I was on the USS Flasher from October 1979 through November
1982. During that time we made two WestPac deployments, one short
WestPac, and spent some time at Mare Island shipyard. This page
has some of the photo's from those trips. To view the (much)
larger version of any of these just click on the photo.
*** New Stuff *** - Great
sketches from the times underway!
|The boat pulled
into Pearl Harbor twice. The first time, in 1979, we pulled in
the day before Thanksgiving and pulled back out the next morning.
The next time was a bit longer, thanks to the refrigeration compressors.
Pull into Hawaii, off load the freezer into the dumpster, and
sit in port for a bit while everything is repaired. This shot
is from the beach at Waikiki.
||The first actual "overseas"
stop was Guam. Guam was sort of the halfway house of a WestPac.
It's a US territory, so the money, laws and most other things
are the same. On the other hand it is not a state, and it is
much different than being in Hawaii. This photo is of Glenn Forstner
and Dave Stephenson
at a park in Guam. This would have been on the second WestPac.
This was during the late fall / winter - or Dave would have never
had that shirt on!
|One of the best
things to do in Guam was swimming. There were numerous spots
to snorkel and dive at. This is a shot of Dennis Leahy (foreground)
and Ken Weber in the back.
Next stop after Guam was the Philippines.
Now you're talking overseas. The US Navy base at Subic Bay was
of course the stopping point. I doubt that most people made it
past Subic City. As soon as you left the gate of the Navy base
you faced a seemingly endless street full of bars, shops and
more bars. "Mojo make you smart" indeed.
In the harbor is Grande Island. This shot
was taken from the boat that ran from the naval base out to the
is in the harbor at Subic Bay. Several gun emplacements from
WWII are still there. In this photo we see Milt Sweet (who looks
as if he was at sea a bit too long), Glenn and another shipmate,
possibly Lt. McCormick.
||Besides the obvious
things things to do at a town outside a Navy base, the base itself
had some recreation. Here we see Steve Rentz of the RC division
(thanks to Jack Osborne for the name) driving one of the Go-Carts
on the base track. A you can tell from the paint job, the "No
Bumping" rule was pretty much ignored.
on the WestPac's was Korea. Home of the "World's Famous
||This is Ron from
E-Div in Korea. Doesn't he look happy!
|A few boat photo's
to close out. This one is looking towards the sail. I don't know
any of the names, but would be glad to add them if you let me
know. This one was almost certainly shot overseas (judging from
the mountains in the background). Possibly Korea.
of the boat, looking aft. Can't say that I remember why the flag
is at half-mast.
|And what would
be a WestPac without jumpin' gravities. Here we see Leo from
E-Div all dressed up for an equalizing battery charge.
As I get more images into the computer
I'll be extending this page. Still to come are Japan and Australia,
along with that jewel of the IO - Diego Garcia!
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