Anton M Robinson
OA Division - Aboard 1981-84
I just grinned at the photos of the 83-84 cruise, have not seen
those faces since then, brought back some memories
I was OA Division, ships company, shellback,
on board 81-84.
My most horrible memory is when we sat in the Indian Ocean for
121 days- I think 12 shipmates died from the explosion, lost 1
Had Russian nuke sub shadowing us for several days sitting
200NM away, had 2 aircraft loaded with explosives looking for us
off coast of Iman and we had to launch ALL aircraft off ship.
The night a guy jumped ship at night in '82, I knew him.
A helicopter went up for him, he waved it off, a swell caught
the helo and capsized it prop fragments raced through the air
over our heads into the hangar deck.
I was on weather watch on the signal bridge, a guy stood up
behind a turn-and-burn
got tossed over the side, I thought I was seeing things, called
a man overboard we searched for 3 days and only found his vest.
The day we went through the hurricane, It was my turn on weather
watch I sighted 5 water spouts and called to bridge for a hard to
port - maneuver.
My Div. officer was on detail during a Fuel Rep, he, William 'I
think that was his first name' Pertle, called an over correction in
the heading, we crashed into the tanker.