Anyone interested in buying an ex-SURTASS ship (USNS Vindicator (T-AGOS-3))?
I wasn't too crazy about sea duty during my active duty days and I'm quick to say that's nothing has changed.
It'll be interesting to see if there are takers. Hopefully we will know Vindicator's final destination.
In a previous phase of my life, I may have been interested, but my pool is so small and the HOA would certainly disapprove. In a more serious vain, I whispered a prayer for our shipmates in the Virginia Beach area and hope that they survived the tornado that swept through there recently with little or no damage to property or person.
Good post Ben. Pat and I share your concern for our shipmates that reside in the Va. Beach area.
I called my good friend and Brother, MCPO Smock. and he assured me that his area was spared and then he sent me a link which showed the wide spread damage to the great Neck area.
Reports are that there no deaths or injuries reported and for that we are thankful.
John and Pat
Ah, the Salt Life! Spent about 5 months on the Vindicator. We took her to Charleston, South Carolina for 30 days (August, very humid!) in the Wando River Shipyard, then back to Little Creek for preps for deployment. Underway for backdeck training with 3 NOPF peeps onboard. Dropped them off at Bermuda and continued to the North Atlantic for an Exercise. Exercise was called off after 2 or so days due to large storm approaching. Exercise ships scattered, except us! We rode it out.
Then to Rota for some special comms gear, and then on into the Med. Mission end time came and went. Received message extending ops for two weeks (Oh Boy!). Two weeks came and went! (new message extending two more weeks ((Oh boy! for real)). Hot dogs were becoming standard fare).
Finally made it back to Rota with total days at sea about 120, twice the normal mission. So if you decide to buy T-3, remember, the ride stinks and the accommodations are very spartan.
AAaaahhhh, a Sailor that remembers what it was really like!!!!!
Often time, We old sailors get a fuzzy memory and only the good times shine through.
That sounds almost historic for a SURTASS ship!
Good post Paul.