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My first few years at HC-2 in Virginia , I went on several deployments close to home , as my future deployments were far away , I went to Cape Cod and Longisland  , and this was pre-9-11 so we were given a low helicopter sightseeing flight of the statue of liberty and the Hudson-River in Ny. The H-3 helicopters were retired from Submarine Hunting , and the cabins were stripped of all the gear that they used in the past , so there was enough room for several of the maintenance troops and our toolboxes. And the Helicopters were designed for lifting heavy loads , so the cabin could transport us and all of our tools and test equipment. When we deployed to Cape-Cod we had 4 H-3’s , that were kept at a small airport , and we stayed at a small motel nearby. The Airport had a small breakfast diner are many of the locals ate , so we were quite the novelty! The Helicopters were used to practice Search and Rescue , and many other Missions  , and we were there to maintain and repair the Aircraft.

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DD(Dad’s Diary) 36

When we arrived in Newport news Virginia , We lived in a motel room @LaQuinta as our temporary home for a few weeks , while we awaited the delivery and set-up of our mobile-home. On the same property of the motel was a breakfast diner , and our room came with a discount on our food , so we ate there a lot , and it was a 24-hour diner , so it was always open. The Housekeeping Service & Catering was a nice break for me. Being a Mr. Mom was a job in itself , so the relief was welcomed. My New Duty Station (HC-2) At Nearby NAS-Norfolk , was my next chapter , but first the Navy gave me my annual-leave of 30 days. The time went rather fast , as moving to another State was quite the event , but dealing with a Mobile-Home and a Young Boy made for quite the adventure for me.

More next time…