This tale begins in April of 2001 when my first, and only, six month deployment began onboard USS Stout. While I had only been onboard for less than six months, I came to Stout directly from my previous ship, USS McClusky (FFG-41) out of San Diego. This was to be my fifth consecutive year at…More

A Weak @ Sea

It’s mid March in 2007, we, the USS Nitze (DDG-94), are patrolling a box of the Indian Ocean off the coast of Mogadishu, Somalia in a United Nations operation to curtail pirating of private and commercial vessels. It is also an attempt to identify and break the lines of communication for Al Qaeda and the…More

The (mis)Adventures of Fireman Timmy

Before we begin our journey, no Timmy’s were harmed in the writing of this blog. Fireman (FN) Timmy is a generic name us ‘old school’ sailors use in our sea stories, it is simply a random name that works well in our stories and is not intended to offend any of the Timmy’s out there…More