DD(Dad’s Diary) 56

This just a continuation of my last post , Duty at HSL-35 on the H-2 helicopter was an adventure for sure. I deployed for 9 months each time. First on a destroyer , then on a frigate. The H-2 was housed on a small flight-pad on the back of the ship. The salt-spray from the ocean was very corrosive by itself , but the rotor wash stirred it up even more. So we kept a coating of an oil-based spray to coat the aircraft and components (had to be good enough when we had no water!). We rinsed it off after flight , but the ship made their own water , so when we had to conserve when the system was down , and we also stored in a tiny hangar to shelter it from the elements. Not to get overly technical , the salt water acts as a good conductor of electricity , and speeds up the damage that rust can cause , and when the seas were calm ( as they are most days) we left it out on the flight deck , and when it stormed we housed it in the hangar.
This is sure to be more than 1 part , so more to come…