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Go visit an aircraft carrier!
« on: August 06, 2022, 07:28:34 AM »

The closest ones to me are either in New York or South Carolina, Intrepid and Yorktown, respectively.

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One of these days I want to get down to see the Yorktown.
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Re: Go visit an aircraft carrier!
« Reply #1 on: August 06, 2022, 07:53:19 AM »

Some years back I was on a business trip to San Diego and I spent a couple of hours touring the USS Midway - it was one of those walking tours where they give you a headset and player and you follow the recorded narration. Very interesting.
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« Reply #2 on: August 06, 2022, 08:06:09 AM »

Yorktown was great but I am going on the wayback machine, my mom took me when I was like 13 or something. Bush Sr. was president. Another option is to keep an eye out for when active ships do open houses. Or find someone you know serving and talk them into a family day cruise. I kind of regret that when I was tied to a pier I never went to other ships. Foreign ships all the time in Norfolk. Had a SSBN next to me giving tours and passed it up.

Right in your central PA area is the Mid Atlantic Air Museum, no carrier but carrier planes for sure. Get way up close and personal with the planes and the knowledge level is excellent since the staff is all volunteer that work on or fly the planes.
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Re: Go visit an aircraft carrier!
« Reply #3 on: August 06, 2022, 08:16:18 AM »

Yorktown also has the destroyer Laffey, a ship that survived four bombs and six kamikazes in one battle off of Okinawa. They have a Baleo class submarine, the Clagamore, but itís going to be scrapped due to the poor shape she is in.
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« Reply #4 on: August 06, 2022, 08:18:50 AM »

I've not been back to Central Pennsylvania since 2018. Probably go next year, though, for my 40th class reunion.

Never did get to the MAAM, unfortunately.
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« Reply #5 on: August 06, 2022, 09:19:05 AM »

If you ever get to Chicago and have some free time, you can tour the U-505, a German sub that was captured during WWII. It's a fairly easy tour, since they cut holes in the sides for access. It's at the Museum of Science and Industry.  https://www.msichicago.org/explore/whats-here/exhibits/u-505-submarine/

Back in the early '70s when I was in high school, a group of us were roaming along the Chicago lakefront and went by Navy Pier - there was a US sub tied up there, the USS Runner. We were standing there looking at it, when a young guy popped out of one of the hatches, saw us looking at it, and invited us aboard for a tour. (I think he was a sea cadet, and the sub was now in "service" as a portside trainer.) I remember him patting a torpedo and telling us it "cost as much as two Cadillacs." The interior of the sub was substantially as when it was in service, so we got to do fun stuff like climbing ladders and crawling through hatches. I vaguely recall reading that the Runner was scrapped not long after.

It's been a long time since I've seen either sub so I don't remember all the details but I remember being more impressed with the design and layout of the U-505 than I was with the Runner.
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« Reply #6 on: August 06, 2022, 11:44:07 AM »

When I was an "Anchor Clanker" in the late Sixties, I was in a couple of ASW helicopter squadrons (HS-9 and HS-11). Those squadrons deployed on the Essex, Wasp, Lexington, and the Forestall. In all those tours, I never took the time to tour the entire ships. I think the next time I'm near one, I'll do the tour.

I toured the USS Massachusetts and the sub tied up next to it in Fall River, MA, back in the eighties. That was impressive. I also took the time to tour the Constitution when it was tied up in Boston, and I toured a 3/4 scale whaler in the Whaling Museum in New Bedford, MA.

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« Reply #7 on: August 06, 2022, 12:24:03 PM »

I lived on one for 3 years. The USS Forrestal was my home from 72 to 75. I visited the Midway a few years ago, that is very good museum ship experience. We did ditch the headphones for the self guided tour and I was our tour guide. As an aside I made the last trap and cat shot off of the Midway as a crewman in a C2 (COD) when it came back to the US for decommissioning. We were the last COD to service the boat the day before it arrived at San Diego.

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« Reply #8 on: August 06, 2022, 12:55:02 PM »

A friend serving on a carrier when we were both in the Navy took me on a quick tour of the USS Independence. As someone who only served on a little ASR, THIS THING WAS HUGE!!! OMG, looking down off the flight deck gave me vertigo!
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« Reply #9 on: August 06, 2022, 03:53:20 PM »

We got a ride from Pearl to San Diego on the U.S.S. Carl Vinson about 4 years ago when our daughter was in the Navy.  Was an awesome week and it solidified my decision on enlisting in the Air Force and not the Navy! 

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« Reply #10 on: August 06, 2022, 05:58:10 PM »

We got a ride from Pearl to San Diego on the U.S.S. Carl Vinson about 4 years ago when our daughter was in the Navy.  Was an awesome week and it solidified my decision on enlisting in the Air Force and not the Navy! 

