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Please find attached the "Hooter News" newsletter from the 1971 Rota, Spain deployment where the squadron established the MMF there.We thank Ltjg. Tom Brem for providing the newsletter to the group. …Continue
Started this discussion. Last reply by Donald Stoffel Feb 20, 2016.
We were on board the Midway this past weekend. One of the retired F-4 pilots commented that is what not an uncommon event to land on the carrier with only one engine for the F-4. He was responding…Continue
Started this discussion. Last reply by Steven R. Ewing Jun 27, 2015.
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I arrived on the Saratoga in Mayport, FL June 15, 1970 a couple of days before the carrier left for the Med. I worked in the AQ line shop after completing mess duties.
I made the first 1971 Rota deployment where I worked in the MMF avionics AIMD van complex that we established there. I worked as an AQB3 in the AN/ASB12 van.
I spent a lot of time in NAMTRD schools in between deployments. I spent a few months before and after in the Albany AIMD avionics shop in both 1971 and 1972. I was assigned in early 1972 to work with the chief design engineer from Autonetics on fine tuning the new SATE test bench in the AN/ASB12 section of the shop. Autonetics was trying to sell all new SATE test benches to the Navy at that time. The new test bench was more of a solid state system that eliminated a lot of the relays in the old SATE bench. I never knew if the Navy purchased any more of these SATE test benches. This engineer was one sharp individual and taught me a lot in the few months that I was assigned to him.
I made the second Rota deployment in 1972/1973 and worked as an AQB2 in the AN/ASB12 van. Our van was authorized 7 people and we deployed only with three people and only two of us had one previous deployment under our belts. I spent the last half of the deployment in the van by myself as one squadron mate completed his service and the other squadron mate didn't cut it and was sent out to the detachment on the Forrestal.
I left Rota in May of 1973 to head back to college.