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Lost fuel can

Thoroughly enjoyed the October issue and the first hand accounts of Howie and Art's adventure.  One minor correction to Art's account as to that being the first time that an A-5 lost the aft can.  In reviewing my log book I find that on 19 July 1970, flying 156617 off of the USS Saratoga with RVAH-9, I dropped the number two can on the starboard cat with a resultant fire onboard.  Fortunately, my aircraft did not ignite.  Dumped fuel and recovered onboard after .3 flight time.  The event was…


Added by Richard Odegaard on September 30, 2019 at 3:22pm — 2 Comments

Sept 4, 1969 Independence Cruise - NATO

The CDR Huber fuel can ejection incident mentioned in the October news letter was not the only surprise during the cruise. RVAH-12 was deployed on a NATO exercise in the North Atlantic south west of  the UK. We were joined by vessels from several NATO countries.

September, as we all know, can be a bit unsettled with hurricanes churning around the Atlantic. Two storms joined the exercises producing 50 foot waves. All ships except Indy ran for the English channel, During the night we…


Added by John Hartman on September 30, 2019 at 10:31am — 4 Comments

RVAH-9 fellows '68-'71

Any Heavy Niners still around that did the '69 Westpac Ranger cruise, or Sara Med cruises in '70 or '71?    

I remember serving Billy Graham coffee while mess cooking down in Ranger's Chief's mess in '69.   

Also, we did an air show in the Med for President Nixon in '70.    We spent many weeks on shore in Rota, but can't remember the dates...

Added by Larry A Stone ATR2 on September 1, 2019 at 3:44pm — 3 Comments

Research Help==Afloat Operational Intelligence, the IOIC, and Its Role in the Early-1970s Sea Control Strategy

Why have I invited you to take part?

Your story matters, now more than ever, and your career provides understanding through experience during the study period (1965-1975) or in the application of lesson immediately following. The history of the Integrated Operations Intelligence Center (IOIC) is missing and I need Cold Warriors to help me tell its important role. Sea stories are encouraged!

I am asking you to take a questionnaire, it should…


Added by CDR Bryan Leese on December 31, 2018 at 12:39pm — 8 Comments

Merry Christmas 2018

 MERRY CHRISTMAS 2018 to everybody on this site & to all veterans everywhere !!!!!!!!

Added by peter c derose on December 25, 2018 at 11:45am — No Comments

Follow_Up on Dec. 7 2018 Hearing Washington D.C.

Court was convened and it was outstanding knowledge being presented by the Blue Water Navy Vietnam Veterans Association. If you aren't a member you need to join today.

Mr. Percopia was represented by an outstanding lady that was completely in control of the knowledge regarding the case.

She presented our case starting with Case Law pertaining to the case, International Territorial  Water rights of Nations and delivered the final blow when Veterans Affairs out-right…


Added by Donald Lee Frederking on December 12, 2018 at 3:06pm — No Comments


Dec. 7 2018 the U.S. Court of Appeals will be hearing a case that stems around the V.A.'s decision to cover

"Blue Water Navy Vietnam Veterans".

In 1991 Congress passed the coverage to those Vietnam Veterans "Presumption of Exposure" to Agent Orange.

The V.A.…


Added by Donald Lee Frederking on November 30, 2018 at 12:49pm — 1 Comment

Buz Sawyer flying the RA-5C

Nice article on Roy Crane's Buz Sawyer comic strip in the August    But did you know he "flew" the RA-5C in combat over North Vietnam.  This series of strips was published in 1966.  Here's a powerpoint presentation of selected strips.

Buz Sawyer flies the RA-5C

Rod Anderson

Added by Rod Anderson on August 6, 2018 at 2:44pm — 4 Comments

Shipmate no longer with us

Just wanted to let everyone know about my long time buddy that I met in 1971 has passed away.

David J. St. Amant passed away on 5/17/2018. He was from Tampa, Florida. I believe he was in the Navy from 1969-1975.

He was stationed in Millington, TN, Albany, GA, and Key West, FL. He was an AQ. He made several cruises to the Mediterranean and was on the Forrestal. I am not sure which squadron he was in besides RVAH-3.

We were stationed together in the places mentioned above.…


Added by Dan Reyes on May 22, 2018 at 5:07pm — No Comments


For the first four month's of the year that was in question but the man above decided to keep me on the right side of the grass.  My email address is still the same joebr@frontiernet.net and I do check it.

Added by Joe Brouthers on July 31, 2017 at 6:22am — 3 Comments


For the first four month's of the year that was in question but the man above decided to keep me on the right side of the grass.  My email address is still the same joebr@frontiernet.net and I do check it.

Added by Joe Brouthers on July 31, 2017 at 6:22am — 1 Comment

New email address - trickers@ymail.com

New email address - trickers@ymail.com


Added by Thomas Ernest Rickers on June 26, 2017 at 3:37pm — 1 Comment

Best Duty

I was squadron Cook while attached to 13 most of my time was spent TAD to the Galley ran the speed line  burger and dogs for lunch. Weekends were spent either in the barracks or the Bamboo Room(as were most nights) I was TAD to the Ranger Galley on the 74 West Pac, I left the squadron right after coming back from the Ranger. Loved the squadron parties on Friday the 13th, RVAH13 was most definitely the best duty station during my 6 yr tour, many memories, friends and tequilas for 50 cents at…


Added by Kevin A McInerney on June 25, 2017 at 8:18pm — No Comments

Good carrier ops movie to look for

Not sure you all have seen this but my cable company has been running a 1980 movie called “Final Countdown” – Kirk Douglas, Martin Sheen, Katherine Ross.  It’s a story about USS Nimitz operating around Hawaii and enters a time warp taking it back to Dec. 6, 1941.  Great carrier ops video and of deployed squadron operations.  Interesting is a brief shot as the limo approaches the base in the opening scenes of an RA-5C parked on the ramp at Naval Station Pearl (but had to be NAS Key West –…


Added by Jim Bennett on November 15, 2016 at 5:01am — 5 Comments

Veterans Day.....

To all my fellow Vigi Sailors....... enjoy and have a great Veterans Day

Fly NAVY !!

Added by Joseph Alleman on November 11, 2016 at 11:13am — 2 Comments

Political ad

New Trump ad bashing McCain and being captured, cameo shot of a Navy aircraft and BOOM! It is an RA5C Vigi. Nice, loving it.

Added by John M Huckno on August 14, 2016 at 12:44pm — No Comments


It is with great sadness I report the death of one CDR Jesse Stewart "Red" Cleveland!

You that spent any time at all at NAS surely have heard of him.  He was XO at Sanford prior retirement.

Death Notice can be found in todays issue of the Orlando Sentinel.

Added by Rodney D Chapman on July 7, 2016 at 12:05pm — No Comments

Heavy attack reunion in Sanford as usual the last weekend in June ya all come

That's all. May be one of the last come to this one

Added by William (bill) wilkins on June 23, 2016 at 10:00am — 2 Comments

Town Without Pity . .

Seems to me we have a huge dilemma in this country . . .

But I think our de-Commissioned carriers can come to the rescue.

We know a fully operational carrier will hold 4000- 5500 sailors. Hold all the food and water they need. Heck, they even have TV and Ping-Pong !

I think a de-commissioned carrier would make a fine 'community rehabilitation project' to help the worse of the worse re-commit to a lawful society. Who knows, some may survive the 'Town Without…


Added by Jerry Moffitt on May 1, 2016 at 9:57pm — 3 Comments


Has there been any more info concerning a Reunion Cruise in 2016?

Added by Bill Swoyer on November 17, 2015 at 8:42am — 4 Comments

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