DD(Dad’s Diary)77

When I was stationed in California @ HSL-35 in 1985 Our H-2 Helicopter was used on assorted USS’s to hunt Submarines , and since the cabin was rather small , it did little else. I first deployed on the USS Merrill(DD 976)  for 9 Months in the Western Pacific Ocean ; as a Destroyer to accompany the Aircraft Carrier Group , and the Merrill could sail in shallow waters , we often cruised apart from the group , which was good and bad , not only could we get closer to land , but Mother Nature was rather hard on us in foul weather too! The Helicopter was also used to help navigate the Ship (What better way to look ahead?).

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DD(Dad’s Diary) 63.. More Mobile Home Stuff!

The Trailer was Bought new in Tn , but was made for the south , so when  we moved it to my next Duty Station in Virginia , we had sort of an issue with the weather there , the Snow and Sleet were rather rough on any home , and even more so for us in my little trailer! Just 2 Bedrooms for me and Christopher , and 1 small bathroom , so it was rather cramped! Moving to a new city is a challenge for sure , but Moving there with your home makes the change a bit easier?(Though the government requires lots of permits and taxes , they may pay for the move , but had me pay in other ways !) Living in a trailer park that was used to residents boarding up when they were gone for a long time was a plus for me , so my neighbors all kept an eye on my place when I was deployed..

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DD(Dad’s Diary)72

My first “real” Helicopter after several months of training , was the Seasprite H-2 , The engine cowlings / covers were just light enough to protect the engines , and opened upward so we had to balance (Which was even more of a challenge when we were at sea , but thats a whole different blog…!) We had to leave our tool boxes on the ground! The Cowlings were  not strong enough to stand on , so  most other helicopters could support maintenance folks , and their tool boxes on the engine cowlings , to work on the engine. Most electrical components were in and around the turbo jet  shaft engines, so we had to wait for them to cool down after flight.

The H-2 was used @ Sea as a submarine hunter , and various other missions , usually on a smaller ship , and closer to the ocean , so salt spray was very corrosive to the aircraft.

DD(Dad’s Diary) 74

My next cruise while at HSL-35 in San Diego , was on the USS-Lockwood( FF-1064), a frigate in the carrier group . It had 2 small hangars , as they were outfitted for  2 H-60 helicopters , and since we were an H-2 we just 1 helicopter , deployed for a 9 month western pacific cruise . The extra hangar was used for storage , but since we were just visitors the ships company had first dibs on the space! The ship had a small berthing area just behind the small hangar , and it is usually used for nicer things , so it had several bunk beds , and its very own bathroom ,  we had always had to share them with others , so this was big deal! Not only was it a luxury , but closer for us to get to the hangar too! Our tiny hangar was just big enough for our Helicopter , and spare parts were also stored in cages near the helicopter.

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DD(Dad’s Diary) 76

This is a true story , not some April fools joke! After basic training , I went to N.A.T.T.C. (Naval Air Technical Training Command)Millington Tennessee @NAS Memphis to learn the basics as an Aviation Electrician in 1983. Several years later I was sent there for an advanced avionics school , and after the 9 week course was complete , I got orders to the basic AE school as an instuctor on the same base , the 2 Years there were great , And I later served with 2 of the Unnamed(to protect their ID, and prevent any law suits?) sailors in my class , so what better way to evaluate just how well I taught them. Not only did they both work at the same squadron , But both of them went to the middle east  with me too , so even the vast world can be even small too?