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September 2008 Key News
September 2008 - New Key shipmates added in September 2008. Cwiklinski, Ronald 69 - 72; Douglas, Michael 76 - 80; Robertson, Charles 83 - 87; Spruitenburg, Fredrik - CO 79 - 82; Horn, Joe 88 - 92. Check crew list for details.
September 11, 2008 - We will never forget.
September 10, 2008 - A first for the Key web site! We just received our first video of inside the Key on patrol 71, the last blue crew patrol. This was sent to us by LT Tom Wagner. Here is his e-mail to me:
"Little science experiment here, let's see if this
works. I think I've converted about 40 seconds of VHS tape to an ok MPEG
file, it's about 6MB. This is during a test dive during patrol 71 (Spring
of 1992) when we did the last blue crew patrol, kind of weird in that we went
all the way from Kings Bay into the Med, did a few days alert, got a port call,
and then all the way back home. It was strange being mod-alert almost all
the time, the "feel" was probably a lot more like being on an SSN
because we were transiting deep and fast and coming up a couple times a day to
clear the broadcast. Actually it was a lot like late that year in 1992
after we converted back to single crew for decommissioning and were sort of a
"slow attack" for a while. An SSN with MTs (missile techs) and missile tubes
full of ballast water, if you will.
We hope Tom is soon able to convert more of the VHS for us to see. Click here (Launcher Video) to view 40 seconds of video taken as Tom enters middle level missile from ops.
September 1, 2008 - A few months ago shipmate Ken McCracken on this web site, asked everyone to send in their sea stories to him for a book he wanted to write about the Key. Well, Ken has finished the book and he has called it Key Memories. Ken sent me the 79 pages in a pdf file so that all Key shipmates could enjoy the stories. To read or download the book just click on Key Memories. Here is a taste of the book, Page 1.
I am a sailor still.
I erupt with harsh, strong language in tack, thank you very much. The ocean still
captivates me. I seldom do serious offshore anymore, but just the other side of
Fishers Island is the real ocean, and "...your ocean is so great and my boat is so
small" applies nearly every weekend.
Sailing quietly in a pea soup fog, hoping your navigation gets you to Block Island
and not Portugal, the 30-knot squall line that hits you in the middle of a quiet day
sail, or having to head home against a howling Westerly and of course against the
"It all brings me to like and where I want to be. It is true; sailors belong on ships,
and ships belong at sea."
Steve Rosen, Blue Crew 67 - 70
sub"ma"rine (subīmu renī) ... 2. (n) a kind of warship, armed with torpedoes, missiles, etc., that can operate under water.
Sub"ma"rin"er (subīmu renī er) 1. (n) one of the dumb sons of bitches that dives, drives, lives and loves submarines. (See sewerpipe sailor, bubblehead, dumb shit, snorkle sniffer,...)