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USS Nevada (SSBN-733) Tiger Cruise, March 2011

Started by Scott Henry. Last reply by Mark A. Davis Aug 31, 2019. 2 Replies

This is my uncle's account of his time on board USS Nevada (SSBN-733) during a week long tiger cruise from San Diego, CA to Bangor, WA. This also happened to be my last time ever underway on a…Continue

USS Pasadena

Started by Patricia Hudson. Last reply by Scott Henry Apr 3, 2017. 1 Reply

My son reported for duty at San Diego back in May. He's a FT and is attached to the USS Pasadena. Any other Pasadena parents out there?Continue

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Thanks Navy Dads - Submariners

Started by David Burkham. Last reply by Scott L. Waller Jan 17, 2017. 2 Replies

Today is my son's last day in the USN.  He performed his five year contract for submarines and decided that was enough for him.  I tried to convince him to stay in, as did his cousin and an uncle…Continue


Started by Terry Skinner. Last reply by Mike Walker Sep 26, 2015. 3 Replies

This proud Navy dad just got an email from my son who is nearing the completion of his first deployment (STS aboard USS Annapolis) saying he just passed his board in his quest for his Dolphins!  My…Continue

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Comment by Terry Skinner on December 3, 2015 at 8:09pm

Hi Ross,

Congrats to your sailor!  According to my son, who is on the USS Annapolis, Command selects a "sailor of the quarter" and a "sailor of the year" based on his/her performance and success.  "Blue Jacket of the Quarter" is a very commendable award, indeed!

Comment by Ross Rogers on December 2, 2015 at 4:06pm

Anyone know what they mean by Blue Jacket of the Quarter.

My son was referred to as the "Blue Jacket of the Quarter" by his  Captain  in a FRG Newsletter.  I don't really understand what they mean.

He is on the USS Alabama 731 Gold

Comment by Mike Walker on September 24, 2015 at 8:49pm

My son is on the Missouri USN-780, any other Missouri dads here?

Comment by ctyankee on March 6, 2015 at 4:04pm

Hey Don,

  My son got his dolphins on the Kentucky (Blue), then he was on the Green crew when it went into drydock for fuel, mods, etc., then he went to the Maine.  Since it's his first cruise and the reactor of the Kentucky was just recently refueled (once every 20 years), they probably won't let him peek at the 'hot-rock that makes the sub go...' :^) {sorry guys, nuke humor}

 And now he's finishing up his enlistment and will be *HOME* in a few weeks!!  His mother and I are counting the days.  

Comment by mlongst on March 6, 2015 at 2:17pm

Don C,   my son Mike is  a nukeMM  on the Kentucky.  He's been there since July and is anxious to get his first cruise under his belt.  A tiger cruise would be amazing.

Comment by Don C Douglas Jr. on March 6, 2015 at 12:08pm

My Tiger Cruise on the Stennis, CNV 74 was a bucket list item and the bunks were tight but you are ready for them when the time comes.  Lots to do and see.  Our other son is a sonar tech on USS Kentucky SSBN 737 and we got a tour of his boat a few months ago.  Very impressive these subs.  More room than the fast attacks and nothing like what Hollywood depicts.  Now if I can just get a Tiger Cruise on this boat!

Comment by Scott L. Waller on March 6, 2015 at 11:39am

Grant, Thanks there are less harder ways to become an Officer. Most people do no know what a Mustang is. My father was a true mustang. He dropped out of high school and enlisted in WWII. I remember when he was just First Class, when he made Chief, Warrant Officer and finally an Officer. He retired as a Lieutenant with 30 years. If he would have stayed he would have made Lieutenant Commander the next year. Not bad for someone that dropped out of school in the 11th grade and never became  a 90 day wonder. 

Comment by Michael E. on March 6, 2015 at 11:15am

David B, I am about 6' and right at 250# it was a tight fit for both length of bunk and when lying on my side but certainly doable. You won't spend too much time in your bunk anyway.

Comment by David Burkham on March 6, 2015 at 11:00am

I think a Tiger Cruise would be great!  I don't know about sleeping though.  I'm 6'2" and north of 250#.  The stacked racks look VERY small.

Comment by Grant Miller on March 6, 2015 at 7:42am

Scott--going Mustang means joining the military as an enlisted and later earning the rank of an officer.


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