DD(Dad’s Diary) 66

Yesterday was 14 years since the “terrorist acts” , so in the words of my Naval-Superiors “carry on” , so I’ll stick to a lighter note , just my experiences , and no editorial opinion ! Back to my deployment to Naples Italy , Touring some of Europe was great , But on my time off we toured many local sites. Rome was just a few hours away , so there was lots of history to see , The colosseum was massive , and must have been quite the spectacle many centuries ago. We used the High Speed Train to get around , and as an english speaker and reader , it was quite the adventure to get around , and asking for directions was a gamble for sure . Pompeii was a somber reminder of just how nature really has the last say. We were there to maintain the 1 H-3 helicopter ,it had many missions , as a Nato tool and the transport for the admiral there , he was in charge of all the  US Navy in the area , so when he went to sea on his command ship in the Mediterranean  every month or so , we saw lots of Europe. The H-3 is rather large and is usually towed around by tow tractors , so when  we were deployed , we moved it on the flight deck/hangar it was done by hand , so a task for sure.

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DD(Dad’s Diary) 65

While I was stationed at HC-2 in Virginia ,  My second 9 month deployment was to Naples Italy , Our 1 H-3 was there as a support for the 6th fleet commander there (An executive transport for the Admiral there , and other various uses to support the USS’s in Europe and also part of the Nato force in Europe too) as the Bosnian conflict kept us rather busy , and our helicopter was replaced by a newer H-3 , which was quite a task for sure. The cargo area had to be converted for executive transport , but that mission was only made once in a while , so the VIP furnishings had to be portable(Fancy carpet , Seats , etc.). So my job as aviation electrician was much like my duties in Va. , but much different for sure. We were based at a local base , and we lived in hi rise overlooking the runway , so we were close to work , and had a front row view of the many military planes that landed for a rest at the tiny airport. The area was overshadowed by Vesuvius , that once showed Pompeii just how lethal it could be!  I Deployed there in cold weather for a few months , then spring showed me a much different Italy , The Command ship for the Admiral traveled the Adriatic Sea , and when he went aboard , we were deployed as a tool for him , so we visited many European ports , so as a tourist , the warmer weather was far better for us! And as warm blooded Floridian I especially appreciated spring!

The autostrada may be the home of road rage , but renting a fiat gave them another reason to hate me and other Americans, so plenty more next time…