Ok lets start with the "Mail Buoy Watch", The premise is in the middle of the ocean with no land for thousands of miles and it is Sunday (A "No Fly Day"). Everyone on the ship knows there is no such watch as the, "Mail Buoy Watch" except the newbies. These are the same folks who hunt for the bowling ally, new gig line, Final Bearing grease for hours. So the whole ship sets up 4 hour watch with reliefs along the ships side. Officer and enlisted are both out there looking over the starboard side for hours waiting on an aircraft to fly by and toss out the mail. The entire crew is watching them on the PLAT TV laughing and looking at their watches to see how long until they figure it out.
Dear John letters are brutal.
TAD to the mess decks. Snipes drinking that snipe oil(coffee) that could strip rust of any bulkhead.
I have a million ATC sea stories.
F-14 doing a right hand entry to the Final Bearing at 7 miles dirtying up and dropping altitude from Angels 6. I get him and tell him in a calm ATC voice, "I show you in a rapid decent MAINTAIN YOUR ALTITUDE I will call decent" ........he pulled up and I watched him increase altitude at about 4 miles out at 200 ft from the water. Talk about sphincter moment. That pilot was Commander "Bug"Roach if anyone wants to know. I great LSO from CVW2.
Tail Hook snapping off A-6
Arresting Gear snapping F-14 and fishing those crews from the ocean.
I'm guessing you have a place to submit stories.