SEA TRIALS – TESTING THE BOAT AND THE CREW

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SEA TRIALS – TESTING THE BOAT AND THE CREW

Out of the vast cauldron of experiences related to being a Submariner, memories of one experience on submarines normally dominates above all the rest for someone who was a Plankowner of a sub.

Sea Trials

I have a lot of memories of the sea trials on board the USS San Francisco since I was standing watch as the Auxiliaryman of the Watch in the control party at the time.

I remember Admiral Rickover arriving on board as we prepared for the trials. I specifically remember how old he looked in 1981 and frail. But his actions for the next two days were anything but frail. He left a very deep impression on everyone who was on board that fast attack submarine. I stood just a few feet from him at the end of the trials and listened to one of the…

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