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Posted: 9/10/2009 8:03:29 PM EST
[Last Edit: 9/17/2009 11:44:52 AM EST by JS98010]
For the past couple weeks, I've been wandering around New Jersey, New York and Pennsylvania. Aside from visiting family, the wife & I have been traveling around the region visiting various points of interest and partaking in the regional cuisine. For those not in the know, this is where the best pizza in the world exists, end of story.

Anyway, this is going to be a torturous experience if you're still on dial-up.

The first installment to pique your interest will be this past Sunday's visit to the USS Intrepid (CVA 11) museum in New York City.

HF Receiver R-1051B/URR
Until about 1998, USS Rodney M. Davis (FFG 60) had R-1051G/URRs until they were replaced with R-2368s!

Port-side catapult steam manifold.

The ship's bell.

Port catapult shot log.

Typical office chair.

Martin-Baker ejection seat.

Ready room seating.

Dentist's chair.

Boatswain's chair used for ship-to-ship highline transfers.

Grumman/Eastern Aircraft TBM-3E Avenger.

Naval Aviator's certificate.

U.S. Navy Dress Blue uniform.

Mercury capsule replica.

Douglas A-4B Skyhawk.

Typical enlisted berthing lockers. A Sailor only gets one of those!

Oerlikon 20 mm cannon.

Mk56 Gun Director.

3" gun.

British Aerospace AV-8A Harrier.

British Aerospace AV-8A Harrier.

Bell AH-1J Sea Cobra.

Israel Aircraft Industries Kfir

Israel Aircraft Industries Kfir

McDonnell F-4N Phantom.

McDonnell F-4N Phantom.

Dassault Etendard IV M.

Dassault Etendard IV M.

Rocket pod on MiG-21 PFM.



Beech T-34 Mentor

Bridge wing awards (ship's decorations and campaign actions) / Tonkin Gulf Yacht Club.

Grumman E-1B Tracer.

Grumman E-1B Tracer.

Grumman F11F (F-11) Tiger.

McDonnell F3H-2N (F-3B) Demon.

General Dynamics F-16A Fighting Falcon (a.k.a. Viper, Lawn Dart).

Vought F-8K Crusader.

Lockheed A-12 Blackbird.

Grumman A-6F Intruder.

Grumman A-6F Intruder.

Grumman F-14 Tomcat.

Grumman F-14 Tomcat with Sidewinder and Sparrow missiles.

Grumman F-14 Tomcat.

Forward view of the island.

General Dynamics F-16A Fighting Falcon.

The island.

Any Signalmen (SM) care to translate?

AN/SPA-8 Plan Position Indicator (PPI).

Interior Communications gear.

Interior Communications gear.

AN/SPA-25A Plan Position Indicator.

The Flight Deck.

Looks like an anchor-order telegraph.

Dead Reckoning Tracer.

Communications switchboard.


Typewriter. Remember these?

HF Radio gear.

More comm switchgear.


Air Traffic Control.

Air Traffic Control radios.

Combat Information Center.

Ready Room 1.

AN/UPA-50 IFF decoder.

Combat Information Center.
"Where OSs eat their own."

Bluejackets' Manual.

Shellback Certificate.

Thanksgiving Menu, November 23, 1944.
Note "cigars". Good luck seeing that nowadays.

Five-inch gun.

Rescue Breathing.

Front: All-purpose nozzle.
Back: Vari-Nozzle.

Marine berthing.

Battle lantern.

40mm Bofors Cannon.

Zachary & Elizabeth M. Fisher, founders Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum.
The Fisher Houses are named after them.

"Boys' Town"
Junior Officers' Country.

The forecastle.
(Pronounced "foc'sle", all you non-squids)

Fuck. These. Plaques.

"Boys' Town"
Junior Officers' Country.

"Boys' Town"
Junior Officers' Country.

"Boys' Town"
Junior Officers' Country.

Stateroom washbasin.

Compartment Check-Off List (CCOL)
An inventory of all fixtures in a space.

More to follow later, when I feel like it.

Link Posted: 9/10/2009 8:37:16 PM EST
Awesome pics, brother! You captured much very well.

I was there years ago, in '88. Very cool seein' it again.

Dude, that office chair is fookin' awesome! And those white plaques..............fuck. these. plaques.

Weren't there any tables?

Link Posted: 9/10/2009 9:08:13 PM EST
Sheesh, I got audio flashbacks of jet engine whine!

Thx for the pics!
Link Posted: 9/10/2009 9:10:02 PM EST
Very nice! Thank you for sharing!
Link Posted: 9/13/2009 9:42:15 PM EST
Today's installment is a short one. Here's Seaside, NJ!
You must pay admission to access most beaches in New Jersey. Notable exceptions are Wildwood and Atlantic City.

