Happy Hour

"IF A LIFETIME CAN BE LIKENED TO A DAY, THEN THIS IS HAPPY HOUR!"
BUCK PENNINGTON

Mother, Mother Ocean

Mother, Mother Ocean, I've heard you call
Wanted to sail upon your waters since I was three feet tall
You've seen it all, you've seen it all
Watched the men who rode you, switch from sails to steam
In your belly you hold the treasures, few have ever seen
Most of 'em dream, most of 'em dream
Yes, I am a pirate, two hundred year's too late
The cannons don't thunder, there's nothin' to plunder
I'm an over-forty victim of fate
Arriving too late, arriving too late

Yoda

"Size matters not. Look at me. Judge me by my size, do you? Hmm? Hmm. And well you should not. For my ally is the Force, and a powerful ally it is."
―Yoda, to Luke Skywalker

Counted the Stars

Counted the stars on the 4th of July
Wishing we were rockets bursting in the sky
Talking about redemption and leaving things behind
I have these pictures and I keep these photographs
To remind me of a time
These pictures and these photographs
Let me know I'm doin' fine
We used to be so happy once upon a time
Once upon a time
But the sun sank west of the Mendocino County Line
And the sun sank west of the Mendocino County Line


""SOME SEE A GLASS AS HALF FULL, SOME SEE IT AS HALF EMPTY, I JUST WANT TO KNOW WHO’S DRINKING MY RUM."
Rumbear

Saturday, March 12, 2011

The Good Ship Kitty Hawk

Swiped from Wikipedia. This is the entry on the Good Ship Kitty Hawk that gives a brief description of my last deployment. Yup. Twenty four years ago. 


Kitty Hawk bid farewell to San Diego on 3 January 1987, as the ship departed her homeport of 25 years and set out on a six-month world cruise. During the circumnavigation, Kitty Hawk and CVW-9 again showed their commitment to safety by conducting a third fatality-free deployment. Kitty Hawk spent 106 consecutive days on station in the Indian Ocean and was again awarded the Navy Expeditionary Medal and the Meritorious Unit Commendation for its service. The world cruise ended at the Philadelphia Naval Shipyard on 3 July. Six months later, Kitty Hawk began a Service Life Extension Program (SLEP) overhaul. Kitty Hawk emerged from the yards on 2 August 1990. The overhaul was estimated to have added 20 years of service to the ship. The Aircraft Intermediate Maintenance Department was also awarded the Air Forces, US Pacific Fleet Departmental Excellence Award, the Black "E" for this deployment.
The Good Ship Kitty Hawk and her Battle Group underway in the Indian Ocean in 1987 during the Circumnavigation of The World.
The picture is from that deployment. Got a couple of little stars for ribbons from that one. MUC and Navy Expiditionary. Already had one of each by then

3 comments:

Andy said...

ORPO, Tooter Teague commanded the Kitty Hawk. Did you know him?

ORPO1 said...

Not when I was aboard.

Andy said...

Hi ORPO! I am pretty positive that Tooter served as Commander of the Kitty Hawk for about two years...woulda' been roughly '80, or '81.

I grew up next door to his Mom and Dad. His Dad was a real estate developer here in Bossier City, LA. His Mama was so proud...really our whole mid-sized city was. He was a "Bossier Boy." All-star football player, crazy as hell Navy pilot...the whole nine yards.

I remember that it was about that time because "everyman" video tape machines, and cameras were coming on the market. My Daddy (who had his foot broken by Tooter when they were in High School) owned an appliance & TV store, and we had access to big old clunky VHS taping equipment. I made a VHS tape of the Mayor, The Lion's Club, the Rotary Club...and his Mama congratulating him on his Command...kind of an "attaboy" from the city.

When he retired, he moved back into that same house where he grew up. His Mom & Dad had passed away. He served on the School Board, and in various civic organizations until he died. He died pretty young, too. He was 64, I think. Drank a lot...just sayin'...

I found this on the net:

http://navy.memorieshop.com/Kawishiwi/Teague/index.html

I will not go down and tell my children I didn't have the courage, the conviction, the commitment or the character to fight for this country...Don't go home and let your children down~~ LTC Allen West

Publius Flavius Vegetius Renatus

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