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  1. Old Comment
    Eli13's Avatar

    Battleships and me...

    Just a joke.

    When I was visiting, they were doing some renovations to the bridge and various rooms below deck. I don't know if they found some money for that, or what, but from what I could tell she seemed in OK shape. Then again, I don't have much to judge against.

    What I still want to see is one of the Iowa classes. I was a bit disappointed when I did some research prior to visiting the 'Bama. But it's a battleship nonetheless, made for a fun night. Played some capture the flag at night. Hiding in the 16" turret lights seemed to be a great place to wait at.

    About that grease and oil scent, I definitely noticed it, but it wasn't all that bad to me. All in all, I enjoyed that experience a lot.
    Posted 08-19-2012 at 01:16 AM by Eli13 Eli13 is offline
  2. Old Comment
    PhantomCruiser's Avatar

    Battleships and me...

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    Originally Posted by Eli13 View Comment
    I spent a night on the Alabama, does that make me a battleship sailor now?
    Uhh, no.. Maybe we could say that your an honorary member? But anyway, Roll Tide!

    I've toured the Alabama, it was very different then the Iowa class, but similar enough in places to give me some deja vu. The guns are the same size and caliber, but in places the layout is drastically different (plus she's quite a bit shorter). One thing in particular that sent me time-travelling was that after all these years the Alabama still has that familiar smell of grease and oil. It was faint to me, but my wife said she thought it was pretty strong. She looked OK, but I wish they had more money to take better care of her (referring to the ship here, not the wife, she looks A-OK).

    I want to go see the North Carolina too, all the pictures I've seen tell me that the "Showboat" is well maintained. I'd also like to see the Texas, mainly to see how the design has changed.
    Posted 08-19-2012 at 12:47 AM by PhantomCruiser PhantomCruiser is offline
  3. Old Comment
    Eli13's Avatar

    Battleships and me...

    (Following your logic: )
    I spent a night on the Alabama, does that make me a battleship sailor now?

    Just kidding of course, but I plan on going again next year. Fun stuff.

    Enjoyed the naval commentary, PC.
    Posted 08-18-2012 at 11:23 PM by Eli13 Eli13 is offline
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    mojoey's Avatar

    Battleships and me...

    Well you know, I said the ship, I didnt say anything about the squid berthing
    Posted 08-16-2012 at 04:32 PM by mojoey mojoey is offline
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    PhantomCruiser's Avatar

    Battleships and me...

    I used the term Phantom Cruiser for my car for years (still do actually, I'm on the Mark IX model). It's from an old cartoon Space Ghost. But I'd would have tossed that Glick thing out an airlock as soon as it showed up in the series (same with Bandit on Johnny Quest).
    Posted 08-16-2012 at 02:33 PM by PhantomCruiser PhantomCruiser is offline
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    SiberianTiger's Avatar

    Battleships and me...

    Why are you Phantom Cruiser and not a Phantom Battleship, btw?
    Posted 08-16-2012 at 12:41 PM by SiberianTiger SiberianTiger is offline
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    PhantomCruiser's Avatar

    Battleships and me...

    The E? Honestly I think I'd been in better dives. The transient berthing they put me in was awful. I elected to spend the night on a roll of bubble wrap in the line shack. As far as carriers go, I think the Kitty Hawk was the best one I've seen.
    Posted 08-16-2012 at 12:30 PM by PhantomCruiser PhantomCruiser is offline
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    mojoey's Avatar

    Battleships and me...

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    Originally Posted by PhantomCruiser View Comment
    I've been on several other ships (it counts if I spent the night, right?). Those being the Iowa & Wisconsin, Nashville, Deyo (Dayayay-yo), Enterprise, America, Kitty Hawk and the San Jacinto (almost my favorite). Not going to lie, I got around. Before I got married I was Go-Navy!

    Hey hey! Big E FTW!
    Posted 08-16-2012 at 08:03 AM by mojoey mojoey is offline
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    Battleships and me...

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    Originally Posted by Izack View Comment
    Wouldn't "real aliens" have just dropped a solid block the size of that craft at a high fraction of lightspeed? Oh wait, that's just claptrap isn't it.
    As has been said a few times, if you have FTL you don't need weapons. Something slamming into Earth at c will be enough to cause major damage. In this case I just accept that the aliens couldn't/physics won't allow it/THEY JUST DON'T OK!!
    Posted 08-15-2012 at 05:28 PM by garyw garyw is offline
  10. Old Comment
    PhantomCruiser's Avatar

    Battleships and me...

    In order of appearance...
    1989/1990 - USS New Jersey
    1990/1991 - USS Missouri
    1993 - USS Doyle (8 weeks Baltops while on shore duty)
    1996/1997 - USS Steven W. Groves

    Keep in mind all these were as an attached command. As an airedale I wasn't "ships company" unless the ship "needed" us (if you get my meaning).

