USS Alexander Hamilton

REUNITING SHIPMATES OF THE USS ALEXANDER HAMILTON, SSBN 617

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Comment by Chauncey Wells (Hobbit) on June 21, 2009 at 7:53pm
or at least the depth gage was changing by 200ft and the snorkel mast was sucking water...
Comment by Stan Tribble on June 21, 2009 at 10:01pm
I remember some rough times like that Chauncey. I will never forget the first time I experienced a broach. We were young and fearless in those days though. Can you imagine if we were this age when we first went to the boat? We would probably freak over some of those things!
Comment by Chauncey Wells (Hobbit) on June 22, 2009 at 5:41pm
Hey Mark, I remember stump the tech with MCC over the DialX, looking through the on board encyclopedia to find the most arcane bits of trivia to stump the FT's with, and I think the ET's got in on it too.
Comment by George Murray on June 22, 2009 at 10:39pm
Are you guys too young to remember the ULCER (Underwater Launch Current Energy Recorder) that occupied the space in MCML starboard side just forward of LCP1?
Comment by J Mark Hord on June 22, 2009 at 11:32pm
Memory refresher: LPO Massee would get ticked off about something and come to launcher and want us all there -"All MTs to launcher!" Usually FT zzzzz-Zimmerman would quip back, "Bring your empties to launcher!" It used to irritate the hell out of Massee. So, of course, that just encouraged other FTs to join in the fun.
Comment by Stan Tribble on June 22, 2009 at 11:45pm
George - I reported to the boat in 1979 and ULCER was already gone. I was about as much of a Curious George as was possible though and I remember looking at the hull penetration for ULCER in MCUL on the port side near the Guidance Workbench. It is funny you bring that up though, because I seem to recall someone telling me it was to measure wave height or something like that. So now I know the real story!
Comment by George Murray on June 23, 2009 at 9:23pm
There were two major functions of ULCER. There were 8 transducers that pointed directly upward that were located in the superstructure all the way from the bow to the rudder. these transducers transmitted a sonar signal directly upward that bounced off the surface and then returned. By measuring the time delay from transmission to receipt, one could actually get a picture of the wave height on the surface because they would light a series of lights. There was also a display in the Control Room for the OOD who would use the display to select an optimum course to come to PD.
Comment by Dana Harris on June 24, 2009 at 7:21am
That's something I never knew.
Comment by Mark Anthony "Fritz" Liepke on June 25, 2009 at 12:47am
MT2/SS Mark A. 'Fritz' Liepke. Gold Crew. 11 patrols (8 on the A-frog). From Dec 1978-Apr 1982. "Check his Rack"!
Comment by Mark Anthony "Fritz" Liepke on June 25, 2009 at 10:27am
For all who care to visit; http://www.facebook.com/efritzliepke?ref=name

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