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April 19, 2017

I had been assigned to the pre-commissioning crew of the nuclear-powered Sturgeon class, Fast Attack type submarine USS Bluefish SSN 675, under construction at the Electric Boat/General Dynamics shipyard in New London Connecticut.

I and two of my mates had been given Te...

March 2, 2017

During the Cold war, the typical weapons load for a U.S. Navy 637-class nuclear powered Fast Attack submarine consisted of up to twenty-five undersea weapons. These included a variety of three conventionally armed torpedoes, the WWII vintage tried and true MK-14 Mod-5...

February 3, 2017

From the commencement of the Viet Nam war the tactical and economic standing of the South’s extensive inland waterways dictated that the U.S. Navy should lead the allied forces during the conflict. 

Intertwined with approximately 3,000 nautical miles of rivers, canals,...

November 7, 2016

PT (Patrol, Torpedo) boats were small, fast, inexpensive and expendable vessels employed by the U.S. Navy for short range oceanic scouting, and they were armed with torpedoes and machine guns for cutting enemy supply lines and harassing enemy forces.  Forty-three PT sq...