    Assigned commands, were; VC-6 (flying the Pioneer RPV), VX-1 (shore duty, with H-2, H-3, H-60B/F/H, S-3, P-3), finally HSL-44 (with the "Lead Dogs of Det 4) taking an SH-60 named Magnum-450).

    I've been on several other ships (it counts if I spent the night, right?). Those being the Iowa & Wisconsin, Nashville, Deyo (Dayayay-yo), Enterprise, America, Kitty Hawk and the San Jacinto (almost my favorite). Not going to lie, I got around. Before I got married I was Go-Navy!
    Posted 08-15-2012 at 02:30 PM by PhantomCruiser PhantomCruiser is offline
  11. Old Comment
    Izack's Avatar

    Battleships and me...

    Aye, that's what I'm looking for. Fun little thing for a weekend. I don't feel like watching The Good, the Bad and the Ugly this afternoon.
    Posted 08-15-2012 at 01:06 PM by Izack Izack is offline
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    Mattyv's Avatar

    Battleships and me...

    Which ship did you serve on?
    Posted 08-15-2012 at 12:38 PM by Mattyv Mattyv is offline
  13. Old Comment
    PhantomCruiser's Avatar

    Battleships and me...

    Don't try to put "Battleship" in the same league as other summer movie blockbusters. More along the lines of something for a Saturday matinee from days long-gone. Like Gary said, the movie was fun. Little bit hokey, but on reflection that might have been intentional (and if it was, it was brillient). I'd put in the same category as watching "Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade", only with a different flavor.
    I was entertained, and really, that's what I want out of a movie. If I want to think and contemplate, then I'll watch a film. There's a distinct difference.
    Posted 08-15-2012 at 12:34 PM by PhantomCruiser PhantomCruiser is offline
  14. Old Comment
    Izack's Avatar

    Battleships and me...

    Wouldn't "real aliens" have just dropped a solid block the size of that craft at a high fraction of lightspeed? Oh wait, that's just claptrap isn't it.

    Thanks for the naval insight, PC. I haven't seen more than a few minutes of this movie (and heard the audio for the entire first half; too busy in the next room over er... cuddling ) so when I do see it, I'll keep it in mind. Reading in your blog that Michael Bay isn't involved is a shock (this seems right up his alley) and encouragement to see this film without raising the blood pressure too much.
    Posted 08-15-2012 at 10:39 AM by Izack Izack is offline
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    garyw's Avatar

    Battleships and me...

    I have to say...... Aside from the silly comsat collision thing I loved this movie. It was silly, fun, lots of explosions and a James T. Kirk like character being thrust into command.

    Yes, there were a lot of technical issues with it, certainly some shipboard ones I never caught as I don't know the details of these ships and reading your blog makes those much clearer but I can over look those because its FUN.

    Too many movies today don't have a storyline or have one so weak you can poke holes it in. Battleships storyline was 'aliens invade, YES THEY DO, big guns, boom' - they never tried to techno babble why the aliens travelled light years through interstellar dust then ran over a comm satellite which I appreciate more than endless claptrap trying to justify a bad plot point.

    As for that anchor maneuver I loved it. Very clever visually appealling and helped the good guys to win. Of course, 'real world' aliens would probably have tracking systems on missiles so this wouldn't work but what the hell. I'd love to know where that was done previously because I know I've read about it before!
    Posted 08-15-2012 at 07:44 AM by garyw garyw is offline
  16. Old Comment
    PhantomCruiser's Avatar

    Battleships and me...

    Yeah, that was a sad day, I knew some of those guys. Only enough to nod at them in a passageway, but still.

    I'd considered this after-the-fact. But they clearly show a 9 gun broadside into the baddie, and it was turret 3 that took the impact of those alien whatever thingys.

    I must say though that direct fire with 16 inchers at less than 5000 yards is as easy as it gets. Pretty cool use of CGI, but a bit of camera shake would have been welcome. Hopper and Capt Nagata would have seen flames from above, below and both sides. The O-5 level bridge was my absolute favorite place to watch gun-shoots.

    I'm going to get my printer to start talking to my computer and scan in some old pictures. I'll take the best and post them here.
    Posted 08-15-2012 at 07:26 AM by PhantomCruiser PhantomCruiser is offline
  17. Old Comment
    Urwumpe's Avatar

    Battleships and me...

    About the turret issue: Maybe they mistook it with the Iowa... which had its turret 2 destroyed and sealed after a massive explosion.
    Posted 08-15-2012 at 07:09 AM by Urwumpe Urwumpe is offline
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    Posted 07-08-2012 at 06:58 PM by Scav Scav is offline
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    Posted 07-04-2012 at 12:32 AM by Aeadar Aeadar is offline
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    Marvin42's Avatar

    Phantom takes flight (Chapter 2)

    oh, yeah

    building up nice.
    Posted 07-02-2012 at 08:32 AM by Marvin42 Marvin42 is offline

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