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?).
more next time..