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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 Mike Walpole on March 6, 2015 at 6:36am

Getting on the boat is pretty cool.  My family met our son at The Pearl when he returned to port (SSN 698 Bremerton) after his first assignment.  A couple days later we got a tour.  Later that year I got to go on a 1 day dependant cruise too.  Due to a propulsion problem, we didn't get to submerge, but we did put to sea and return to port.  I did get to see HI from the sail.


My son is not on the boat at this time as he developed a medical issue that put him on shore duty.  He's still at The Pearl and still has a room in the Towers though.

Comment by Scott L. Waller on March 5, 2015 at 11:17pm
That would be a dream of a lifetime to transit from Pearl. Brian's been on the same boat for over 4 years.
Grant what's "go Mustang"?
Comment by Grant Miller on March 5, 2015 at 9:54pm

Michael E. Thanks. My son is a nuc (or is it nuke?), too, and I know that access to that area of the boat is very restricted. He will start proto soon. Would love to see him go Mustang, but it's his life, not mine and I don't know if he really wants that, yet.  

Doing a cruise is definitely something I am VERY interested in. Short notice is somewhat understandable, but might make it difficult to arrange my work and family schedules. However...Carpe Diem!

God Bless those who serve and defend.

Comment by Michael E. on March 5, 2015 at 9:37pm
Darryl K, great to hear from a fellow Dad. We will will pray for their safety, and even more important thank them for their sacrifices.
Comment by Michael E. on March 5, 2015 at 9:35pm
Paul, I read that post when I found out I was going and you are right it is a good posting. I guess the biggest difference is that a "Boomer" is a lot bigger than an attack sub.
Comment by Michael E. on March 5, 2015 at 9:32pm
Grant miller, I was on the ship from Wednesday about 2:30 in the afternoon to Wednesday afternoon of the following week. The trip was the most incredible of my life. There is so much to see and learn about the sub as well as all of the crew and their jobs. My son is in the reactor crew so my time with him was limited but to be able to be on the samr ship as him sailing underwater I would not trade for the world.
I was on top of the sail when we were leaving Pearl Harbor the view was fabulous. We stayed under all the way to San Diego. It was a great homecoming for our boys. The best part of the trip was when my son woke me up and asked mr to come to the galley with to watch a movie ( something we love to do together) under water eating popcorn with my son.
I certainly hope that you have an opportunity to do sail with your son. It is worth every bit of the effort. Be aware that if you are meeting the sub in Hawaii they will not give you much notice. I had about ten days to clear security and get there.
I have realized I was wrong on the date it was August of 2013, it seems like yesterday. I get a huge kick out of telling my friends and clients about my cruise. I hope you get the chance.
Comment by NavyDads Admin (Paul) on March 5, 2015 at 7:45pm

read about one here (you guys have to explore the site more LOL!)

Comment by Darryl K on March 5, 2015 at 7:45pm

Michael E., my son is on the Albuquerque too, he was on that Westpac in 2014, but he got off in Pearl and flew back to SD, making room for the Riders, lol.... He's out there with your son again, his 2nd Westpac; the wife and I hope to go out when they pull in later this year. He's a 2nd generation Submariner, I spent 4 years pushing the 707 through the ocean after my 2 years of training.... Go Navy!!

Comment by Grant Miller on March 5, 2015 at 7:27pm

Seriously!?!  A Tiger Cruise on a SSN? And all the way from Pearl to SD?  How long were you on the boat?  If I am reading your post correctly, I am shocked. And now very hopeful to share that with my Sailor some day.

Comment by Michael E. on March 5, 2015 at 2:02pm

I had the enormous pleasure of taking a Tiger cruise on the USS Albuquerque (SSN 706) August of 2014.  We went from Pearl Harbor to homeport San Diego. I agree with you whole heartedly that the experience of meeting the Officers and shipmates of my son did a world of good in putting my mind at ease about his safety.

The moral on the boat even after an 8 month deployment was outstanding. The Captain and chiefs were more than helpful answering questions and keeping me informed about what was going on and how my son was doing with his career. MMN1,

My son is back on deployment and I received word that his Chief has made him an LPO. He is rightfully very proud of that as am I.

Bravo Zulu to all. 


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