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« Reply #11 on: August 06, 2022, 06:07:46 PM »

Seen worse but love the photography

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« Reply #12 on: August 06, 2022, 06:23:49 PM »

Seen worse but love the photography

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« Reply #13 on: August 06, 2022, 08:46:52 PM »

On one of my deployments on the Wasp in the North Atlantic, 40 foot seas, I saw green water come over the flight deck. It was awesome. The escorts, tin cans , etc., were riding it out much nicer. For them it was not much more than a roller coaster ride. The Wasp, being much longer, would get "out of sync" and the bow would come down just as the next swell was going up. I saw green water come in through the anchor chain portals in the fo'c'sle that day as well.

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« Reply #14 on: August 06, 2022, 09:22:37 PM »

Yorktown also has the destroyer Laffey, a ship that survived four bombs and six kamikazes in one battle off of Okinawa. They have a Baleo class submarine, the Clagamore, but itís going to be scrapped due to the poor shape she is in.

I visited both of those too when I was there long ago. The Clagamore and whatever sub is in Baltimore convinced me to stay above water. The navy hounded me to go nuke based on ASVAB score. I finally took their screening test, crushed it, they hounded me more. I realize I could have been rich and also probably been on a carrier and not underwater but no thanks. Even the carrier nukes are sad creatures that know of the sun only from oral history passed down through generations.
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« Reply #15 on: August 06, 2022, 11:19:45 PM »

Saw Yorktown a few years ago at Patriots Point,  that was absolutely worth the time and money.  Highly recommend.

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« Reply #16 on: August 06, 2022, 11:28:04 PM »

Ah, then there is my last ship, a helicopter carrier. With a welldeck. Closest I came to the submarine service because there were a few times they sunk that thing to flood the welldeck that it had a little trouble coming back up. Nopenopenope.
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« Reply #17 on: August 06, 2022, 11:42:51 PM »

Back in my Army days, I spent a bit of time on a project studying the Army's ability to conduct an amphibious landing, and spent time on an amphibious assault ship, the USS Nassau, which is one of the cool "mini" carriers with the well deck to load/unload landing craft like French G served on. 


Twice I've been privileged to tour the USS Missouri in Pearl Harbor.  Impressive size, and the history of standing on the spot where the Japanese surrendered to end WWII is awesome.
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« Reply #18 on: August 07, 2022, 12:31:29 AM »

Rough seas in what is basically an ocean going tug with a canoe hull is no fun! 0/10, would NOT recommend!
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« Reply #19 on: August 07, 2022, 01:24:44 AM »

 :rofl: :rofl: :rofl:
You want fun? try rough seas on a round hull submarine on the surface.
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Never had the chance to go aboard a modern carrier but we did tie up across the pier from one of the Nimitz class carriers when I was in Norfolk. Can't remember for sure which one it was but I'm thinking It was the Carl Vinson CVN-70 There were a couple of other carriers at Norfolk when I was there but we normally tied up a ways op the river at the D&S piers and didn't mingle with the big boys.
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« Reply #20 on: August 07, 2022, 01:44:54 AM »

:rofl: :rofl: :rofl:
You want fun? try rough seas on a round hull submarine on the surface.

Full stop. Go no farther. We felt SO bad for the submariners when they had to surface in rough seas!
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« Reply #21 on: August 07, 2022, 09:14:27 AM »

A friend serving on a carrier when we were both in the Navy took me on a quick tour of the USS Independence. As someone who only served on a little ASR, THIS THING WAS HUGE!!! OMG, looking down off the flight deck gave me vertigo!


For a short while I worked in the Norfolk Naval Shipyard and have seen the height only from pier level.  One cold day the Sailors on deck were dropping snowballs on us.  We realized how tall they were when we found you can't throw a snowball that high.
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« Reply #22 on: August 07, 2022, 09:21:02 AM »

One of my favorite photos from the war

Yes she was a light carrier (CVL) but that had to be fun watching the sea rise up to meet you like that.

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« Reply #23 on: August 07, 2022, 11:59:04 AM »

Back in my Army days, I spent a bit of time on a project studying the Army's ability to conduct an amphibious landing, and spent time on an amphibious assault ship, the USS Nassau, which is one of the cool "mini" carriers with the well deck to load/unload landing craft like French G served on. 


Twice I've been privileged to tour the USS Missouri in Pearl Harbor.  Impressive size, and the history of standing on the spot where the Japanese surrendered to end WWII is awesome.

Yeah, that was my ship, LHA-4. The big Nasty. They keep trying to make the army a sea service. Better at landing craft than the navy for sure and more boats too. I know they tried to operate Apaches off of CVN-71 when I was there.
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« Reply #24 on: August 07, 2022, 02:16:51 PM »

One of my favorite photos from the war

Yes she was a light carrier (CVL) but that had to be fun watching the sea rise up to meet you like that.

https://warfarehistorynetwork.com/article/two-typhoons-crippled-bull-halseys-task-force-38/



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