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BSS_CUDA
09-13-2005, 08:50 AM
U.S.S. Belleau Wood LHA-3, I served onboard her from 1978-1982, I was part of her first crew and missed her commissioning by only 2 months, at 19 years old I was her only certified Helmsman, for 3 years I took her in and out of port and along side other ships during refueling and battle stations, I made her first West-Pac cruise and was there from the begining. http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/16x16_smiley-sad.gif she was a proud Lady and a Great ship. they will be decommissioning her on Oct 28th in San Diego. its kinda strange to see her retired when I remember her as a new ship

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v129/CUDA97045/10070301.jpg

this is her last entry into San Diego, her crew is manning the rail as is tradition on the final voyage
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v129/CUDA97045/finalvoyage.jpg


The LHA class ship is 863 ft long, 108ft wide, (so she can fit through the panama canal with 6" on each side)she has a 32ft draft un-flooded and 46ft when flooded, she is 80 ft from the flight deck to the waterline, 106 foot at the bridge wing and 180 ft at the mast, which is retractable so she can fit under the Coronado bridge the entire Island structure is aluminum, she displaced 40,000 tons, she has a crew of about 800 officers and enlisted and can carry a detachment of 2500 Marines with air crew. she has a climte adjustable room so that the marines can train before dis-embarking to any climate in the world, she carries all type of helo's and also the AV-8 Harrier, there were only 5 LHA's built with Belleau Wood being the 3rd and Peleliu being the last. Belleau Wood is the first to be decommision tho, dunno why :-/ uhm I hope it didnt have anything to do with that time I bounced her off the Pier in San Diego http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/blink.gif http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_biggrin.gif

BSS_CUDA
09-13-2005, 08:50 AM
U.S.S. Belleau Wood LHA-3, I served onboard her from 1978-1982, I was part of her first crew and missed her commissioning by only 2 months, at 19 years old I was her only certified Helmsman, for 3 years I took her in and out of port and along side other ships during refueling and battle stations, I made her first West-Pac cruise and was there from the begining. http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/16x16_smiley-sad.gif she was a proud Lady and a Great ship. they will be decommissioning her on Oct 28th in San Diego. its kinda strange to see her retired when I remember her as a new ship

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v129/CUDA97045/10070301.jpg

this is her last entry into San Diego, her crew is manning the rail as is tradition on the final voyage
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v129/CUDA97045/finalvoyage.jpg


The LHA class ship is 863 ft long, 108ft wide, (so she can fit through the panama canal with 6" on each side)she has a 32ft draft un-flooded and 46ft when flooded, she is 80 ft from the flight deck to the waterline, 106 foot at the bridge wing and 180 ft at the mast, which is retractable so she can fit under the Coronado bridge the entire Island structure is aluminum, she displaced 40,000 tons, she has a crew of about 800 officers and enlisted and can carry a detachment of 2500 Marines with air crew. she has a climte adjustable room so that the marines can train before dis-embarking to any climate in the world, she carries all type of helo's and also the AV-8 Harrier, there were only 5 LHA's built with Belleau Wood being the 3rd and Peleliu being the last. Belleau Wood is the first to be decommision tho, dunno why :-/ uhm I hope it didnt have anything to do with that time I bounced her off the Pier in San Diego http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/blink.gif http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_biggrin.gif

WOLFMondo
09-13-2005, 09:14 AM
<BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-title">quote:</div><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-content">Originally posted by BSS_CUDA:
I hope it didnt have anything to do with that time I bounced her off the Pier in San Diego http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/blink.gif http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_biggrin.gif </div></BLOCKQUOTE>

And they still let you at the helm!

FOE_Pappy
09-13-2005, 09:46 AM
S! Cuda

Sounds like good memories.

I understand where you flying style comes from, long slow turns, etc. hehe

huggy87
09-13-2005, 09:47 AM
It is hard to believe we are scrapping ships so relatively new. I was on the enterprise in 2001, the worlds first nucliear carrier, and it was 40 years old at that time. The thing is expected to serve into the next decade.

Taylortony
09-13-2005, 10:47 AM
So were you known as Uncle Albert? http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/blink.gif

steve_v
09-13-2005, 03:32 PM
<BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-title">quote:</div><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-content">Originally posted by BSS_CUDA:
She was a proud Lady and a Great ship. </div></BLOCKQUOTE>Time will never change that.

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v129/CUDA97045/10070301.jpg

horseback
09-13-2005, 06:37 PM
At least you got a new ship, _cuda. I got a Garcia class frigate that was 8 years old when I got to her, and the whole class was made with recycled parts! No wonder we spent so much time dead in the water...the Davy Maru was decommissioned almost twenty years ago, and given to Brazil, where no doubt, she is being cursed as thoroughly in Portuguese as she was in English, Hawaiian, and Tagalog.

