From GENERAL QUARTERS to Condition 3, USS Nimitz

From GENERAL QUARTERS to Condition 3, USS Nimitz

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    Cool From GENERAL QUARTERS to Condition 3, USS Nimitz

    I just finished watching a great movie about the USS Nimitz. I have a question for carrier sailors or Marines during the time frame of approximately 1980-1985.

    The Nimitz has just stood down from General Quarters and put on Condition 3. Given the nature of the conditions the ship went to General Quarters in the first place and the existence of a clear and present danger to the national security of the United States the ship went to Con 3 to relieve the anxiety of the ships crew.

    I was never in the Navy. Tho it seems to me Condition 3 would stand for a high state of readiness. Would I be correct in this thinking?

    My question is first put to Navy men or USMC with sea duty with carrier experience. If there are no carrier vets here then I would put the question to regular sailors or USMC who've had sea duty.

    No offense here to all you regular guys and gals that have never served in the US Navy or USMC but I think this could be a question that only sailors or Marines could answer.

    Thanx
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    Condition I - General Quarters, all hands at battle stations

    Condition II - Modified General Quarters, used in large ships to permit some relaxation among personnel

    Condition III - Wartime Cruising, generally one third of the crew is on watch, and strategic stations are

    manned or partly manned. (e.g. weapons)
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    Quote Originally Posted by WHEC724 View Post
    Condition I - General Quarters, all hands at battle stations

    Condition II - Modified General Quarters, used in large ships to permit some relaxation among personnel

    Condition III - Wartime Cruising, generally one third of the crew is on watch, and strategic stations are

    manned or partly manned. (e.g. weapons)
    Thanks Bubba WHEC724 I copy your traffic.
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    He is correct, U.S Navy (ret) Vet USS Kitty HAWK CV 63 81-85, other smaller ships 85-01.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Gargoyle0512 View Post
    He is correct, U.S Navy (ret) Vet USS Kitty HAWK CV 63 81-85, other smaller ships 85-01.
    ... and I wasn't even a squid or a jarhead. 'Just a lowly puddle-pirate.
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    I'm just glad this thread didn't go Circle William.
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    Was aboard JFK during that period (2 cruises) and as a aviation squadron guy I wasn't aware of any conditions except GQ. Since most of us had the flight deck as a GQ station we weren't concerned with damage control and let the damage control parties handle all valve settings and whatever other magic they did. Whether condition 1, 2, or 3, we had to launch and recover aircraft. We did pay attention to the EmCom condition however (radiating with our RADAR, ECM, or radios). All of us "airdales" were qualified fire fighters and each squadron had designated people assigned to the ships damage control.

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    Quote Originally Posted by WHEC724 View Post
    ... and I wasn't even a squid or a jarhead. 'Just a lowly puddle-pirate.
    This will make me sound stupid...we didn't have 'puddle pirates' in the Hosp Squadron when I was in on a SAC base in The Heartland. Dang it, I ate the last of that Rare Angus Roast last night.

    Thank goodness the smoking lamp is lit.
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    Not any more, most ships have gone to smoking hours and or a single place to smoke. No more smoking topside. On my last ship it was in the Starboard Break, or the Bridge wing during what was called the cigar hour.

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    So what in Sam Hill is a Puddle Pirate??
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    Puddle Pirate = US Coast Guard. They are mostly ok. Sometimes the Captain even lets one of the guys drive the boat home seeing as they do have wheels on the bottom, them never really going into deep water and all. Lol
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    Quote Originally Posted by TN_Mike View Post
    Puddle Pirate = US Coast Guard. They are mostly ok. Sometimes the Captain even lets one of the guys drive the boat home seeing as they do have wheels on the bottom, them never really going into deep water and all. Lol
    US Navy Vet 1986-1994. USS Wisconsin BB-64 1987-1990, USS Richmond K. Turner CG-20 1990-1992.
    I had a funny feeling you were referring to the Coasties.
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