Four Knots to Nowhere contains the recollections and current experiences of the life of an active duty Missile Technician, currently stationed on Shore Duty at the Naval Ordnance Test Unit, Cape Canaveral, FL.

Friday, August 26, 2005

Sterling Silver Dolphins

This is a copy/paste of an email forwarded around the AD sub community (slightly edited for format and other stuff). Yeah, I know all you DBFers are gonna turn your collective noses up at the "Patrol Pin" part of the with it! This is actually a pretty good deal for Sterling Silver fish, especially if they don't add much more for engraving.

Cross-posted at Ultraquiet No More

-----Original Message-----
From: Weller, David CMDCM
Subject: FW: Solid Silver Dolphins and Patrol pin

CMDCM (SS) Dave Weller

-----Original Message-----
From: Banks, Ronald CWO2 (S)
Subject: Solid Silver Dolphins and Patrol pin


Below is an email my wife sent out. I have been looking for a matching set of solid silver dolphins and patrol pin, if we can get 50 people to commit it would be $100.00 for a set. Let me know if you would be interested. They will also engrave names and dates if you desire.




OK everyone.... I've been looking for Sterling Silver Dolphins and a Patrol Pin for Ron. I was able to find a local jeweler that will do it for me for $200.00. If I find 25 people that would like them I can drop the price by $50.00 and if I find 50 people that want them I can drop it by another $50.00!

These would make a great Chiefs Gift, Christmas Gift, Birthday Gift or just a gift for yourself! If you'd like a set forward this info on to your Wife, Parents, Grandparents, Girlfriends and get on Zina's list! If they ship outside of California, NO sales tax. Pass the word to the NEX, Dolphin Stores, any sub group, Chiefs Quarters.. Friends and Enemy's you have or know, lets get 50 sets sold so we can all get a deal!

Zina Sterling Silver & Gifts
470 South Beverly Drive
Beverly Hills, CA 90212
(310) 286-2206
(800) 336-3822

25 Sets: Sterling Silver Dolphins and Patrol Pin
$150.00 Plus $9.00 shipping

50 Sets: Sterling Silver Dolphins and Patrol Pin
$100.00 Plus $9.00 shipping

Thursday, August 25, 2005

Commenting Policy on BRAC

So the Navy BRAC results are out, as noted in multiple other blogs, to include and Ultraquiet No More.

Being that I am still Active Duty, I have received the following guidance:

"We have received clear guidance from the acting Deputy Secretary of Defense that Department of Defense personnel refrain from answering questions or providing comments regarding the Commission's recommendations. That means it is inappropriate for any DOD employee to comment on BRAC decisions. Remember: They are still recommendations until recommended by President and enacted by Congress."

That means that I cannot comment in any official (or unofficial) capacity on the BRAC recommendations. I don't really have much to say that hasn't been said already, though, so the point is rather moot.

They should get to my current command (Naval Ordnance Test Unit) later today. We fall under the Joint Commands Briefing Seperately portion of the deliberations. Specifically Chapter 10, Section 182 (Consolodate Navy Strategic Test & Evaluation). The recommendation (direct from the black and white Horse's Mouth) is:

"Realign Patrick Air Force Base, Cape Canaveral, FL, by relocating Nuclear Test and Evaluation at the Naval Ordnance Test Unit to Strategic Weapons Facility Atlantic, Kings Bay, GA."

When this issue is debated by the commission, I will provide on this blog the information presented by the commsission. I'll try my best to avoid personal comment (as hard as that might be!)

UPDATE: Well, the commission moved to strike the proposal to relocate NOTU, and the motion was approved with an 8-1 vote, with only Mr. Principi (Chairman) voting against. So, now the recommendation is to keep NOTU open, and since the POTUS has already said he will approve the commission's findings, the only real step left is Congress.

Monday, August 22, 2005

What the hell is an SSGN?

"During the Cold War we created the first SSBN by enlarging the partially-constructed hull of the then-named Scorpion. In only two years the conversion was complete, the ship was renamed USS George Washington (SSBN-598), and the concept of strategic deterrence was changed forever. Clearly, there is a well-established precedent of converting existing platforms into new ones built on proven concepts and the latest technology.

Today’s “transformation” efforts include advanced sensors and surveillance systems, rapid precision strike, assured access to hostile or denied areas, and a high “tooth-to-tail ratio” (the ratio of combat power to required support). Responsive, forward-deployed units, survivable against anti-access threats, and capable of sustained high-volume strike with minimal logistic support, score high in these categories – SSGN is a prime example.

Now that the program has been established, it’s a good time to regroup and summarize the status of SSGN. Here is a quick summary of the capabilities the baseline SSGN brings to joint warfare:

- TRIDENT stealth and reliability, with more than 20 years of service life remaining for each SSGN;

- Large-volume precision strike, with up to 154 Tomahawk and Tactical Tomahawk
cruise missiles;

- Sustained Special Forces operations, to include insertion, extraction, and support of 66 Special Forces personnel, conditioned and ready, with onboard periods much longer than on SSNs;

- Command center for mission planning and execution;

- Capacity for conducting other SSN missions, such as intelligence, surveillance, reconnaissance, and targeting (ISRT); anti-submarine warfare; anti-surface warfare;
and mine warfare;

- High-data-rate connectivity and joint command/control capability with a “Virginia-class” advanced SSN radio room and ISR suite;

- 70 percent operational availability by using two crews – to achieve a continuous, 2.65-ship deployed presence in support of CINC mission requirements;

- 20 times the payload of an SSN, with large ocean interfaces (22 seven-foot diameter launching tubes, two for SOF lock-out); opportunity for payload experimentation and development.

Would You Like to Know More?

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Friday, August 19, 2005

Four Knots to Nowhere Launched!

Yeah, I know. There's already a bunch of submariner blogs hanging around out here in cyberspace. What can another one do for me besides add to my already full favorites list?

Better question, "Why the hell am I writing a blog when I hardly write anything over at my blog on"

No clue, as of yet, so you'll have to wait on the answer. Maybe because I've been getting such positive remarks on the U.S. Navy group on MySpace for the information I dispense at random. Or perhaps because my own group on MySpace leaves alot to be desired in the way of experiences I've had. Whatever the reason, I'm here now, and I'll try my best to keep this space updated at least somewhat regularly.

So what do I intend to do with this blog? Well, even with the abundance of submariner blogs out there, I have noticed that there isn't much in the way of Trident sailors, much less Missile Technicians. Maybe, by way of some miracle, I can provide some interesting items/experiences/sea stories from my perspective as a 'hole in the water'.

Hovering at Launch Depth,


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