DD(Dad’s Diary) 57

a continuation of my last blog…The 2 ShipsI deployed on in the Western-Pacific each had their own DeSalination Plant , to make fresh water from the salty sea water, so I have to wonder why the states don’t do the same? But that is just an aside! So when the system on the Ship was down or inoperative we had to conserve or do without! The only convenient time was in rough-seas in a storm. Fortunately storms were rare , but when mother nature ¬†stirred up the ocean , we didn’t fly (as the flight deck was a bit unstable) and the salt spray was more severe than usual , so we kept it tied down in the hangar . But when the helicopter was in the hangar , the rotor blades were folded for storage , so none of the flight controls could be operated , as any control stick or pedal had a direct connection to the rotors and tail. And any change in the flaps on the blades ¬†was very dangerous to the blades. So when it was stowed in the hangar , The control sticks and pedals were locked to prevent use or damage. More next time…