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Aerograph Articles 2014

Source: Aerograph August 2014

Submitted by AG1 Alan D. Baker, USNR RET and AGCS Lloyd Corbett, USN RET

Submitted by CAPT Ace Trask, USN RET

Submitted by AGCM Marty Bonk, USN RET

Hurricane Darby July 1998

Aloha,                                                                     17 July. 2014

 I am not sure if you would be able to help with this request, but I thought I might give it a try.

 I am trying to find a decent picture of Hurricane Darby from 1998 that has enough definition to print well and frame. I believe it caused the RimPac exercises to be cancelled that year. My wife and I sailed through it on our honeymoon during a trip from San Francisco to Hawaii. I am looking for a full sized printable image of this storm, black and white with no data stamps if possible. For example, the one below would be great if it were printable.   

Thanks for any help or direction you might be able to provide.

James O’Shea

Submitted via Harry Hale, NWSA Historian
USS Saratoga (CV-60) - Click Image to Enlarge
   The decommissioned aircraft carrier Saratoga is officially headed for the scrapyard after the Navy paid one penny to a Texas scrapyard to dismantle the 81,101-ton flattop that once blockaded Soviet ships during the Cuban Missile Crisis.

Saratoga will head to Brownsville, Texas, later this year for scrapping by the company ESCO Marine, Naval Sea Systems Command said in a Thursday news release.

   The Saratoga is the second of three conventionally-powered carriers destined for scrapping. All Star Metals received the Forrestal earlier this year, also taking on the flattop for a penny. A third contract is pending for the Constellation, with International Shipbreaking Ltd.

   The one-cent payment is the lowest the Navy can offer to the company to take the flattop off the fleet’s hands. ESCO Marine will keep the profits from the sale of the scrap metal.

   The carrier, the sixth Saratoga in U.S. history, was decommissioned in 1994 after 38 years in service. Despite attempts to turn it into a museum, the Navy decided in 2010 that none of the applications to turn it into a public display was up to par.

   In addition to its pivotal role in the 1962 Cuban Missile Crisis, “Super Sara” was also involved in a 1986 airstrike against Libya.

   The carrier is expected to make its way to Texas this summer from its current berth at Naval Station Newport, Rhode Island.

Fate of USS Saratoga

Submitted by AGCS Lloyd Corbett, USN RET

Source: Aerograph May 2014

Two Articles Submitted by CAPT Ace Trask, USN RET

By Edwin Folk, AERM3
Submitted by LCDR Bruce DeWald, USN RET

So, You Think You Understand Sea Level (MSL)

Thermoscreen in Brillion, WI

Submitted by CAPT Frenchy Corbeille, USN RET

Rich Kane Retirement

Submitted by Fay Crossley, HRC Secretary

Source: Aerograph February 2014

Submitted by LCDR Dick Gilmore, USN RET

Submitted by CWO4 Mel Harder, USN RET

U.S.S. Gerald R. Ford – Check Out the Construction of the Most Expensive Ship Ever

Vietnam POWs – 40 Years Later

(YouTube Video)

This was really good!  Can’t believe it has been that long.

Submitted by AGCM Moon Mullen, USN RET

Antarctica Records Coldest Temperature Ever on Earth – 135.8 Degrees F Below Zero

(It is NOT an "Official temp.")

Submitted by LCDR Bruce DeWald, USN RET

Pentagon Proposes Plan to Gut Commissary’s Budget

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Submitted by LCDR J.E. Kerr, USN RET

Previous  Aerograph Articles of Interest 

CDR Don Cruse, USN RET
Historical Articles and Records


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Travel Via the Moon


Travel Articles on Various Subjects


Lloyd Corbett - The NWSA Project


Biographical Articles on AGs




Source: Aerograph May 2012

How to Simulate Being in the Navy


Submitted by AGCM Fred Baillie USN RET