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Storm coming to the east coast

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Date: Tue, 16 Sep 2003 16:06:06 EDT

>Military prepares to move ships and aircraft out of storm
>By JACK DORSEY, The Virginian-Pilot
>© September 16, 2003 |
>Last updated 1:31 PM Sep. 16
>Navy and Coast Guard officials are expected to issue orders today (Tuesday)
>to move ships and aircraft to safe havens in advance of Hurricane Isabel.
>In Hampton Roads, the Navy has 47 ships in port; 24 of those are expected to
>get under way, including the nation's newest aircraft carrier, the Ronald

>Six smaller ships, such as the 170-foot coastal patrol craft, will seek
>shelter at inland ports. The remaining 17 ships, including the carriers Eisenhower
>and Truman, are unable to go to sea because of various maintenance
>restrictions. They will remain in shipyards or at area naval bases, secured to piers,
>officials said.
>The Norfolk-based carriers Enterprise and George Washington already are at
>Aircraft at Oceana Naval Air Station in Virginia Beach and at the Norfolk
>Naval Station's Chambers Field will be flown inland, or housed inside hangars,
>officials said.
>Langley Air Force Base in Hampton plans to evacuate its F-15 and F-16 fighter
>jets as well as its C-21 transport planes this afternoon. They will fly to
>bases in Indiana, Florida, Illinois and North Dakota. Disabled aircraft will be
>moved inside, said spokesman Capt. Jeff Glenn.
>Because the storm is so large, officials were waiting until today to make the
>final recommendation as to when and where to move ships.
>They also said they didn't want to make the call too soon. When Hurricane
>Felix approached Hampton Roads in August 1995, the Navy sent its ships to sea too
>early because the storm veered away from the coast and ended up chasing after
>the ships, said Cmdr. Scott Livezey, the Atlantic Fleet's chief
>Plans call for the ships to head northeast from Hampton Roads and circle
>around behind the hurricane, then return to port from the south once it has
>Staff writer Matthew Dolan contributed to this report. Reach Jack Dorsey at
> or 446-2284.


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From: "Sam Villa" <>
Date: Tue, 16 Sep 2003 13:34:37 -0700

I remember Prov in 1968 going out to sea from Yokosuka, Japan
because of approaching typhoons. We ended up in the middle of
2 typhoons at sea and boy was I sick.

I can understand their waiting to see which way the storms
will go.

From: "Serra, H. Lawrence" <>

I remember that, too. In fact, we were in parts of five different typhoons on PROV. In the big one Don mentions I stood an OOD watch at night where PROV rolled more than her maximum ~43o maximum righting arm, but then returned VERY SLOWLY to vertical (the righting arm measurements were static tests; under the dynamic load of moving forward she could exceed 43o and right herself]. That was the same typhoon when the Chaplain was giving a wardroom lecture after lunch, PROV rolled, and the two bug juice machines flopped over flooding the deck with red and yellow juice. On the counter-roll the wardroom cabinets opened up and contributed broken crockery chards into the slop. The chaplain said "I think God is telling me to stop." Larry

Date : Sat, 20 Sep 2003 09:35:15 -0400
Subject : Re: Storms at Sea
From: "jhr1205" <>

I remember that roll also. We were topside and when we went below to our work
space (cic, below the marine compartment), we found them cleaning up 100 cups
of coffee from the coffee machine that had tipped over inspite of being tied to the bulkhead. .....Jack

Joe Turk, Leading Sonarman (SO1) in Fox Division

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Subject: Sonar Suite on Providence
Date: Wed, 3 Dec 2003 15:14:52 -0600

From: "Joe Turk" <> Save Address | Headers
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Date : Wed, 3 Dec 2003 15:14:52 -0600
Subject : Sonar Suite on Providence



I have yet to read anything about the sonar suite that was installed on the Providence around 1961-1962. Had the system aboard during the WestPac cruise, but then had the dome and transducer removed in Yokosuka.

The ship had made a visit to Sapporo, Hokkaido, Japan but was unable to tie up at the pier because of the added draft of the sonar dome. Had a transducer problem around that time and the transducer needed replacement.

COMSEVENTHFLT sent off a blistering message to the powers to be to place a plate over the dome location. That was done in the name of better foreign relations. Had a full sonar suite but was unable to operate it, so all sonarmen on board were up for transfer.

I went to a new construction in Philadelphia. I certainly know the full story as I was the leading sonarman (SO1) in Fox Division during that time period. No other CLGs had sonar installed although many of the CGs at the time had them.

Joe Turk
LCDR (LDO - Ret)

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