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John Morris

Life Aboard US Navy Ballistic Missile Submarine USS Wyoming

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I spent 16 years working at the Portsmouth Navy Yard as a pipe welder. During that time we built 4 attack type nuclear submarines and 1 missile sub, the "Abraham Lincoln". Also did a complete overhaul of the Nautilus after her trip under the polar ice. These men and women live in very confined spaces. When out on a mission they stay submerged for 3 months at a time. The one benefit is, they really eat well on board. The USS Albacore, a conventional sub was stationed at Portsmouth. This ship, an experimental ship, was built and cut apart and rebuilt several times. It was a ship that was designed with a hull that eventually became the basic design for the nuclear subs. The Albacore was a much smaller ship. After it was decomissioned it was hauled to a park as a display in Portsmouth NH.

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On 10/13/2018 at 2:24 PM, It Was Al B said:

I spent 16 years working at the Portsmouth Navy Yard as a pipe welder. During that time we built 4 attack type nuclear submarines and 1 missile sub, the "Abraham Lincoln". Also did a complete overhaul of the Nautilus after her trip under the polar ice. These men and women live in very confined spaces. When out on a mission they stay submerged for 3 months at a time. The one benefit is, they really eat well on board. The USS Albacore, a conventional sub was stationed at Portsmouth. This ship, an experimental ship, was built and cut apart and rebuilt several times. It was a ship that was designed with a hull that eventually became the basic design for the nuclear subs. The Albacore was a much smaller ship. After it was decomissioned it was hauled to a park as a display in Portsmouth NH.

I have seen the Albacore, but not yet gotten out of the car to get up close to it. In 1978 I was going to join the Navy, and go into the submarine service ( the recruiter told me my height of 5 foot 7 made me a prime candidate, and my ASVAB scores were rather good ). Then I learned how the Navy taught non swimmers how to swim. I joined the Air Force. I didn’t think they would take me up in an aircraft, open the black door, throw me out, and say. “FLY!”   Cool video John.

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