During the 1970's
the FBM crews would be separated as blue and gold. While one crew would
have the sub on patrol or re-fit, the other crew would be on R&R (Rest
and Relaxation) or training. We would fly by jet to our destination to
take over the vessel and the crew being relieved would return to their
home port for off crew.
The place we will
begin is at the arrival for taking over the vessel. In this case we will
be arriving in Rota, Spain. So let's check it out. You will find plenty
of pictures with some short narration.
Leading to the Tender
the plane upon arrival in Rota, a bus would drive us to the end of the
pier in the background where we would prepare to board the Sub Tender.
This picture was taken from off base looking over the bay. At night the
LaGuardia Seville Police patrolled those beaches. We use to hear quite
a number of horror stories of their impatience with anyone who did not
take them serious. I use to question them until one night Bruce B. and
I came up to a machine gun toting police while resting near the fence for
a breather while jogging. Though we did not understand their verbal language
we understood their symbolic language and took them very serious ever after
Line of Business
Because of the
time change, we would arrive in Rota with plenty of time remaining in the
day. We would first have to prepare our belongings for a short stay on
the tender prior to taking over the submarine from the returning crew.
This generally meant the first day we arrived, the sub was not yet there,
so we unloaded and went out to town knowing there would be little time
to sight-see once the boat pulled in. The persons here are familiar, but
sorry, can't remember their names. Maybe someone out there does. E-mail
me if you do or if it is yourself. Let us now take a journey for the next
couple pages through some of the streets and beachs of Rota before we get
down to business. Just click on the next button below and we will see you