Once leaving port,
the submarine would be surfaced only long enough to get into safe submergence
While on the surface
after docking and prior to docking special all hands watch was instituted
called the Manuevering Watch. This would include lookouts as well as other
special procedures for docking and undocking.
Once the vessel was
submerged, a normal underway watch was set. Most watchstanders throughout
the ship would spend the next 2 months standing three section watches,
6 hours on watch, 12 hours off watch.
During off watch
periods there were an assortment off activities to occupy our hours besides
Some of these activities
included qualifying both on the submarine as well as individual watchstations.
More about qualifying will come in a later page.
Once on patrol
there would be plenty of watches to occupy our hours. Generally we would
stand 6 hours on watch and 12 hours off watch. While on watch, depending
on the watch we were standing, we would have certain routine responsibilities
as well as being qualified to handle any emergencies. Here I am on Christmas
Day 1978 standing Auxillaryman Forward Watch as I would also make hourly
passes through the Torpedo Room . There was also at all times underway
a Torpedo Room Watch.
Once off of watch
there were an assortment of things in which one could involve himself with
if he chose to. After having chow (breakfast, lunch, dinner, depending
on the time in which you were getting off watch) if all our qualifications
were completed or up to date we might watch a movie, read a book, play
cards, or something like you see here, spend time in the Missile Compartment
Lower Level working out. This was my favorite pastime. There was also Ship's
Preventive Maintenance and equipment repairs that needed to be tended to