Ben Oostdam story # 430

THREE US NAVY STORIES

FIRST STORY (by seniority)
received from Ken Dalecki, whom I met in the Dominican Republic two years ago (Dec.2006):


AND NOW LET THE TRUTH BE KNOWN.........
FROM THE DAYS OF IRON MEN AND WOODEN SHIPS!!!
Merry Christmas and Happy New Year from an old salt!

LITTLE KNOWN NAVAL HISTORY..... .....

The U.S.S. Constitution (Old Ironsides), as a combat vessel, carried 48,600 gallons of fresh water for her crew of 475 officers and men.
This was sufficient to last six months of sustained operations at sea. She carried no evaporators (i.e. fresh water distillers!) .
However, let it be noted that according to her ship's log,
"On July 27, 1798, the U.S.S. Constitution sailed from Boston with a full complement of 475 officers and men,
48,600 gallons of fresh water, 7,400 cannon shot, 11,600 pounds of black powder and 79,400 gallons of rum."


Her mission: "To destroy and harass English shipping."

Making Jamaica on 6 October, she took on 826 pounds of flour and 68,300 gallons of rum.

Then she headed for the Azores , arriving there 12 November. She provisioned with 550 pounds of beef and 64,300 gallons of Portuguese wine.

On 18 November, she set sail for England.
In the ensuing days she defeated five British men-of-war and captured and scuttled 12 English merchant ships, salvaging only the rum aboard each.

By 26 January, her powder and shot were exhausted.
Nevertheless, although unarmed she made a night raid up the Firth of Clyde in Scotland.
Her landing party captured a whisky distillery and transferred 40,000 gallons of single malt Scotch aboard by dawn.
Then she headed home.

The U.S.S. Constitution arrived in Boston on 20 February, 1799, with no cannon shot, no food , no powder, no rum, no wine, no whisky,
and 38,600 gallons of water.

GO NAVY!!!



SECOND STORY (by seniority)
received from Hans v.d. Bos, my old KIM 1950-2 classmate
- who recommends that you turn up the volume when you play back this recording:

US Navy Presidential Ceremonial Honor Guard Drill Team



THIRD STORY (by seniority)
also received from Hans v.d. Bos, my old KIM 1950-2 classmate
- but this deals with the US MARINES - a tough lot - which seems to do very well in recruiting lately:

IT TELLS YOU HOW SOPHISTICATED OUR MILITARY IS TODAY.
Top This One For A Speeding Ticket
Two California Highway Patrol Officers were conducting speeding enforcement on I-15, just north of the Marine Corps Air Station at Miramar .
One of the officers was using a hand held radar device to check speeding vehicles approaching the crest of a hill.
The officers were suddenly surprised when the radar gun began reading 300 miles per hour.
The officer attempted to reset the radar gun, but it would not reset and then turned off.

Just then a deafening roar over the treetops revealed that the radar had in fact locked on to a USMC F/A-18 Hornet
(Northrop Grumman aircraft) which was engaged in a low flying exercise near the location.

Back at the CHP Headquarters the Patrol Captain fired off a complaint to the USMC Base Commander.
The reply came back in true USMC style:
~ ~ ~ Thank you for your letter. We can now complete the file on this incident.
You may be interested to know that the tactical computer in the Hornet had detected the presence of,
and subsequently locked on to your hostile radar equipment and automatically sent a jamming signal back to it, which is why it shut down.

Furthermore, an Air-to-Ground missile aboard the fully armed aircraft had also automatically locked on to your equipment location.
Fortunately, the Marine Pilot flying the Hornet recognized the situation for what it was, quickly responded to the missile system alert status
and was able to override the automated defense system before the missile was launched to destroy the hostile radar position.

The pilot also suggests you cover your mouths when cussing at them, since the video systems on these jets are very high tech.
Sergeant Johnson, the officer holding the radar gun, should get his dentist to check his left rear molar.
It appears the filling is loose. Also, the snap is broken on his holster.

Thank you for your concern.



Semper Fi
SEMPER FIDELIS!

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