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Name: Ron Walker
Dutton, 1969-1971
Post from 09-28-2020, 11:35

Dutton in the Firth of Forth, 1969
Dutton in the Firth of Forth, 1969

Name: Ron Walker
USNS Dutton, 1969-1971, USN
Post from 09-27-2020, 19:48

Nice to see the site up again.

Name: Linda Petitpas
Bowditch, Dutton, Hess/1980-1983/NAVO Rep
Post from 08-22-2020, 19:50

I had the honor and privilege to work with the wonderful crews of the Bowditch, Dutton, Hess (and Chauvenet and Wyman) while a NAVO rep from 1979 - 1983. I thank you so very much for bringing back some of my most wonderful memories of my youth with this website. I have compiled the dates, ship and imports I enjoyed while working for NAVO:
March - May 1980 Bowditch; Bermuda; Norfolk, VA; Richmond, VA
Nov - Dec 1980 Bowditch; Port Everglades, FL; San Juan, Puerto Rico; Port Canaveral, FL
June - Sept 1981 Dutton; Port Hueneme, CA; Seattle, WA; Port Hueneme, CA
Oct - Dec 1981 Bowditch; Rota, Spain; Lisbon, Portugal; Port Canaveral, FL
Mar - Jul 1982 Hess; Oakland, CA; Honolulu, HI; Portland, OR; Yokosuka, Japan
Dec '82 - May 1983 Bowditch; Cocoa Beach, FL; Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, Canary Is, Spain.
I could not have asked for a better job out of college. I was the first female on the Chauvenet in April 1979 when I reported onboard in Subic Bay, Philippines - a LOT of firsts on that trip!!!

Name: Donald Fatzie
Dutton, Bowditch, Michaelson 1966 - 1972 NAVOCEANO
Post from 08-19-2020, 12:15

Great site, keep up the good work

Name: Peter Hansen
Post from 08-06-2020, 11:56

Very nice website...

Name: Constance lane niclas MHA
Post from 07-28-2020, 13:17

I just read your comments about my beloved god father captain Wilhelm Frederick Bondeson . He was born in Goteborg, Sweden And rests in the family plot I was notified by the U S consulate when he died. In1947 my father was first mate to uncle bill and was asked to be a god father. He was under cover OSS, officer spoke 4 languages and helped with the German infiltration to the u s.

Name: Judith Murante
Post from 07-28-2020, 09:29

The Captain was a good friend of my dad and family. We called him Uncle Bill. It was wonderful to see his photo and information on his ship.
Thank you. Judith


Thanks to Judith for the posting. She is referring to Captain Wilhem F. Bondeson, master of both Michelson and Bowditch at various times.


Name: Bill Truslow
1980-1989 Gravity rep NAVO
Post from 07-22-2020, 18:01

Made a lot of great friends on Hess, Bowditch, and Dutton

Enjoyed long tours on all three ships but the Dutton was my favorite

Between Jan 1984 and Aug 1989 I spent more time on the Dutton than I did at home.

Four months after the Dutton was retired I left NAVO.

I sailed on the last voyage of both the Bowditch and Dutton

Still hear from friends from all 3 ships. Feel free to share my email


Bill's email is:


Name: John Livingstone
USNS Bowditch
Post from 07-21-2020, 22:46

Great site! It brings back many great memories. A big hello to all the people that I met on the journey! - John Livingstone

Name: Chas mayfield
Ocunit 3 tags 23 hand Michelson 1968-1969
Post from 07-03-2020, 16:32

Unit yeoman. Responsible for records. Streamed magnetometer with Bill Dutcher the photographer.

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