The final days just
before sea trials and then Patrol would most times be the busiest and at
times tempers would be short fused.
Though we knew that
shortly we would be spending months submerged in the ocean, the rigors
of being in port would be behind and there would be more time for leisure.
It would be a welcome respite to the long days and late nights.
Here was a rare
occasion to have the entire A-Gang crew altogether for a photo. This was
the Gold Crew A-Gang from late 1978 and early 1979. I attempted to doctor
it up the best I could so we that everyone could be seen. The original
photo was quite obscured. I hope that I have spelled all the names correctly
so here we go:
left to right starting at the bottom- Hiles, Woodard, Maliwanag: Second
Row- Dashnow, Clark, Peska: Third Row- Gorzock, Wilbanks: Fourth Row- Horton,
Hall: In Back- Graves.
It seems that
just prior to getting underway, there would be a rash of tag-outs to complete
last minute details. A note for those who might happen to be reaching this
page without knowledge of Navy terminolgy, a tag-out is a procedure used
to insure the line up of the system being worked on will not be altered
causing harm to an individual or damage the ship. As you see around me
in this picture, there are a number of tags hanging to insure these different
systems are not altered. Well, it is now time to clear all the tag-outs
so we can begin our patrol. Let's go on to the next
to view a few of the activities while on patrol.