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Dave 05-19-2008 08:10 AM

During my Navy days aboard USS Nimitz, we never encountered what I'd call really bad seas. However, as this video shows, it can happen. This is a Nimitz-class carrier rounding the horn of South Africa.

Sandy 05-19-2008 10:42 AM

I'm hoping no one was trying to land on the deck in those seas.


penny3333 05-19-2008 11:02 AM

It's a miracle that helicopter on the bow didn't go over board.

Dave 05-19-2008 11:33 AM

A multi-point tiedown no doubt. I forget what we called it when we had a maximum tiedown. 8 point tiedown, 10 point, something like that.

Jim C. 05-19-2008 02:42 PM

That direct sea water to the aircraft can't be good either.

Can you imagine being on one of the escort ships.. say a missle frigate or something. Do they still you destorers for escorts?

Dave 05-19-2008 03:42 PM

Oh yes, carriers don't travel alone. There are usually two guided missile destroyers or cruisers along for the trip. In fact, before I was posted to the Nimitz I was on one of her usual escorts - the former USS Texas CGN-39.

Those Texas days were fun. That was where I first experienced 40 feet of green water crashing over the bridge as the front third of the ship went underwater every so often. Try doing that and keep two nuclear reactors running! Those were some amazing watches. I recall getting 37 pressurizer low-level alarms in one 4 hour watch. But the reactors stayed critical and we plowed on through the seas.

TrvlPro 05-19-2008 03:52 PM

The original USS Texas is at Seawolf Park between Houston and Galveston. If anyone books a cruise from there and wants something interesting to do before or after their cruise, there are still guided tours of her. Very interesting tour, it's been many years since I did it, I think I'll head back down there soon and tour her again.

Cheers, Neil

Dave 05-19-2008 03:58 PM

In the great traditions of the Navy, we had a silver tea service aboard the nuclear cruiser Texas which had been on the original battleship. I love that kind of thing since it keeps a connection from the past with the new. I remember the memorabilia was in a couple glass showcases aft of the mess deck outside the Chief Engineers office.

Sonny V 05-20-2008 05:49 AM

Dave, that is a very interesting site; I never heard of it before.


MiketheKid 05-21-2008 08:06 AM

Please excuse the dumb question - how does the size of the carrier compare to that of a cruise ship?

I know some cruise ships sail around the horn, and I can't imagine too many passengers being happy with seas like that!

I think it looks pretty awesome, though - does that make me crazy??

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