Summer Cruise -subs?

Discussion in 'Naval Academy - USNA' started by Dad2020, Feb 28, 2017.

  1. Dad2020

    Dad2020 Member

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    Our plebe put in for sub cruise this summer. Anyone know the odds of a plebe getting a sub cruise. He was considering flight as his number one choice, but might early select subs if he likes it so he wants to know as soon as possible if that's the route he should take.
     
  2. Capt MJ

    Capt MJ 10-Year Member

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    No way of telling. Depends on what operational Navy makes available, which depends on real world situations at the time. He will have other opportunities. Early select subs happens second semester 2/c year, so he has a bit of time. Just let it unfold.
     
  3. Dad2020

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    That seems to be an issue lately. They've started making spring break surface cruises available because they simply don't have the resources to take all of the Mids out on cruise. Needs of the Navy aside, the availability of the Navy is a more pressing issue it seems.
     
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    Sydney C. 5-Year Member

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    As the Capt notes, it all depends. Having said that, and keeping it mind it was a year ago so what applied then doesn't necessarily apply now, my DS got an exceptional sub cruise as a Plebe e.g. last minute orders changed from Georgia to Pearl Harbor no less for an 11 day trip on an attack sub during RIMPAC exercises with hundreds of ships.

    That was then...this is now but you never know.
     
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    Capt MJ 10-Year Member

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    Early select has moved even earlier, please correct me - haven't had any sub selects in the sponsor family since 3 out of class of 2014.
     
  6. ktnatalk

    ktnatalk Sailor. Shipmate. Parent.

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    Good for him! For the record, RIMPAC (the Rim of the Pacific Exercise), is the world's largest international maritime warfare exercise. It's held biennially during June and July of even-numbered years from Honolulu, Hawaii. It will not be held this year.

    I am all about rendering honors during colors, but during RIMPAC, unless you have 45 mins to spare and want to stand at attention or saluting facing the national anthems, I suggest be mindful of where you are during colors (0800 and sunset everyday)! :D
     
  7. NavyHoops

    NavyHoops Super Moderator 5-Year Member

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    As a former participant in RIMPAC, I can second the fact of not being there for colors! It's like having a 3 hour MEF change of command in Japan where everything has to be translated to Japanese... in 98 degree weather.

    Cruises can be hit and miss. Honestly less Mids on a boat, usually means more opportunities as they aren't trying to heard a dozen or more Mids around.
     
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    Capt MJ 10-Year Member

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    Ok - I will further chase the thread side-bar - I was Navy Region N3 (Ops O) for two RIMPACS during a 3-year tour. Crazy but fun time. Great to watch steaming in and out the Pearl channel from the Hickman side of the base. When they were all in port, I spent all day visiting the senior ship from each nation, reviewing schedules, ensuring they had what they needed. I always did the Japanese first, with my counterpart liaison officer, and they were never quite sure I was real, wanted to call my boss, the Chief of Staff. They had encountered very few, if any, female line officers with any authority. I saved HMAS DARWIN for last. Magically, around 1730 (5:30 pm), I would be invited to conduct business in the wardroom over a glass of Aussie Shiraz and "bikkies and Stilton." I was made an honorary member of the wardroom and still have my plaque and ship's belt buckle. DH and I hosted all my Ops counterparts for a wardroom-style dinner at our quarters on Camp Smith, up in Halawa Heights. Quite the night. Sea stories and bonding.

    Each nation hosted receptions on their designated night. The Japanese were the best - sushi stations, custom keepsake sake boxes, grill stations.

    I also got to get underway several times. Huge undertaking, great exercise, and it was an incredible professional experience to interact with sea service peers. The slang exchanges were hilarious.

    I plead guilty for checking my watch at national anthem times and ensuring I was still indoors.
     
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