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This is a blog of my adventures , mostly my Navy life , so the DD stands for Dads Diary , not to be confused with the Naval Ship Designation for a Destroyer , Or a military form;)

DD(Dad’s Diary) 92

When I reported for duty at HC-2 in Virginia after a few weeks of training as an aviation electrician , my first Detachment was to Long Island for a few weeks , the deployment was for the aircrew to practice search and rescue  , and assorted missions for the UH-3 seakings, the helicopters were once used to hunt submarines , but these were gutted out for cargo and other missions , so they could transport troops and their tools , on a flight from norfolk virginia , we had a very scenic flight up the atlantic ocean , we hovered over the statue of liberty(This was pre 9-11 when it was allowed!)and low over the manhattan river , (Which too was pre 9-1-1 , so rare now?!) , Kind of like a disney ride , its a small world for sure , and quite scenic for sure , the 4 helicopters had their own missions for the trip , but the touristy stuff was great too. This is just a start , and will continue this as I recall more!;)


DD(Dad’s Diary) (Just to be sure not to be confused with the Naval Designation for a Naval Destroyer!)90

This is to mark my Naval Anniversery of sorts! 12-13-1983 marked day one for me ,after several weeks in the Temporary Barracks , shots ,indoctrination , and then some… of sorts, ! My actual  Naval Service date began when all the Administative stuff was done first. I had to wait a few weeks for the rest of my basic training class to fill up , When enough sailors showed up we began as Company( C-041). We lived on the 3rd floor , so we got plenty of exercise running up and down the stairs! Safe to say our legs got quite the workout each day! And Lollygagging or Slowing down was no Option!;) My main Instuctor was a surface Navy type , but his co instructor was an aviation Master Chief , and as I blogged in the past , we were all the same until the end when we wore our crackerjack uniforms when we Graduated , and most sailors wore red stripes under their Specialty and Rank , so Me and just a few in my class wore Green stripes for Aviation;)

More to come…

DD(Dad’s Diary) 89 Salt Spray part 3…

This has all been posted before , but here goes , as the salt/sea spray is lethal to helicopters , and Hovering near the ocean  alongside the navy ship was rare , but necessary  to check the flight of the aircraft whenever there was a major rotor blade or engine change , near the helicopter landing pad should they need to land in an emergency!  The hovering stirred up the ocean. The salt spray coated the fuselage(thats the outer skin of the aircraft!)The ship made their own water , so when all was normal we used the fresh water to rinse off the helicopter , but when the desalination pump was down we were forced to use an oil based cleaner on the helicopter to get the salt off right away. Kind of ironic that at sea we are surrounded by water , but not fresh water!

More to come…

DD (Dad’s Diary) 88 Salt Spray part 2!

This is a continuation of sorts , as most of this has been posted in the past! Being on a  Navy Destroyer made us closer to the Salt Water of the Seas! The Salt Spray was harsh on the Helicopter Skin(Or Fuselage to the Naval Air Types!). Especially when the Seas were Rougher than usual in a Storm. Salt is rather Corrosive , and is such a great Conductor that it’s used in Batteries , as I learned in Basic Electrical Training. And the Rotor Wash stirred up the Seas when the Helicopter Flew , so we spent many hours protecting the Aircraft from the Elements. And the Spray was rather harsh on all the Electronic Sensors and Gauges , so keeping them Protected was a Priority for sure! We used an Oil based spray to protect the Helicopter , and Only left it out on the Flight Pad when the Seas were calm , and stowed in a Hangar when the Seas were unusually Stirred up in a Storm!

DD(Dad’s Diary) 87 Irma-Edition!

This blog will be a break from the usual military stuff , Living here near the Manatee River in the flood plain , evacuated us to a shelter , was a challenge for sure , but at least we are safe! She may have damaged some property , But the Development in the marsh lands will have to wait a bit , as the folks that once approved the subdivision$ , may now have second thought$? Not a chance , they will get back to there plans when all this weather related news die$ down!There is so much to add there will be a part 2 for sure;)

DD(Dad’s Diary) 86 , Instructor Duty Part 1…

After mySea duty in California , I went to N.A.T.T.C(Naval Air Technical Training Command)in Millington Tennessee{@NAS(Naval Air Station)Memphis} for more training , as I said in past blogs , After my advanced avionics course , I got orders to the AE(Aviation Electrical Maintenance)-A-1 School where I was once An E-1 , so going back as an E-5 was a great experience for me as an Instructor. Handling white chalk was no issue in the Summer , when we wore Dress Whites , but in the winter months we wore dress Blues , so we had to be extra careful ! There is so much to share on that tour , so there will be a part 2 at least!

“Swim Call” DD(Dad’s Diary) 85

 This is just a “break” of sorts from the usual military stuff! When we were deployed on naval ships , The ocean looked refreshing sometimes (especially when the weather was warmer , or hot!) , so when we were given the chance to cool off , after several months of sailing , we enjoyed the break, and the ships I was on were small enough , and close enough to the surface of the ocean , they draped a cargo net to keep us safe from the ocean fish , and kept us all together   , and the navy divers swam under us to keep us safe ! It was just a small break , but welcomed for sure! The real “adventures” were back on board ship , so more next time…

DD(Dad’s Diary) 84 , Not to be confused with the other DD a designation for a naval Destroyer!

This blog will be about F.O.D.(Foreign Object Damage). All trash on the ground is lethal to all Jet Engines , But can also be a hazard to people too , as the Rotors can stir up and send the Trash Flying Too! The Helicopter Engines were High off the ground , and had some sort of guard to help , but the flying debris can do damage too. When I was an E-1 Recruit in Millington , we first learned the importance , as all of our training schools had a daily F.O.D. Walk down to pick up litter in the parking lots , we all lined up shoulder to shoulder and were led in a slow pace to cover the area. Years later I better understood just how important it was, As nuts and bolts in the Hangar , Or Flight Line can cause a lot of damage , so we had a real F.O.D. Walk down each day At all Aviation Squadrons , And also on all ships when we deployed! So needless to say some of the ship repairs kept us busy for sure , as pieces of rope and Metal scraps were common , as they were just trash for someone , not us!

More to come…


DD(Dad’s Diary) 83 Military Acronym Edition ;)take 2 , with spell check!;)

This blog will be a break from the usual Navy Stuff , but sort of the same too! Just down the road from us is Macdill Airforce base , where UScentcom(central command) and many other special operations (Green Berets , Navy Seals , Rangers , etc.) are based there . So for the Independence Day Celebration at The Marauders Minor league baseball game had fireworks and a Paratrooper Jump , which was great , and a much safer jump for a change as no one is shooting at them , and we were a much friendlier crowd for a change. They are sent to Macdill for a break of sorts , so we benefit from their practice and keep their qualifications up to date while they are there . So we both benefit from it!


DD(Dads Diary) 82

I have blogged or Ranted on this before , But more on my Tale of 2 Helicopters! My first job as an Aviation Electrician was as a maintenance technician on the H-2 Sea sprite , the engine covers (Or Cowling !)opened upward so we could work on the engines , but they were very light and made of fiberglass , so we had to stand up and balance on the Auxiliary Fuel Tank , and keep our tool box on the ground , and just hold any tools we needed at the time. Which was especially challenging at sea as the ocean made for a less than steady work place! Years later I worked on H-3 Sea kings ,   the engine covers were much sturdier , as they swung down and could handle several people , and tool boxes and several pieces of repair gear , what a small benefit for me? They could even stand a heavy generator , which was an added benefit for me too!