Rudder Check for Aircraft Carrier

This is a discussion on Rudder Check for Aircraft Carrier within the Off Topic & Humor Discussion forums, part of the The Back Porch category; Originally Posted by goldshellback We call it a ballast control party. On a submarine it really 'jacks' with the Diving Officer, on that thing (read: ...

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    Quote Originally Posted by goldshellback View Post
    We call it a ballast control party. On a submarine it really 'jacks' with the Diving Officer, on that thing (read: target) I doubt even a full crew could alter how it 'rides' in the water. She's HUGE!
    Not a target. That's what we have subs, frigates, cruisers and destroyers for...

    ...to get in the way of misiles and torpedos. And we sure do appreciate it.

    And, no, a full crew could not alter her ballast, but when the topsiders decide to put all the jets on one side of the ship we can get a 2-3 degree list, until we pump fuel or water to correct it.
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    One of the discovery type channels has a series that they go on the RR for its final tests, you see that turn on video from the boat. very cool

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    Quote Originally Posted by Manzanita View Post
    I remember being on the USS Saipan (LHA-2) and experiencing turns similar, though not so extreme. We could always tell from below-decks if the ship was turning because of the list to one side.
    Ditto on LHA-1.

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    Quote Originally Posted by JD View Post
    Ditto on LHA-1.

    Nothing like waling on the bulkheads.

    + 1 more. I've deployed on the Saipan too. '89 IIRR......

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    Quote Originally Posted by dukalmighty View Post
    I thought the crew saw a topless girl on a boat on the port side at first
    We were returning from deployment, pulling into Coronado '92 and we had a boat come alongside with a bunch of naked women from one of the local stripper clubs. We were all manning the rails and you never HEARD such a commotion as everybody whooped and hollered! Made the evening news and the club got a hefty fine, but they couldn't have gotten a better deal for the publicity.

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    Was on the u.s.s. Ranger when that happened now and then. Glad to be airwing. Ballest shifting was constant. Try that in heavy seas.

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    Had a girl in a thong on my boat once..did alot of circles in the water that day!
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    sea trials are not as fun as they may seem, especially for the crew. All the GQ's, fire drills, security alerts, and wearing that mask for hours on end.
    When they get those big ships haulin' butt, the whole ship will have a slight vibration to it, almost harmonic it seems. I remember the JFK would be registering 30 knots at the most (actual speed is classified), but I betcha she was going twice that.
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    pulling into Coronado '92 and we had a boat come alongside with a bunch of naked women
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    Quote Originally Posted by TN_Mike View Post
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    I was sitting in the Dirty Shirt Wardroom in Midway when she turned like that to go to station off Iran. Almost lost my meal on the deck.

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    I hate the Reagan and believe I always will.

    The Nimitz was taking their Underways while they were sitting in Dry-Dock fixing what they broke.

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    Hey fellow carrier sailors...

    I have noticed in virtually every picture of modern aircraft carriers, from about 70 on up, that when they are doing over 30 knots they dont seem to have near the wake that the older carriers do.

    I've been on the Nimitz,the Ike, the Big E,the Connie, Kitty Hawk and the Ranger when they were somewhere in the Indian Ocean, the Red Sea,the Persian Gulf or the Gulf of Oman and in other spots where they had to get there quick for various reasons.

    I remember standing on the Nimitz on the flight deck watching the wake almost as high as the flight deck...I think we were doing around 50+ knots.

    Have they altered their props or rudders or what? I hear that they are a heck of lot quieter too. I know the bubble heads used to tell me that they could hear them over the horizon long before they could see them.

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