Sunday, July 9, 2017

This is not a drill, this is NOT a Test, it is REAL

Little known facts:
1.    Kotex was first manufactured as bandages, during WWI.
2.    In the 16th and 17th centuries in the country of Turkey, anyone caught drinking coffee was put to death.
3.    Abraham Lincoln's dog, Fido, was also assassinated.
 Above my first ship at 17 yrs old./Last ship CVA-62 Indy

Through life we have a lot of unnecessary ‘drama’ as I hear the kids (Folks 30+ years younger than I) say a lot.  Aboard Ship at all hours I have heard “This is a drill, This is a drill (meaning not real) Then the message will continue, i.e.  “Flooding in the aft compartments.”  The damage control teams attack this problem as if it was real.  On average, this happens every week or so when a ship is underway.
That is why for Americans it is hard to understand how we about lost one of our BEST destroyers a week or so ago. And that, on a normal night operation.

I have been aboard 2 ships as a Marine and one Aircraft Carrier as ship’s company.  I have sailed on most carriers that were on the East Coast as an inspector for a few weeks at a time.  I have never been concerned that my shipmates would not do their jobs and do them well.  Their lives as well as mine depended on it.

Once on the Independence CVA62 in the North Atlantic we were taking on supplies as well as armament when the two ships came together. Then the blaring announcement, “THIS IS NOT A DRILL COLLISION, COLLISION”. There was a lot of damage to the supply ship. I happened to be on the ships elevator on the working party (FRONT ROW SEAT). It was amazing to see steel bent like you would bend paper.  Our Executive Officer was driving the ship at the time and failed to make a correction in course. It is a tremendous undertaking to separate two ships once they come together.

Of course in the USN the Skipper is not forgiven. He let someone drive he was ‘positive’ could do the job.. The Navy takes it serious. On our ship the Skipper was responsible for a multimillion dollar ship and multimillions in planes, not to mention the 5000+ men aboard. It amounts to billions of $. It is a serious position that normally goes like a well-oiled clock.  UNTIL……

But when you hear (or know), “THIS IS NOT A DRILL” life takes on a new meaning.

Tragedy happens. Wrecks, divorce, death, disease, etc.  When these happen you know “THIS IS NOT A DRILL”. You cannot plan for that occasion, but when it happens we try damage control but we must HANDLE IT!
Nite Shipslog
 Studebakers, pictures from  our trip to the Stude museum in South Bend



Paula said...

Wonder why they were put to death for drinking coffee? Can you imagine how that would be now?

betty said...

Sad about Lincoln's dog being assassinated. That is something new I learned today! Tonight at dinner we had family over for a meal and to swim. Shortly before dinner everyone's cell phone went off in a beep beep beep (obnoxious type beep). We thought Amber alert, but it was warning of a potential dust storm. Definitely not a drill, but something to prepare for (that thankfully did not materialize). Always good to be cognizant of what is going on around us.



interesting tidbit on kotex. who knew.

Dar said...

How terrifying that had to be when the announcement was ' for real.' I appreciate, yet too often, take for granted, all that our servicemen know, do and risk their lives over and over, for all of us. Today's drama that turns into tragedy sometimes, cannot compare. Thanks for sharing yet, another of your experiences showing all of us how you and your mates sacrificed daily. I can't thank you enough for your service and thank God that you are with us to tell these truths. I'm humbled.
love n' hugs from up north. Rain delays haymaking so back to working on the hunters dream in the woods. Have a wonderful week with your precious family.

I'm mostly known as 'MA' said...

On the news they said one of the sailors that lost their life, on the ship came from our area. I did not know the family, but still it was a sad thing for sure. Glad you survived your ship adventures. They would make you more aware of what goes on. Things happen when least expected and it is best to try and be prepared.

Glenda said...

Awesome trip down memory lane, love the ships and the cars! WELCOME BACK FOR HOWEVER LONG...ENJOY!!!

Mevely317 said...

If there's anything to this reincarnation business, I'd suspect I were a seaman(woman) in an earlier life. :)

The incident you speak of is, indeed a senseless tragedy. I try not to, but can't help imagining those poor, trapped souls' last moments.

Fortunately, my workplace is keen on all sorts of safety training and conducts major medical drills 3x each month (on differing shifts at different locales) .....the mindset being, when a Code 3 is called everyone automatically knows where to go and what to do.

Lisa said...

Wow about the coffee. I bet there were a lot of people drinking in the closets!
Speaking of drama and drills. You should see my next post!

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