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WPD80
04-02-2005, 19:44
Is there any US Navy Carrier apes out here?

I was on the USS Constellation CV-64 from 1986-1989.

Tom;c

ggarciatx
04-02-2005, 22:37
Catapult and arresting gear. ABE3
same homeport as you too.

jerrytrini
04-03-2005, 11:31
USS Nimitz CVN-68 1980-1985
USS Lexington AVT-16 1988-1990
USS Peleliu LHA-5 1990-1993(if you consider it a "Carrier")

I was not a deck ape but nonetheless a "Flattop sailor".

I served 20 full duty active years and damn proud of it.

Go Navy!!!!!

WPD80
04-03-2005, 14:09
Originally posted by ggarciatx
Catapult and arresting gear. ABE3
same homeport as you too.

AH YES, the good ole' NASNI. I have ate many a pizza's and pitchers of beer on North Island. Do you remember what the name of the Mexican fast food joint was, something like "Del Taco", not Taco Bell. Man I loved the food there.

Tom;c

ggarciatx
04-03-2005, 14:14
i loved their mexican food there too. reminded me alot of home. grew up on the Texas border of Mexico. do you remember the bowling alley and flagship pizza at the NRTC? we treaded the same harbor water at the same time did'nt we. ;f

WPD80
04-03-2005, 14:23
yes, yes we did! I know exactly where you are talking about. I also don't suppose your remember the name of the mall downtown San Diego? I remember missing home, and going there and watching movies all day.

Those were some good times. I was on the Connie for 3 years, did two west pac's then transfered to ADAK AK. I went to radioman A school also in San Diego.

Spent three years of my life there, and enjoyed them all!

Tom;a

truckstop cop
04-05-2005, 16:24
carrier sailor here also,EN1 RETIRED, i was in reactor aux.on board the USS DWIGHT D. EISENHOWER CVN 69,.i was also stationed at nab coronado for 10 years and yes the name of that taco place on nasni was del taco,damn good eats,but there were several great mexican places in san dog,one was down the strand a ways just inside of imperial beach i have the name on the tip of my tonque...and that mall downtown,damn ,i cant think of the name either...

TScottW99
04-05-2005, 17:30
Not a flot top sailor, (ATS-3 Salvage ship) but spent time at San Dog and Long Island. Now you have me wanting Del Taco ;f

Did any of you eat at Mc P's on Long Island, on Orange Ave? Great food and beer!

JaviFL
04-06-2005, 07:56
Originally posted by WPD80
yes, yes we did! I know exactly where you are talking about. I also don't suppose your remember the name of the mall downtown San Diego? I remember missing home, and going there and watching movies all day.

As a corpsman, I went to corps school down there at Balboa Hospital. Wasn't the name of that mall Horton Plaza or something like that?

WPD80
04-06-2005, 09:16
YES YES, that is it....Horton Plaza! I just called a friend of mine in San Dog, and he confirmed this also. Man those were great times...Standing out on the "GRINDER" holding that M-1 Garand that weighed in at 95lbs, sunburned foreheads, and a BM1 that I think did not like polish people! HAHAHAHA

Tom

jawjaboy
04-06-2005, 14:35
USS LEXINGTON CVT16 1970-1972........IC2

truckstop cop
04-07-2005, 14:34
yep horton plaza, and the mexican place was jalisco's down there on the strand..oh what memories..

tscott, i was also a salvage sailor,USS RECLAIMER ARS 42 PEARL HARBOR HAwaii, DID 2 WES PACS ON THAT PIG..

EUPHER49
04-19-2005, 14:07
Originally posted by jawjaboy
USS LEXINGTON CVT16 1970-1972........IC2

USS LEXINGTON CVT 16 1968-1969......ETR2, OE DIV

VA27
05-04-2005, 18:50
I did two WestPacs ('68 and '69-'70) with VA27 (A7 Corsair II) on the Constellation when it was "CVA 64".

