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USNS WATERS (T-AGS 45)
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Navigation Research/Missile Range Instrumentation Ship - T-AGS
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Thanks!

I would have been happy just getting off of mail bouy watch for a couple of days, but -- SHAZAM! -- a dollar!!!! Can't wait to pry open the computer to get it out!

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email bouy watch I used to love getting the newbie's to stand watch on the USS Will Rogers - take them back to the internal launch winch for the BRA-8 antenna. It's alow freq receive antenna, big fat bouy style for the land lubber. The antenna was launched and set to ride about 50 feet below surface and had a slimy oozing steel cable to the drum.

Mail bouy watch was to stand there for hours holding the cable in your bare hand and waiting for a jingle that said the captain had finally hooked the bouy.
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Yee-Haw!

Yep, torturing newbies sure is good sport! A few favorite things to send folks for:

-- 100 yards of firing line
-- A can of squelch for the radio
-- The key for the oar locks
-- A box of grid squares
-- A left handed spark plug wrench
-- A package of chemlight batteries

Gotta love the "nurturing" aspects of service life...
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Did you guys just pull this crap off the net, or do you really know all that stuff you are talking about? If you really know it, my hat is off to you.

PS - other than the initials USNS, I sure don't understand what all that other stuff means!!! Again, wow. (Hey Sway, one of the vey few complements I ever pay ya! Mark this day in your calendar!)
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Did you guys just pull this crap off the net, or do you really know all that stuff you are talking about? If you really know it, my hat is off to you.
CD -- A really smart guy told me once that you don't need to remember everything, but should know where to look. I just did a cut and paste job from the Military Sealift Command website.

In a former life, I used to spend a lot of time with my nose buried in the various volumes of Jane's (kind of an encyclopedia of all things military, paramilitary, and even commercial).

On the other hand, Chuckles and Sway have had a lot more up-close-and-personal first hand knowledge of these beasts than I.

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CD,
For my part, personal knowledge, including all of Porfin's 'errands' and tricks (and a few more).
I was a radioman in the navy - signalmen (panty wavers) worked in the same department and often under me once I became a chief - I was responsible to train them in ship recognition etc.. hence knowing what various boats look like (I too lived with Janes ). I served on three different occasions for the military sealift command. Working with SURTASS ships (the USNS Invicible for one, when she was a T-AGOS), at the Lant fleet HQ upgrading USNS communications to modern suites for two, and then was Officer in Charge of the Military Detachment on USNS Apache, T-ATF 172 out of Little Creek Va in 97, until a severe case of gout made me unfit for sea duty on a vessel without adequate medical care.

Now, could someone get me a box of ST-1 (stone) so I can counterbalance my ego?
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I lasted eight months working for the gummint on an MSC oiler in the Med. That was more than enough exposure to the gummint and the Navy, in that order. I did, later on, work on some of the MPS, prepositioned ships, but was fortuanate in that case to be exposed to a better class of gummint employee, the US Marines. In both cases, terminal boredom set in, and I found it better to sail in ships that were actually going somewhere and moving cargo.

Quartermasters, signalmen, and bosunmate's were the only men I seemed to encounter who actually enjoyed being at sea versus shore duty. Of course, that was back in 1980 and we'd just spent the last peace dividend in the Carter administration. If you were an enlisted man, or a low ranking officer, those were surely dismal days indeed. Even with sea-pay, most struggled to support their families on what was paid. The rot from the top was so bad that the Navy was game for most any silly idea to increase retention. Somewhere in the 70's they introduced the concept of the "sea service ribbon" by which one was distinguished over those who joined the Navy and never went to sea. Many were the young recruits who found out that, contrary to what had been implied, they might actually have to go to sea. How they ended up in the Navy in the first place is the type of legendary salesmanship usually only discusses in used-car dealer gatherings. Fortunately, a guy named Reagan came along and decided that the Navy needed more ships, fewer high-priced admirals per ship, and a living wage for the guy's with chevrons on their sleeves.

Later, I missed the fine young BM's, QM's, SM's, and Marines but never looked back at all on the incredible amount of paperwork and busywork all involved around doing just about nothing.
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Impressive guys. Bet you have a lot of great stories. Thanks.

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