For those who served in the RVAH Community, their families, and friends!

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 took , green water on the flight deck, a bit  of catwalk damage forward, a lot of rock and roll, sea sickness....

The view from the ASSC back porch was awesome. As the seas rose destroyers disappeared between waves with only the masts visible. Unfortunately the photographs I took have been lost. 

I think I have the details correct. Henry Howard and Sam Zadjura were on that cruise also, maybe they can correct any errors my 72 year old brain has messed up.

As I recall CDR Huber was killed later that fall when his plane crashed near Albany Georgia.


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Comment by Gary Wiggins on October 2, 2019 at 2:07pm


       You are spot on correct on all the details in your post. I was on the flight deck with Sam Zadjura when the cans were dumped. That was some real gnarly seas too. I remember getting the call when Cdr. Huber went down. Sad day.

      Gary Wiggins ATR 2 SLR / IR.

Comment by Brad Jones on October 1, 2019 at 11:21am

According to my records, RVAH-12's CDR Huber ejected from BuNo 151620 at NAS Albany, GA on 5 March 1970. May he RIP.

Comment by Bill Shea on October 1, 2019 at 9:59am

Thanks John for the comments! I'll include them in next months Newsletter!!

Comment by Douglas Moore on September 30, 2019 at 12:57pm

Yeah! Remember the night well. Ship's crew were warned all weather decks were closed and to stay below,  Shipmate Carlson and I climbed out the little hatch outside the ASB shop space on the 03 level to take a look and watched as a wave broke over the flight deck! We looked each other in the eye and beat feet  back inside and dogged down the hatch behind us. The next morning we went up on the catwalk to find that a section of it forward of the island had been stripped back from the force of the sea. Have had since that night an awesome fear of the power of the mighty oceans deep. AQB3 Doug Moore

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