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Old Sep 15, 2010, 08:15 AM
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Show Us your US Navy Ship !

I have been remembering my US Navy ship. I was assigned to the USS Paul Revere LPA 248 . It was a troop transport ship, it strongly resembles a cargo ship. Look closely and you will see a number of mike and lima boats stowed anywhere possible.
Our job was to move troops to beach zones in most any condition. The Paul Revere had minimum armament and needed escorts to insure safe delivery.
My job on the ship was the duties of Operations Specialist. I did radar navigation, helicopter and surface traffic control, identify friendly from foe aircraft and ships, then pass the assignment to a fire control officer. OS's at sea do long hours under stressful conditions. My job involved maintaining the safety of 2,000 or more lives.
I also climbed and worked on the radar on the front mast, the surface radar. You'd be surprized to find just how much swaying happens up there on the mast, it was fun.
My ship has been sold to Spain and it's disposition is unknown.

In the photos is the helo deck and one of the 3.5 inch guns. I do not know anyone in the photos, but that guy with glasses on the helo deck is nearly identical to my appearance then. As a matter of fact, it could fool anyone in my family.

The Navy can be a very rewarding experience for a smart young man who needs to learn a trade career. Lots of schooling and experience available.
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Old Sep 15, 2010, 09:44 AM
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I wasnt in the navy.BUT i paid N.Y. taxes for 50+ years soooooo heres my ship>>> http://www.ussny.org/
PS: i was in the USAF
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Old Sep 15, 2010, 10:11 AM
That Free Gas Weirdo Huh ?
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We about the last of the APA/LPA type ships, the LST was then favored. Looks more efficient, all the boats had to be picked off and dropped in the water and the Army/Marines climbed over the side down a net into the landing craft.

Now they simply sink the rear of the ship and slide them off. No more Normandy situations were big in our training then also. Normandy was a mess.
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Old Sep 15, 2010, 10:20 AM
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I wasn't in the navy but below are pictures of the USS Indianapolis. My grandfather served on this ship and was on it when it was sunk by a torpedo. He is one of the few who survived the sinking and the ordeal at sea.

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Old Sep 15, 2010, 11:28 AM
That Free Gas Weirdo Huh ?
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Oh, 5 inch guns. We only had 3 inch '50's . But they do pack a punch. Not sure of the speed but by watching the tracers, it's in miles per second. They can lift an SUV up and roll it with no charge. I imagine live shells would really rip one apart. I can tell you it's more fun than shooting a rifle. 50 cals are a joke. A tank or munitions system on the beach wouldn't stand any chance against either.

Get a small fleet of Navy guns and they can hammer constantly for weeks non-stop. Bam bam bam bam bam bam. Oh, it's really a bad situation for them.
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Old Sep 15, 2010, 05:04 PM
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Spent many looooong nights on SAR calls on the 41381 out of B'ham.


Sorry if I went off topic and showed up the Navy.
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Old Sep 15, 2010, 05:24 PM
That Free Gas Weirdo Huh ?
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Sort of reminds me of the Captain's gig, a high speed boat he kept on board to get to shore and back in a hurry.
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Old Sep 15, 2010, 09:12 PM
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Here's a better photo, but the ship is the only identical one made in the Paul Revere class. It is not the Paul Revere but is the USS Francis Marion, APA/LPA 249.

The Paul Revere, nicknamed the Peter Rabbit, was much better maintained.
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Old Sep 15, 2010, 09:30 PM
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may dad is a plank owner from the U.S.S. Kittyhawk.
my brother was aboard the U.S.S. Carl Vincent. he gave me a tour of his ship. it was very cool and unbelievably huge.
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Old Sep 15, 2010, 09:44 PM
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I remember the Kitty Hawk. It was sometimes in the same areas we were. Looks like a tricky deck compared to the Carl Vincent types. That is, as far as clearance goes but the Kitty seems to have a longer landing zone. Look how short that is and how fast a plane lands. Takes a heck of a good pilot to put one on those things.
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Old Sep 15, 2010, 09:52 PM
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"Carl Vinson" not Vincent.
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Old Sep 15, 2010, 09:53 PM
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http://www.usswabash.com/home



'84 - '87
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Old Sep 15, 2010, 09:56 PM
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Spent some time on this zippy little can of whup ass too.

USCGC Mellon...
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Old Sep 15, 2010, 10:08 PM
That Free Gas Weirdo Huh ?
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Oh I wish I still had the blood I had then. I don't think I could make it up two decks, forget running all around and climbing like a monkey. Too bad. The brains or the body but not both, I guess.
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Old Sep 15, 2010, 10:21 PM
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Grandpa served on the Hornet CV-12 for the first five yrs of its commission('43-'48), in the engine room.
The keel was laid as the USS Kearsarge.
His father served on a former Kearsarge from 1912-1915.
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