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Contributed by Bob Huddleston. Here is USS Preble during transit of the Suez Canal on 6 May 1981 heading for the Indian Ocean on deployment. Contributed by Bob Huddleston. 45k
Contributed by Tom Bateman. Anybody remember fresh water washdown before entering port? The three people I recognize in this picture are GMM2 Tim Hartmann (foreground), GMM2 Gerald Franzen (far right) and GMM3 Dave "Zat" Wright (2nd from right). Contributed by Tom Bateman. 20k
Contributed by Tom Bateman. A flyover of Preble. Contributed by Tom Bateman. 55k
Contributed by Tom Bateman. Plane guard duty (again) for USS America (CV-66). Contributed by Tom Bateman. 20k
Contributed by Tom Bateman. Your webmaster being hoisted into a CH-46 Sea Knight for a visit to USS America (CV-66). Contributed by Tom Bateman. 18k
Contributed by Tom Bateman. The Captain (CDR Stone - Now RADM) pitching in to keep the bridge shipshape. Contributed by Tom Bateman. 28k
Contributed by Tom Bateman. Just in case. Contributed by Tom Bateman. 51k
Contributed by Tom Bateman. CWO3 Osterfield, LT Katcher, LCDR Carr, and LT Patrick Derry trying out an original Singapore Sling at the Raffles Hotel in Singapore (where else?) Contributed by Tom Bateman. 41k
Contributed by Tom Bateman. LCDR Carr, LTJG Jim Grabe, LTJG Walter Starkey, and GMM2 Tom Bateman in CIC during Condition 3 steaming in the Persian Gulf.  (I know, what's a Gunners Mate doing in Combat? I was standing Engagement Controller watch). Contributed by Tom Bateman. 62k
Shellback Ceremony With the implementation of the "No Hazing" policy in the Navy, a number of rich traditions have gone by the wayside.   One of the best known was the "Crossing the Line" or Shellback Ceremony.   I went through this in 1981 and can say that it did not scar me mentally or otherwise degrade or harm me. To see some of what used to go on, click on the Shellback certificate to the left.
Contributed by Tom Bateman. Bird away during REDEX 1-81. Contributed by Tom Bateman. 23k
Contributed by Tom Bateman. One of our Russian shadows while in the Indian Ocean. This was a Krivak class Frigate.  Contributed by Tom Bateman. 34k
Contributed by Tom Bateman. Our shadow gets up close and personal with the stern of USS California.   Contributed by Tom Bateman. 46k
Contributed by Tom Bateman. This shadow, a Kara class Guided Missile Destroyer, did not get as close as the Krivak.  Contributed by Tom Bateman. 21k
Contributed by Tom Bateman. A view of the after part of the ship from the SPS-48C platform on the forward mast.  This was taken during one of the rare times that all the radars were shut down while at sea.  We had anchored somewhere out in the I/O to perform maintenance. My buddy, FTM2 Bill McManus took me up with him. Contributed by Tom Bateman. 67k
Contributed by Tom Bateman. Still on Plane Guard for USS America (CV-66).  Seems like that's all we did when we were not up in the Persian Gulf. 19k
Contributed by Tom Bateman. FTM3 Carl Brewer, FTM3 Bill Stevan, FTM2 Steve Rollins, FTM1 John Adams, & FTM2 Dave Verone on liberty in Australia. Contributed by Tom Bateman. 49k
Contributed by Tom Bateman. 4th division's Shellback Beauty Queen - FTMSN Larry Gabbert and FTM2 Marcos Gonzalez. Contributed by Tom Bateman. 29k
Contributed by Tom Bateman. Yours truly, GMM2 Tom Bateman on the 03 level aft while Preble was in transit through the Suez Canal. Contributed by Tom Bateman. 36k
Contributed by Tom Bateman. QM3 Heckman, QM2 Gall, GMM2 Dave Wright, and GMM2 Gerald Franzen enjoying a brew at a sidewalk cafe in Cartagena, Spain. Contributed by Tom Bateman.42k
Contributed by Tom Bateman GMMSN Gary Pecher and STG2 Keith Ford passing the time during UNREP with USS America (CV-66) in the Indian Ocean. Contributed by Tom Bateman. 28k
Contributed by Rich Carlson During the cruise, a raffle was held and the winners got to board the U-Boat and have a couple of beers (not on board a commissioned Naval Vessel so it's legal). Contributed by Rich Carlson. 31k
GMG1 Mike Jones receiving an award.  Contributed by Mike Jones. 41k
ET1 Tim Fox and GMG1 Mike Jones at the New Zealand NCO's Club, Singapore. Contributed by Mike Jones. 48k
4th Division's SPG-55B Fire Control Radar Crew - FTM1 Steve Hahs, FTM2 Dave Phillips, FTM2 Marcos Gonzalez, FTM3 Bill Stevan, FTM1 John Adams, FTMC Richard Burch, FTM2 Dave Verone, ?, FTMSN Larry Gabbert, FTM2 Bob Kasik, FTM2 Julio Carios, FTM2 Larry Works.
FTM2 Steve Hahs, ET2 Mike Sedenquist, FTM2 Marcos Gonzales.  Contributed by Mike Sedenquist.
An SH-3 from USS America (CV-66) delivers the mail sometime during the Southbound Suez Transit. Contributed by PH2 Robert Bunge, TAD from USS America (CV-66) during the transit.
An SH-3 from USS America (CV-66) receives fuel via HIFR sometime during the Southbound Suez Transit. Contributed by PH2 Robert Bunge, TAD from USS America (CV-66) during the transit.
A poster from the 1981 Fantail Olympics announcing a rare appearence by "The Sleaze Brothers". Contributed by Steve Rollins. 270k
"A starboard view of the guided missile destroyer USS PREBLE (DDG-46) with an Egyptian tugboat during the escorting of the aircraft carrier USS AMERICA (CV-66) through the canal on it southward journey. The AMERICA is the first U.S. Navy carrier since 1967 and the largest ever to travel this route." From the Defense Media center. 37k
FTM3 Carl Brewer and FTM3 Bob Kasik enjoy Steak and Beer for dinner after 45 days at sea. Contributed by Bill Stevan. 180k
FTM2 Steve Hahs and FTM1 John Adams enjoy Steak and Beer for dinner after 45 days at sea. Contributed by Bill Stevan. 122k
FTM3 Bill Stevan and FTM2 Julio Carios having a discussion on the 01 Level Aft. Contributed by Bill Stevan. 90k
(front) FTM2 Marcos Gonzalez, FTM2 Julio Carios, (back) GMM2 Brennan, FTM3 Carl Brewer, FTM2 Dave Verone, FTM1 John Adams, FTM2 Steve Hahs. Contributed by Bill Stevan. 120k

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