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 Post Posted: Sun Aug 31, 2008 5:49 pm 
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Here in Pensacola, we're expecting strong tropical storm force winds. During Katrina, we saw hurricane winds of about 80 mph, and that may be the case in Gustav, but we'll see.

The first of the outer bands rolled through a few hours ago, but right now everything is pretty quiet.

Oriskany should be fine, but she'll go through some pretty rough stuff - seas are forecast around 30' out where she is.

As we've prepared here, I am curous how ya'll prepared the ship before going through a major storm - hurricane or typhoon?

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Best wishes to everyone riding out the storm. Don't forget to "batten down the hatches". :shock:

We were in a Typhoon during the 1966 cruise. I don't know what preparations the ship undertook but on an aircraft carrier, not everything is 'bolted' to the deck; tables, chairs, filing cabinets, desks, etc. Even though the waves were high enough to go over the flight deck, nothing fell over or was damaged to my knowledge.

I'm just glad I wasn't on one of our Destroyer Escorts. They were playing submarine and were going into the waves and popping out the other side.

It was during this storm our choppers rescued the crew of a civilian ore carrier when it ran aground on Pratus Reef. One of our choppers was knocked right out of the air by a wave and that crew needed to be rescued as well.

The worst seas I recall was off the coast of San Francisco near the Fallaron Islands. It was during Carrier Quals prior to the 1967 Cruise. We were doing night operations in rough seas. Somehow the ship got 'sideways' to the waves. The ship rolled once, twice and on the third roll, everything loose went flying.

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All I remember is leaving Subic early because a typhoon was on the way.

The roughest seas I can recall was on transit to Yokusaka. Every time we would pass the word to stand clear of the flight deck due to heavy seas, a bunch of looky-loos would instantly appear on the bow to check it out.


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Seas out bt Oriskany have been reported near 40'. Here on the west side of Pensacola we're getting a lot of wind (which I'd guess is maxed out at about 45-50 mph) and some rain, but that's about it.

RADAR looks like Gustav is hooking to the West - which is unusual as they normally slice to the east just before landfall here on the northern Gulf.

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Come and Gone...not much of an event here really. Hope New Orleans can say the same.

The forecast is for the seas here to subside and be 2-4' on Wednesday and 1-2 on Thursday and through the weekend. We have trips scheduled to Oriskany for Saturday, but I'll try to get a report before then.

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