USS A Long Time Ago

16998962_10211935795618636_4306627519461194984_nIt would be untrue to say that I do not talk – a lot – about submarines. What I haven’t spoken of nearly as much is my experiences on my boat, USS Michigan SSBN-727(G) from 1983-1987.

For nearly four years Michigan was my home. In fact, up to that point in my life, it was longest I had ever “lived” in one place, and it moved around the Pacific Ocean. What made her home for me wasn’t just 18,500 tons of HY-80 Steel and billions of dollars in the latest (ahem) equipment designed to accomplish the mission. It was 165 people who all had pretty much the same goal.

Last night I sat up quite late doing something that was never imagined in 1987 when I walked off the boat for the final time. And in those hours last night I found that feeling of home again. And I thought that maybe I could take a few minutes today and talk about it…

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