2009-01-10 20:49:17North Las Vegas, NV627(B), 717, 612, 621, 752, 759Hi Steve. Went to A School with you.Heard a horror story recently. A buddy of mine who just left as XO of Minneapolis-St. Paul. He told me that sometime this year, ALL paper charts are being removed from boats!!! Not even "backups" will be onboard... YIKES!
2009-01-11 22:17:57Groton CTSSBN 642, SSBN 631, SSN 761Hey, Ken, LTNS. Check out this recent article from the Navy Times; it ought to be small consolation to our minesweeper friend several entries down (article linked in my Web line above)
2009-02-23 17:56:12Havre, MTSSN-696, SSN-698, CVN-70No paper??!?!?! Great Casears ghost. Stiil brings to mind the following: "Electronics reflects much of the science of navigation, but only a competent human can practice the art of navigation."
2009-03-14 05:14:28Pahrump, NVSSBN 630B, SSBN 632B, SSN 699Anyone remember cleaning under the conn on field day, and all of the wonderful hydraulic fluid that leaked from the periscopes?
2009-03-22 03:25:40Hazleton, PASSBN 624G, SSBN 632G, CSG8, xSSBN 656, SSN 680, CSP, SSBN 733How is the ANAV community since the ET conversion? Hope all is well.
2009-03-22 16:32:35SSN 764, 702, 752, 706 and SSBN 742Wow a web page for old school QMs! This is great!
2009-03-25 05:17:34port arthur texasUSS Pintado SSN-672Thanks for this site.
2009-03-25 10:09:59Thanks for the comments in the Deck Log. Now go and send me some sea stories! And any current QMs/NavETs, I would like to hear about current practice-- especially piloting in a chartless world.
2009-04-17 08:05:17Charleston, SCSSBN 655, SSN 637, SSN 669, SSBN 734, SSBN 741, CTF 69 SUBOPAUTH EUROPEThe maneuveing watch is stationed,the piloting party is manned...oh, wait, QM3 Bryant is at the end of pier Mike kissing his girlfriend goodbye. With seabag in hand, crane boom overhead, QM3 Bryant dashes across the brow of the USS Sturgeon, jumps down the weapons shipping hatch, throws his seabag behind the Fire Control console and mans the foward plotter. Did I mention that QM3 was the PRIMARY PLOTTER? Ready for those "S" turns! Ahhhhh, what ever happened to those days?
2009-04-25 20:48:20Tampa, FLUSS Dewey, DLG-14I've just had part I of a two-part article on small craft navigation ("Piloting") published in Florida Wildlife Magazine. Part II ("Dead Reckoning") will appear in an upcoming issue. No, it's not about GPS either. The articles are illustrated by renowned marine atist Fritz Seegers. Check 'em out! I owe it all to my QM days.
2009-05-05 19:45:42Middle Island NY (Long Island)USS Clamagore SS343 & USS Tinosa SSN606I can't belive a website for QMs. This is really cool. I always find myself explaining this rate to people. I served between June 72 & June 76 and made QM2(SS) before getting out. I loved the QM job. I liked navigating 'boats' in inland and international waters. I like working with charts, even drawing in my own Loran A lines when we weren't using Loran A charts. I also got trained as a signalman in one of the QM schools given at the New London Sub Base in the spring of 1973. This was just before we took the Clamagore on Unitas XIV to South America between July & December 1973. Navigation down there was an art. Diesel boats transited the surface in all weather conditions and I did get sea sick once in awhile. Especially when we hit a hurricane off the coast of Brazil near the equator and rode it out on the surface. But, I had an opportunity to learn a little celestial navigation using the star finder, shooting the stars with the sextant and using the pubs to plot a fix. Other types of navigational aids to us out to sea included RDF, Azimuth of the Sun, fathometer, etc. This was the time of NAV-SAT(Doppler),which used orbiting satelites to get fixes. In the southern hemisphere though this did not work as well as the northern hemisphere.I also got an opportunity to use my signalman skills using morse code/flashing light. We operated with 3 types of destroyers (DD, DLG, and DDG)while down there and needed to communicate while off the coast of Chile while simulating a radio blackout condition. I was based out of the New London Sub Base (Groton). In the 70s, nucs did not go up the Thames River to the sub base. The Tinosa was usually tied up to the Fulton or the State Pier, near where the New London to Orient Point(LI) Ferry now runs. I believe it was called state pier. it's been around 33 years since I got out....While on the Tinosa, we made a trip down the coast to the 'Tongue of the Ocean'.(San Andros Island) We headed east thru the Bahamas after getting near Lauderdale while submerged. I took over the watch just after the turn and after a few hours, the soundings began to not match the chart. I figured we were ahead of the DR track because the soundings were getting more shallow, basically heading toward an island which would be like hitting an underwater mountain. After coming to scope depth to get a fix, we were much ahead of track and figured the reason was because the gulf stream was actually pushing us at an aditional 5 knots. I'll also never forget all the logs we kept as well as the Captain's report. I remember every 30 minutes we needed to take readings from various pieces of equipment, like Nav-Sat, Ship's DRAI, SINS, and having multiple course/speed/depth changes being announced and having to keep up and remember these changes along with times so I could later update the QM Notebook. Sometimes we were really busy....I also liked training Lookouts, Helmsman, and Planesman. As a QM, we were always looking over the shoulder of the helmsman to keep us on track. There are probably many things I forgot to mention, but it's been awhile and the job was a lot of fun....
