There I was on the wiki-site concerning the DD-989 and the two main images are the Deyo escorting the Russian Carrier, Admiral Kuznetsov. 10 DEC 91. Hmmph. Seems I was on that flight and it was on the 5th or 6th. I looked into my logbook to verify the dates and times. And I do remember the photographer on that flight, Photographers Mate Second Class Vise, USN. The Team brought all the goodies for properly studying the Kuznetsov, and they had the early versions of the digital cameras, in fact the first I had ever seen. This was so the digitized photos could be data linked back to Washington D.C. in almost real time, right after landing on the Deyo.
Us Antisubmarine Warfare Operators used to use these klunky 35 mm cameras for regular intel stuff (like ships or surfaced subs) which were not going to be adequate on those historic flights, so the Fleet decided to bring in the Combat Camera team to do the job right. This was the first time we would see the newest Russian Carrier, so our ship was tasked to follow from the Black Sea all the way to Gibraltar.
Our helo detachment had five pilots and two enlisted aircrew, and the regular complement in the SH-60B was two pilots and one aircrewman, so me and my colleague were flying our butts off, available for all missions required. Our helicopter was constantly on the move carrying the Navy Combat Camera team for close in photography and I also set out a few sonobuoy barriers to record the acoustic signature of the Kuznetsov as it passed through our mini-barriers. I used a Sony walkman illegally wired into the acoustic circuit to make the tapes which were turned in with all the other gathered intel. Looking back, I'm sure my tapes were laughed off because one or more of our sub's were probably making better recordings as they tagged along. But I have no actual knowledge of such a thing occurring and I may be wrong, just a guess.
|Photo by PH2 Vise USN. I am fairly positive that I am standing right next to the photographer as this was taken.|
|Photo by PH2 Vise USN|
We pulled in to Rota Spain after handing off the trail duties to another ship, and we got to prepare for the return home.
|We had a couple musicians in the Detachment who thought it would be cute to change the existing squadron Fox to a Disco Fox.|
|Official Navy Cruise Patch for that cruise|
I was over at another site and this blogger called Mellojihadi had an even better description of the Navy Shower phenomenon. People conserving water at home have taken up with the staggered shower concept. Not me! I take Hollywood Showers whenever I can. My water bill, my choice. But on a sailboat we do conserve because water is precious.