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    Bucket of Steam?

    There is an old tradition in the Navy of sending newbies of various wild goose chases for such things as "20 mils of line current" or having them stand watch for the"mail buoy at sea. There is one story that I remember where the newbie managed to turn the tables.

    A Chief Machinist Mate had a work party working in the engine room and decided to have some fun with one of his new E2s. He told the newbie that he needed a bucket of steam to make the cleaning easier. He handed him a bucket and sent him to the boiler room. Several hours later the guy came back with the bucket full of water. When the chief jumped all over him about his absence and the said he had sent him for steam, not water. the E2 replied, it is condensed steam, just add heat, Chief.

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    Feeding the shaft seals.

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    Shooting tennis balls and soda cans out of the three-inch launchers (gotta try the basketball one)

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    As a E-1 I got a MM punch (ouch!) on my first float. About an hour after I fell for the MM punch the Air Dept. Master Chief Tells me to go put on my best uniform (blue shirt) and head to the flight deck in 15 min. to be a Rainbow Side-buoy. I said OK Master Chief and ran off to hide. The whole time I'm thinking "He won't get me". He saw me ten minutes later on the mess decks and told me again along with a "Don't be late!". I said OK and took off again laughing as I went. I was laughing at how smart I was right up until the sound of rotor blades thumping made it to my ears.

    Cinc Pac fleet was landing and I really was supposed to be a side-buoy. Wow, was that Master chief pissed at me! What a butt chewing! I got every crap detail that came down the pike too. Toilet broken, turds everywhere? Get atctimmy! Someone has to work late or an extra mid shift? Get atctimmy! On and on until the Master Chief retired about four months later. <--- Thank goodness he was short and I had a light at the end of the tunnel. If I had to do a whole deployment with him I think I would have cracked.


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    Retired MM here... do not forget the sea bat.....

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    Quote Originally Posted by Kerby View Post
    Retired MM here... do not forget the sea bat.....
    "The boatswains mates have captured a rare sea bat. All interested hands may proceed to the fo'c'sle to see it."

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    Used to send new Marines to supply to pick up a box of grid squares.

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    Among many pranks, we used to send our newbie guards up the power pole on the missile site to "turn on the site lights". Also, came up out of the generator room with a soda pop once and a guard asked "hey, where'd you get that?" after telling him we had a pop machine down there and getting .50 off him I went down to get him a soda and when I came back up empty handed I told him, "sorry man, the machine ate your quarters...".
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    Let's see:

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