** God Bless your service whomever you were and whatever you did in the Fleet! **
Date: 7/5/2019 3:57:49 PM ( 17 mon ) ... viewed 335 times
From a reply on Naval service the 4th July 2019
The question was, what did you do in the US Navy, and would you change it?
My answer was an absolute NO change! * it was a character and skills builder which helped shape the rest of my life! learning team work and proper operation with other people!
It showed the " Can Do " Navy motto!
FTG 3 (Weapons Control Technician - both Gun and Missiles) it introduced me to electronics - computers and radar, plus being able to work with sophisticated tracking systems. Then learning how to improvise and function as a team member, on a 24 x 7 schedule. Also learned maritime laws and stood Bridge watches underway. Learned seamanship and proper ship's navigation and proper docking, ships to ship interaction plus the need for proper underway ships operation and communication!
Served on 3 Destroyers and had 175,000 Nautical miles at sea - with over 100 times of getting underway. Spent (2) Christmas overseas, saw over 20 countries.
Had some dangerous times but during those events, we were too busy care or really notice! It was the job we had responsibility for at sea: at sea rescues, evacuations from dangerous areas saving people from Riots - helped fight fires on other ships at sea, and assisted others overseas!
Thanks for your service whenever and where ever you did. I did not think much about the support of supply corps or support units, until much later when I worked on a floating offshore drilling rig - On Destroyers deployed we had fuel replenishment about every week, plus food and Ammo without which we would have soon been dead in the water! Learned that team work is the key, a much needed part of everyday human life!
God Bless your service whomever you were and whatever you did in the Fleet!
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