Link Posted: 9/13/2009 10:18:58 PM EST
For Monday, I present Cape May, New Jersey. The southernmost point of New Jersey was a strategic defense point of the Delaware Bay, the mouth of the Delaware River and the maritime entrance to Philadelphia in World War II. As a result, much of the bay was mined and netted against German U-Boats. As with many places on the East Coast, Cape May was host to some shore batteries and had some fire-control towers erected. These towers stationed Navy Sailors and Coast Guardsmen as lookouts, spotters and firecontrolmen. One of those towers still exists as a memorial to those men who helped defend our country in those times.

There is also a lighthouse that is open to the public and several miles of beaches to enjoy if you pay admission.

Link Posted: 9/13/2009 10:52:44 PM EST

Originally Posted By JS98010:

Pic #1 My son hates you.
Pic #2 I hate you.

Nahhhhh, we're just really jealous. 45Jr smoked the crap out of the guy at the paintball place. Impressed him enough that HE sprung for a second round.
Link Posted: 9/13/2009 11:22:08 PM EST
I've been to the Intrepid a few times and it's always a fantastic experience. Was the USS Growler (Submarine) still available for tours?

But, man, oh man ....... the memories of "the Shore"!

Thanks for the pics. I miss parts of the Jersey Shore terribly. (Growing up I had relatives in Tom's River, Beach Haven West, and Pine Beach.)
Seaside actually looked kinda nice the day you were there. Did you get a cheese steak at Midway? Pizza at Maruca's? At least some zeppole?

We're planning to spend a few weeks next summer with my family somewhere on Long Beach Island. Holy Shit, prices to rent a place on LBI are outrageous! Regardless, we are going, and I'm really looking forward to spending time at the beach. It'll be my wife's first time actually staying at the Shore, so we plan on doing lots of day trips to Cape May, Wildwood, and all the beautiful sites I remember.

Sometimes I really REALLY miss Jersey................

Link Posted: 9/14/2009 6:41:47 AM EST

Originally Posted By BigTony:
I've been to the Intrepid a few times and it's always a fantastic experience. Was the USS Growler (Submarine) still available for tours?

Patience, Grasshopper...
Link Posted: 9/14/2009 1:43:36 PM EST
Ooooooooooh, I like where this is going!
Link Posted: 9/14/2009 2:35:21 PM EST
[Last Edit: 9/14/2009 2:35:58 PM EST by Clown_Gun]

Originally Posted By JS98010:
Any Signalmen (SM) care to translate?

Not a signalman, but near as I can figure (and I could be WAY off on a couple of these)...

First line: NBAQVSX
Second line: MWZ code Y3

Damned if I know what all that means, if anything.

The Z flag is upside down, though.
Link Posted: 9/14/2009 4:40:31 PM EST
[Last Edit: 9/14/2009 5:48:47 PM EST by OdT]
Link Posted: 9/14/2009 4:56:23 PM EST

Originally Posted By JS98010:
For the past couple weeks, I've been wandering around New Jersey, New York and Pennsylvania.

Rent a car next time, jeez.

Cool pics.
Link Posted: 9/17/2009 9:51:38 AM EST
Here is USS Growler (SSG 577). Commissioned for only six years (1958-1964), she was our fourth nuclear missile-capable submarine. Advances in submarine and missile technology caused her hasty decommissioning.

The sail.

Regulus 1 Cruise Missile. Four such missiles were carried onboard GROWLER. The boat would surface. Crews would remove, assemble and launch the missile while the boat was running on the surface. The missile was turbojet-powered.

Starboard side missile hangar.

Enlisted berthing.

Rudder order indicator and gyro repeater.

Launch control station.

CPO head.

Fire control panel.

RADAR Station.


Officer's pantry.

Officers' stateroom.


Officers' stateroom.

Bitch box in the overhead.

CO's cabin. He was the only man to have his own room.

CPO Quarters (a.k.a. The Goat Locker)

1MC (Public Address circuit) speaker.

Periscope at the conning station.

SONAR control.

Radio shack.


The galley.

Mess decks. Where E1-E6 eat.

Enlisted racks.

Distillers / Evaps. Where fresh water is made.

Maneuvering / Central Control Station. Where engineers control engines and other machinery.


Aft torpedo room with bunks for more enlisted Sailors. Typically, NUBs (Non-Useful Bodies––those not yet qualified in submarines) sleep here.

Sail & Regulus 1 missile on launcher.

Regulus 1 missile on launcher.

After touring this boat, it reaffirmed my choice to go Surface Navy when I did. All submarines I have been on are cramped and cozy. Unfortunately, I haven't yet been on a modern (read: nuclear) submarine.
Link Posted: 9/17/2009 11:36:30 AM EST
Here's some random scenes from Hell's Kitchen, Times Square and Central Park––all in Midtown Manhattan.

Did you count the number of photos in this post?
Link Posted: 9/17/2009 11:53:25 AM EST
(I still can't get my head around people just sitting and bullshitting in the middle of Broadway! Fuckin' Bloomberg!)
Damn I miss the City ...... ain't nothing like it!
Link Posted: 9/17/2009 9:12:42 PM EST
Are those condoms floating in that CPO head?
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