WPD80
05-05-2005, 08:04
Cool, then we have walked some of the same passage ways then!!! She was the best carrier in the fleet IMHO!! Take Care shipmate!;)

Tom

SwampDruid
05-05-2005, 19:23
Cruised on the Ticonderoga in VF-53 ("Pukin' Dogs") in '60 & 61.
Constellation in VF-142 ("GhostRiders") in '68 & '69.
Independence in VA-12 ("World Famous Flying Ubangis") in '73, '74, & '75/'76.
A few carquals on Oriskany, Lexington, & JFK at different times.

22 years went by so fast.

Can't remember any bad times unless they were good times. (Vets Know.)

VA27
05-05-2005, 20:26
Hey SwampDruid, were you there when one of Heavy 5s RA-5Cs was stripped for corrosion control, with nothin' on it but a coat of zinc chromate, and someone stenciled "MELLOW YELLOW" on it?

SwampDruid
05-06-2005, 06:36
To VA27

About the only thing I can recall about the RA5s was 2 of our F4's were supposed to fly escort for an A5 "photo shoot" across most of NVN. The A5 pilot told our F4 guys something to the effect "I'm going in in afterburner and will be over NVN for about 90 seconds. You guys head south feet wet and I'll meet you south of the DMZ." He did just that. He beat our guys to the DMZ. The A5s may not have been too pretty on the flight deck, but stripped slick like they were those babies could FLY FAST.

Oh, yeah, I remember I almost crapped my pants the first time I saw an A5 dump fuel on approach and the dumped fuel lit off. A sight to see. Got to be a commonplace occurrence.

Edited to add.....The A5 took a full load of fuel before starting his run and had to take on fuel after to make it back to the Connie.

RussP
05-06-2005, 07:37
http://www.knology.net/~fstop16/Cod.jpg

LBTRS
05-08-2005, 16:45
Still active duty. Served onboard USS Midway CV-41 from 1988-1991 in AIMD/IM3 Division. I was an AT2 back then.

9508
05-15-2005, 18:36
"W" Division USS Nimitz '81 - '84
"W" Division USS Theodore Roosevelt '89 - '91.

KIDCOP
05-16-2005, 07:34
I was a winger on CV41, 61, 62 and 68. Retired in 93.

milkcartonkid
05-18-2005, 08:48
Hi All! I wasnt on the "Connie" but my ship the USS Lake Erie CG70 was the Aegis Air Cover for Her Battlegroup along with the USS Chosin, during our WESTPAC in 94-95. I was an Aircrew Rescueman for HSL37 the "Easyriders" which were SH60B (at that time) and a member of R Div (Repair 2 Hose Team Leader!)

My Gosh, we UNREP'ed alot because of Her! Fun times.

VA27
05-18-2005, 09:37
The UNREP...an exciting time! Being an AD, I mostly stayed out of the way and took pictures. A guy I went to high school with was aboard with the ship's band. I always thought that was a cool gig, until our first UNREP. As I was wandering around taking pictures I found Johnny...busting down bomb pallets and hauling the bombs down to the magazine! That kinda took all the shine off the band job!

milkcartonkid
05-18-2005, 17:31
^^ yeah the UNREP isnt to glamourous!! I think i might have ruined more than my share of coveralls with that oil soaked line that the Oiler sent over to us for us to heave around on!!

still very good times. Late nights but fun nevertheless. (looking back and laughing now, of course! :) )

mral65
05-24-2005, 11:54
USS Midway CV-41
WestPac 1971-72
VF-151
AQ


The Midway is now a Aircraft Carrier Museum in San Deigo

duner
06-16-2005, 21:05
USS Ranger 1989 - 1993

Lester Long
06-28-2005, 19:34
Not a bird farm sailor, but spent many UNREPs alongside the Skidway, ****ty Kitty, Ranger, Lincoln, and Vinson. Carriers? No thanks.