Sunday morning, I flew into Newport State Airport in Rhode Island, to be met by blogger Old Air Force Sarge. He picked me up there, and we were off to Battleship Cove, arriving forthwith, with only a few detours (as in "see it but can't get to it") that he blamed on his GPS, road construction, high taxes and solar flares. Just a guess, but I'm thinking that he wasn't a navigator in the Air Force.
Finally, we got there and walked aboard a fine collection of warships, the first being the USS Joseph P. Kennedy jr., DD 850, a Gearing-class Destroyer.
Next, we went aboard USS Lionfish, SS298. Lionfish is a World War Two Balao class fleet boat. And as you can tell from prior posts, I loves me some fleet boats.
But Sarge tells the story better than I can, so I'll refer you to his site for his version of what happened.
It was also someplace in this control room where Sarge cracked his melon on a low-hanging box with sharp corners. Sadly, he didn't give me advance warning so I could video it. Would have been cooler than just hearing the mumbled profanity.
Next, we popped in on the Hiddensee, A Russian-made Tarantul I-class missile corvette that was built for East Germany in 1984 and commissioned Rudolf Egelhoffer. They used her from 1985 through 1990 when Germany was re-unified, and the German Kriegsmarine re-named her Hiddensee before decommission her in 1991. Then they gave it to the US Navy, which used her for five years for testing as USNS Hiddensee before eventually donated her here.
When I come back, USS Massachusetts.