The Navy that I was in. It ain’t the same, anymore.

When I entered the Navy, Nixon was the CinC. When I retired, it was Billy Clinton.
Back then girls did not go to sea. Now they are in Command. Now they fly F/A-18s at sea.
The crossing of the equator, The Shellback Intiation was a difficult thing, sometimes very difficult. It was a right of passage. Now it is dinner theater.
We wore dungarees. Chiefs and Officers wore khaki. Now everyone wears three tone blue jammies. The winter blue(Johnny Cashes) and Trop White Long have been replaced with a Black and Tan with piss cutter cover. Ugly. As. Sin. Some BM2 Recruiter told me it as to lighten the Sea Bag. Good Grief! I hauled all kinds of shit around for twenty years! It was the way it was!
In 1974, the F-14 Tomcat was brand new to the Fleet. The primary fleet fighter was the F-4 Phantom II. It is now the F/A-18E/F Super Hornet. The Hornet series is also the attack platform in it’s legacy and super versions. We had the A-7 Corsair II and The A-6 Intruder. The Intruder was the finest medium attack aircraft ever built. We could hit downtown Tehran from a Deck, if jimmy carter would have let us, anyway. And the Tomcat boys needed us in the tanker mode. Those Grumman Kitty Cats used a lot of fuel.
No one I served with will ever say anything bad about Ronald Wilson Reagan. That man truly loved all of us in uniform. Jimmy Carter and Bill Clinton will be vilified by any who has served honorably. They are both worthless scum. This Old Sea Dog stands on this statement. I have done more for the Republic in a single day than either of those two “gentlemen” have done in their collective lives. That also applies to the current CinC, Obama.

Enlisted Air Warfare Specialist Wings
Petty Officer, First Class
Rating Device for Aviation Structural Mechanic
My Ribbon Stack
LTV A-7 Corsair II
Grumman A-6E Intruder
North American T-2C Buckeye
Grumman EA-6B Prowler of VAQ-140. Retired from Active Service in this Squadron.
About a year before I retired. Taken aboard USS George Washington, CVN73, September of 1992
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6 thoughts on “The Navy that I was in. It ain’t the same, anymore.

  1. Loved the old F-4! Though also spent a lot of time with the P-3 (all versions), and C-117/118 (the DC-3 airframe has no equal..it is Ensign proof!). Spent time in VAQ-34 when it was out of NAS Pt Mugu. We had, at one time, the first female commanding officer of an “operational squadron”. Had no real qualms about that…but the underlying issues of women in the military…that’s another thing altogether. Served along side “women in the Navy/Sailors who happened to be female”, my first couple of tours. Then things really started to change…and not for the better. Test scores “adjusted” to allow for more females to advance in various ratings…PFT scores “adjusted” to allow them to pass it. We are either a level playing field for all…or the whole thing will fall apart. And don’t get me started on the PC factor (Have a son in now…and things are NOT the same..as they were 20-30 years ago.)

    1. You served under Rosemary Mariner? I got to meet Jane O’Dea at NAF Naples in 76.
      I have known one that asked for no exceptions. She was an AMS2 in my Airframes Shop Mid Check in VA-128 in 89-90 Retired two years ago as a .LCDR.

  2. virgil xenophon

    Don’t know why I’ve never commented before, but just have to say that your statement ” I’ve done more for the Republic in a single day…” probably applies to most of us. I do a slow burn (and sometimes not so slow) every time I think about the likes of Obama, et al. To think of the sacrifices we all made being washed down the tube. This Fossil is a bitter man and not ashamed to say so..

  3. ceefive

    In bootcamp we got our seabag which included the whitehats which we wore like boots until some salt showed us how to roll em and make em look decent. Now,while watching doc films (usually some big ol air craft carrier) I see hash mark sailors wearing their hats just like we did in boot camp. Is it possible that today’s Navy has no one who remembers how to roll their hats?

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