. Carrier visited my native stomping grounds overseas. Now, I must ashamedly admit that I don’t remember the name of the vessel, but what I do remember is seeing her in all her majesty and thinking to myself: “Holy SHIT, she’s HUGE!”

    We pulled in to Denmark a zillion years ago on the old Coral Sea. Good liberty.

    Semper Fi

  23. LC Mrs. M-ITT™ Comment by LC Mrs. M-ITT™

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    Of course, none of this really happened, just a rumor I heard somewhere or maybe it was in a movie.

    That’s what happens when you read Clancy after eating too much Chinese food and falling asleep in the recliner Bro. :em99:

  24. LC MoMinuteMan Comment by LC MoMinuteMan

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    I reckon a few sonar-techs had some ruptured eardrums after that shot.

    And skivvies full of borscht to boot…

    I imagine that a heavily armed hole in the water popping up behind you and going, “BOO, BITCH!!!” will loosen your sphincter…

  25. Unregistered Comment by anomdragon

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    I remeber a time back in the days of the cold war, we were cruising in the Pacific and as usual there was a trawler sniffing around the Carrier group. I was on a can, and all of a sudden noticed all of the escort ships taking off in different directions away from the carrier. After a couple of hours we were coming back to rejoin the bird farm and all of the escorts came up on the trawler from different directions at the same time and as each one passed it they trained all guns on it. Bet that shook them up a little.
    The most interesting incident was when we went out to do a test of the ASROC (anti submarine rocket launched torpedo). There was an old diesel sub with us. He was to be off a few miles towing a target buoy and we were supposed to shoot off an ASROC and see how close we could get. Well our XO got to ride on the sub and he said they heard it hit the water and it zigged then zagged and when it zigged again it slammed right into the conning tower of the sub instead of the buoy. Said there was a whole lot of pants changing after that. The downside was we stayed out for another 16 hours searching for the damn ASROC.