I take it that you were a Bosun's Mate? As an ET, I was assigned as JL Talker on the Special Sea & Anchor Detail myself.

cheers

horseback

FI_Willie
09-13-2005, 08:15 PM
Sucks to see "your" ship get pulled.

I was on the USS AMERICA CVA-66 as a memeber of CAG 8 on her last WESTPAC cruise. My squadron dropped the last bombs of the Viet Nam conflict.

They drug my ship out to sea and shot her full of holes recently. http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_frown.gif

EmbarkChief
09-13-2005, 08:35 PM
Well, I never cruised on her but I was on board a couple of times. Feel like I know her pretty well after doing so many load ex's. Sad.

wayno7777
09-13-2005, 08:35 PM
~S~

Enforcer572005
09-13-2005, 09:09 PM
am i the only one who isnt comfy wiht decoming such modern ships? they wont scrap her (until another anti-military president or first lady comes along) but i thought we were at war in an infantry intensive conflict. kinda dont make sense.

whats really bad is that our last admin SCRAPPED ALL of our nuclear powered surface ships except the carriers (and he wanted those). I freaked when i saw that the virginia and south carolina class cruisers were srapped.....they were less than 20 yrs old...just politically incorrect.

I am kinda surprised a promilitary admin is doing this....i guess the military has other assets they can use, but jeeese.

THey recently used the AMerica as a target in classified destruction tests, sicne they had never had a modern CV get attacked or hit before. didnt say how they sunk her, but i bet it took alot of ordinance. they are using the results in designing the next generation of carrier, which will have rail guns for cats.

Kinda sad to see such historical ships meet such a fate, but its better than scrapping.

BSS_CUDA
09-13-2005, 09:45 PM
<BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-title">quote:</div><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-content">Originally posted by horseback:

I take it that you were a Bosun's Mate? As an ET, I was assigned as JL Talker on the Special Sea & Anchor Detail myself.

cheers

horseback </div></BLOCKQUOTE>

Quartermaster second class http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_biggrin.gif, and no you Army brats I was not in supply, I was a Navigator, I worked with sattelite Navigation when it was new and the unit was the size of a suitcase and you could only get a fix every 90 minutes http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/blink.gif now you have it available on your cell phone.

I can Feel for those that served on U.S.S. America. I hope the Wood doesnt suffer the same fate http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/51.gif

huggy87
09-13-2005, 10:57 PM
Unless it is a carrier or a resupply vessel it is just a target anyway. http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/16x16_smiley-happy.gif

Pirschjaeger
09-14-2005, 04:22 AM
For those that think Cuda was the Helmsman of two white boxes with red X's inside, go to goolge images and use "U.S.S. Belleau Wood LHA-3" for keywords and you'll get a ton of pics. http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/16x16_smiley-wink.gif

It worked for me http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/16x16_smiley-happy.gif

Fritz

BSS_CUDA
09-14-2005, 06:12 AM
<BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-title">quote:</div><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-content">Originally posted by huggy87:
Unless it is a carrier or a resupply vessel it is just a target anyway. http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/16x16_smiley-happy.gif </div></BLOCKQUOTE>

snif snif, bubblehead?

huggy87
09-14-2005, 09:08 AM
No hornet pilot. And it takes a surprising amount of ordnance just to sink a frigate. I wonder what the belleau wood would require. But, of course, it was just some good natured ribbing.

BSS_CUDA
09-14-2005, 10:52 AM
nope I understand, bubbleheads call all surface ships targets, thats why I asked http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_biggrin.gif

as far as what it take to sink her, I hope we dont find out http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/16x16_smiley-sad.gif

Stackhouse25th
09-14-2005, 11:05 AM
they should fill ur ship up with terrorists and torpedo it in the middle of the atlantic for target practice.

MB_Avro_UK
09-14-2005, 03:27 PM
As an ex-Royal Navy flier I sympathise..

Accountants rule the world http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/51.gif

Regards,
MB_Avro

woofiedog
09-15-2005, 02:43 AM
http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/16x16_smiley-sad.gif They already made New Car Part's out of my old Ship... it's Sad to see them pass into just a Historical Note in a book.

http://www.ussbiddle.org/pictures/pao_dn-st-91-09715.jpg
<span class="ev_code_YELLOW">USS Biddle (DLG/CG-34)</span>

Capt.England
09-15-2005, 06:03 AM
http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/16x16_smiley-sad.gif

So sad to see the old stuff go. Hopefully someone will decide to turn it into a museum piece? I went on board a R.A.N. ship and sub when I visitied Sydney in April this year. Good day out if your in the area!

Beaufort-RAF
09-15-2005, 08:37 PM
<BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-title">quote:</div><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-content"> As an ex-Royal Navy flier I sympathise.. </div></BLOCKQUOTE>

Which aircraft?