- Feb 24, 2022
Yes, Dannyd - It was nice crossing the Pacific at high speed (34 kts constant) and not having to be refueled. It's funny how we would cross the dateline and lose a whole day (Sunday) going one way and then gain a whole day during the week (8 day week) coming back. One time we were side by side with the Enterprise and they had to take off at flank speed for some reason. They sent a message for us to get there when we could. We kicked it up to 34 knts at the same time as the Enterprise took off - and they disappeared over the horizon in 20 minutes!!! From the bridge I could just see the very top of the radar structure on the horizon. I couldn't believe it could be that fast - 30 plus knts top speed - yeah right! Yeah, Tonkin Gulf (Yankee Station) was boring most of the time. At night we were always at darken ship with dimmed running lights - we were yelled at by the watch for opening a door and letting out white light, but the Enterprise was lit up like Christmas with the hanger deck all nice an bright. We always thought the enemy would attack them first, but no planes ever came out to us, and I wanted to see another missile launch. The poor 1st division had to clean and paint the deck after a vertical launch - it really burned off the paint and deck tread.