Sunday, November 27, 2005

Thanksgiving Sunday Submerged

Yes, I meant Sunday. Once on a boomer patrol the whole crew was surprised by a 1MC announcement by the XO, “Thanksgiving Day will be celebrated on Sunday instead of the traditional Thursday. Normal weekday routine will be carried out this Thursday.”

I’m not sure if this was the only time a submarine XO exercised such power, but it was the only time I had experienced or even heard of it. The amazing thing about this occurrence is that it seemed normal to experience another way to demand additional performance from the crew. (Thursday was a routine field-day day.)

Can anyone name the boat this occurred on??


At 3:40 AM, Blogger Vigilis said...

Andrew Jackson (G)?

At 7:20 PM, Blogger geezernuke said...

If this quiz had prizes you would have won. Since no other boat names have been submitted it just may have been the only time an XO countermanded a Presidential Order to celebrate Thanksgiving Day on the last Thursday in November.

Vigilis, did we share this historic occurrance as crewmates or did you get your info from another source?

At 4:14 PM, Blogger Vigilis said...

Geezernuke, I regret that we did not share some of our Navy service aboard the AJ. My answer was just a guess (something I have attempted over the years to refine).

Perhaps you were acquainted with another mustanger who retired as commander of the Charleston navy base. He was a rather exceptional CAPT - personally concerned some of SSN-593's crew had not been saved at the time of their deaths.

At 6:36 PM, Blogger Rob said...

Cheyenne? We ran drills on Easter Sunday once...


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