2009-05-24 17:08:23Hustonville, KentuckyAD-19 (Yosemite) W.A Lee (DL-4) Brough (DE127)Just found this site... was looking at the clouds from our front porch and remembered learning their types and characteristics from Bowditch on all those mid watches..great days for me I'll never forget.
2009-05-25 09:01:57This isn't the only web forum I contribute to, this is a message I posted to the other one.Obligatory Holiday GreetingObligatory, because it's deserved, and it's right. And because we can never allow ourselves to forget.There's a lot of them out there, in different places doing different things, so I will only mention one I can relate to personally, because I was him a long, long time ago. Somewhere out on that endless sea, on the other side of the dateline, maybe the other side of the equator, a teenager is going out on deck, ready to stand his watch. He's lonely, maybe he's scared, and he's a long way from home and will be for a long time. But he's there so you don't have to be, so you don't need to think about him.So think about him today, and if you know him, drop him an email or a letter. You have absolutely no idea how much it will mean to him.
2009-06-23 11:46:00amritsar, punjabtankershi
2009-08-07 13:36:29Miami CG34, SSN 668, SSN 669, SSN 682, SSN 679, SSN 758, ASR 9, DDG 982, AS 39A quick "Note to self". For all you QM/NAVET's shooting bearings during the piloting party in/out of port, DO not shoot left and right tangents to the Navigators wife, especially if he is on the same radio circut as you. I did routinely did that going in/out of Pearl Harbor. The Nav was not usually on the radio, however, he was, on this trip. Needless to say, he invited me to his stateroom for a post piloting party wrap up, AKA ass chewing. Damn, if the guy could only take a joke...
2009-11-11 00:53:42New Albany, INSSN-637, SSN-646, SSBN-627, SSN-696What a great site. NO paper charts? What in the world are they going to do with all that locker space. BTW - If you're just throwing them out; I'll take a couple 11524's and a 19357 or two.;-)
2009-12-27 16:23:42Moore, OklahomaDD-851, LST-1186, SSBN-610, SSN-700, SSBN-616It is refreshing to see there is a website dedicated to the US Navy Quartermaster. I am a retired Chief QM (SS)having served first in surface ships them submarines. When I first learned of the combining of QM into NAVET, I was appaled at this move, I know that things have gotten more technically advanced what with the incorporation of GPS into naviagtion, but it seems to me that all too often tradition and the pride that goes with it seems to me to not be very prudent. The NAVET's I was associated with during my career were all very good at what they did, but for the most part, while they knew what navigational charts were and how to plot on them werent very concerned about the maintenance of the Chart Portfolio, techniques to correct charts, maintenance of the various navitational pubs, tides, rising and setting of the sun and moon and computation of same, NOTAMS, use of the various Celestial Pubs. and on and on, in short all the Navigational responibilites that the QM was responsible for, primarily the SAFE Navitaion of Boat or Ship. The CO, OOD, and the Navigator all relied on the QM to keep the ship or boat safely on track, whether by DR, Visual Fixes, Celestial, Radar or Piloting. I am proud to have been part of the most important rating that was relied on to provide the navigational information that was vital for safe operation, this information was heavily relied on without question. Also I didnt mention recording the events of the day in the QM log.
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