I first crossed on way from the Persian Gulf to Darwin, Australia on USS Helena (SSN-725) on 22 February 1994 (15 years ago, wow!), Longitude CLASSIFIED!
As is Navy tradition, there were some initiation rituals and a ‘Steel Beach Picnic’ and swim call on the equator.
Now get below decks and swap – Pollywog!
I should add that I spent about 4.5 years of my life (from 1990-1995) living on a submarine. The ‘boat’ was stationed in Pearl Harbor, HI at that time and made several deployments in the Pacific Ocean. For you bubble-heads, it consisted of one NORPAC, two WESTPAC (the second one incuded some time in the Persian Gulf), and several EASTPAC deployments.
More information can be found here… http://www.skotfred.com/ssn725.php
I’ve made port calls in the following places…
- San Diego, CA (Point Loma)
- Bangor/Bremerton, WA
- Victoria/Esquimalt, BC Canada
- Nanoose, BC Canada
- Yokosuka, Japan (south of Tokyo)
- Sasebo, Japan (north of Nagasaki)
- Chinhae, Korea
- Pattaya Beach, Thailand
- Abu Dhabi, UAE
- Darwin, NT Australia