As yesterday was the Navy's birthday, I went looking for videos. One of my top sources for things of this nature is Gung Ho Videos, they rock. Check them out when you get the chance.
The Naviguesser's first assignment as a brand new ensign was to the USS Briscoe, DDG-977, a Spruance-class destroyer. He was actually onboard Briscoe in the photo below. Wave to the readers son!
As he was in M-Div, he was probably down in the engineering spaces. But note the flight deck aft on Briscoe. You can just make out the helo sitting there. His stateroom was directly under the flightdeck.
Noisy during flight ops?
Hotter'n Hell in the Gulf with a busted air conditioning system?
Yeah, he has some stories.
The new Spruance (DDG-111) is of the Arleigh Burke class of destroyers. So there was an entire class of ship named after the good admiral, now it's just the one ship. (The admiral himself is in the next photo, that's him on the left.)
In the small world department, The WSO was originally assigned to VFA-32, yes indeed, she was a Gypsy. Her squadron was assigned to CAG-3, that's right, USS Harry S. Truman. Oh yeah, her new outfit, VFA-2, the Bullets flying with CAG-2 on USS Ronald Reagan which participated in this year's RIMPAC. My kids get around!
Anyhoo, enjoy the vid, classic Navy stuff.