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Jeffrey Smith
Post # 296
01-24-2024 | 17:43

Was on the Dutton a couple of times. Most memorable embarked in Guam, inport in Diego Garcia, then Barbados & debarked in Jacksonville. Around the world in almost exactly 80 days!
Scott Natte
USNS Bowditch T-AGS 21
Post # 295
01-08-2024 | 17:15

One of few US Navy personnel from 1982 to 1984. ET Nav Tech. Assigned/Boarded ship in 1982 at Las Palmas, Grand Canaria, SP and departed when dry docked in Port Canaveral, FL in 1984 due to medical discharge. Email:
Christine Headley
Mike 64, 65, Bowditch 66, Mike 67, 68, 69, 70, 71, 72
Post # 294
01-02-2024 | 22:38

02 January 2024 21 hrs MST

Had a great conversation with Fred Martin a few days back. It had been 50 years since we last spoke. It was a great honor and pleasure talking with him.

Best wishes to all for a wonderful New Year.
Joseph A. Rugg ET2
USNS Bowditch/1986-87/OCU 1
Post # 293
12-27-2023 | 10:09

37 Yrs ago I boarded USNS Bowditch as a Fresh ET2, having cross rated from an RM. We were in port Rota Spain. Sea was calm, but being the land luber that I was, I got very sea sick. We pulled out into the Atlantic and headed north. LCDR C. Nelson was the CO. Thankfully by the time we hit rough weather I had gotten my sea legs. We were taking 35 deg rolls and it was a blast. We did an inport at Las Palmas, I road a camel on a volcano!!. I was inducted into the Merchant Marines, as our Civ Cook suffered a medical Casualty and I was the only one aboard willing to admit food service exp. We then headed south. We ran lines, and then had an engineering casualty. Got pulled into Rio. Did Carnival in Rio, then with ship OOC most of Us were flown to Gulfport. Damn Mardi Gras!! Most interesting year of a 23 year military career. God Bless all the Shipmates, both Military and Civilian.
Luis Ramirez
USNS Hess 1987
Post # 292
12-19-2023 | 08:43

Last year in the Navy for me was onboard the USNS Hess in 1987. Great way to end my 10 years of enlistment. Loved the sports and the people - the scientists, high caliber Navy personnel AND my own cabin. What was there not to like??. Peplo, Buzz, Carla, how are you all
Fred Martin
Michelson 1967-1969. Bowditch 1971-1972
Post # 291
11-03-2023 | 21:13

Tech rep for Bunker Ramo Corp.
Fay Ryan
1989 Merchant Marine
Post # 290
10-30-2023 | 05:39

My father, Captain Joseph W. Ryan, Mercant Marine, Master Mariner was stationed on the USNS H.H. Hess when it was at Port Canaveral. Does anyone remember him he passed away in 1998.

Admin Edit: If anyone wants to contact Fay, please send me a message from the Admin link on the main page.
Richard Hammer
1966-1967, Morgantown Victory, 1969, Canada Bear (8500shp)
Post # 289
10-27-2023 | 23:30

Morgantown Victory was broken out to haul ammunition to Viet Nam from Port Chicago, CA. I sailed as an oiler with the Marine Fireman's Union.
Pete Vargas
Post # 288
08-23-2023 | 13:08

Served 1981-1982 from OSP School, followed by sub duty.
Timothy Potter
Ocunit One USNS Bowditch Feb - 1981-Feb 1983 US Navy
Post # 287
08-06-2023 | 15:26

Was assigned to the Ocunit One out of D-Mins Navigation School at Submarine School Groton Ct. My friend Bill Ashburn who also attend the same school was assigned to ship as well . It was a great experience and learned a lot very quickly. After 30 days at see in rough seas, went back to the ship yard and about 1/3 of the crew transferred. The tech reps and NAOCEANO rep awesome and they were always willing to give guidance, both at sea and in port.
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