S.S. Lane Victory – Bosun’s Ball fundraiser event on Saturday, April 17 2010

April 6, 2010 1 comment

United States Merchant Marine Veterans of WWII and the S.S. Lane Victory invite you to the Bosun’s Ball fundraiser event on Saturday, April 17 2010. Featuring: Dan Levinson’s Swing Wing, Carl Sonny Leyland Trio and the Yellow Houn’ Dawg Band. Tickets are $25 for adults, $10 for children under 12. All proceeds go toward maintenance and upkeep of the ship. See the attached link for details.toward maintenance and upkeep of the ship. See the attached link for details.

toward maintenance and upkeep of the ship. See the attached link for details.


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USS DEWEY DDG 105 – Commissioning in Seal Beach, California on Saturday, March 6, 2010.

March 1, 2010 Leave a comment

By Gregg Smith, Naval Weapons Station Seal Beach Public Affairs


10/29/09 — SEAL BEACH, Calif. (NNS) — Secretary of the Navy Ray Mabus has approved Naval Weapons Station Seal Beach, Calif., as the commissioning location of Pre-commissioning Unit (PCU) Dewey, the Navy’s newest and most technologically advanced guided-missile destroyer. The event will be the first time a U.S. Navy warship has been commissioned at Seal Beach.

The Ship

USS DEWEY DDG 105, an Arleigh Burke-class guided missile destroyer, is the third ship to bear the name of Admiral of the Navy George Dewey.

Ship’s Characteristics

Class and type: Arleigh Burke-class destroyer

Displacement: 9,200 tons

Length: 509 ft 6 in (155.3 m)

Beam: 66 ft (20 m)

Draft: 31 ft (9.4 m)

Propulsion: 4 × General Electric LM2500-30 gas turbines,

2 shafts, 100,000 shp (75 MW)

Speed: 30+ knots (55+ km/h)

Complement: 380 officers and enlisted

Armament: 1 × 32 cell, 1 × 64 cell Mk 41 vertical launch systems,

96 × RIM-66 SM-2, RMG-109 Tomahawk or


missiles 1 × 5/62 in (127/62 mm),

2 × 25 mm, 4 × 12.7 mm guns

2 × Mk 46 triple torpedo tubes

Aircraft carried: 2 × SH-60 Sea Hawk helicopters

Motto: Dynamis Ex Cardias The Will to Fight from the Heart


DDG 105 keel laying occurred in October 4, 2006.

The ship to be delivered to the Navy in August 2009.

Dewey was christened on January 26, 2008 in Pascagoula, Mississippi.

Dewey is set to be commissioned in 2010, as the 55th Arleigh Burke class destroyer. Mrs. Deborah Mullen is the ship’s sponsor and the wife of Admiral Mike Mullen, current Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff.

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K6AA -United Radio Amateur Club (Maritime Museum, San Pedro , Ca)

February 24, 2010 1 comment

K6AA -United Radio Amateur Club

Well it was Friday night (Feb 19, 2010) and I had a good idea. To go down to San Pedro and attend the K6AA -United Amateur Radio Club meeting. Met some great people and won the raffle. A brand new digital multimeter. If that wasn’t nice enough the recipient of the next prize was gracious enough to give me the measuring tape he won.

Excluding August and December, the United Radio Amateur Club meets the third Friday of each month at 7:00 PM in the Los Angeles Maritime Museum at the foot of Sixth Street in San Pedro, California.

The guest speaker was Clint Bradford and he spoke on using hamsats, Echo 51 using just a handheld radio. I will include links below

K6LCS -Clint Bradford

Special thanks to K6AA President “Scotty” Butler K6ZNL and Vice President Bill CarterW6AJ

Link to PDF file of procedures and equipment

Echo -51

Satellite tracking

K6AA station details

  • Callsign: K6AA
  • Class: Club
  • Effective: 29 Oct 2007
  • Expires: 15 Jan 2018
  • Trustee: W6HB, Douglas L. Dowds
  • QSL Mgr: SASE to
    United Radio Amateur Club Inc.
    Berth 84 Foot of 6th St.
    San Pedro, CA 90731 USA
    — or via Bureau
  • Coordinates: 33° 44′ 9″ N, 118° 17′ 23″ W
  • Coordinates: 33.735842 -118.289745
  • County: Los Angeles
  • Grid: DM03ur
  • Area Code: 310
  • GMT Offset: -8
  • Time Zone: Pacific
  • Birthday: 01 Jan 1927
  • Email: k6aa
  • Website: http://www.k6aa.org
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USS Midway – US Navy Might

February 18, 2010 Leave a comment

Special thanks to Troy Prince, Aviation Machinist’s Mate, USN

Special thanks to Robert Crews for photos of radio room

In January of 1989, I reported to VAQ-136 onboard USS Midway, CV-41. I spent almost three years aboard her, sailing the Pacific and Indian Oceans, and the Persian Gulf. In August of 1991 I left Midway and cross-decked to USS Independence, CV-62. After leaving the squadron in 1992, I spent the next six years with two other commands in Japan. Although the next commands were great ones, neither of them could compare to the incredible experience of USS Midway. On January 10, 2004, I was very lucky and honored to be one of the few hundred allowed to ride Midway on her final voyage across San Diego Bay. During the several hours Midway was being towed, I wandered the ship reliving memories and remembering the time I spent aboard her in my younger days. It was a very special day and I am very proud to have been present during Midway’s last cruise. I have returned to Midway twice more since she arrived in San Diego. It was my privilege to participate in the USS Midway / San Diego Aircraft Carrier Museum’s grand opening in June 2004 as part of the Museum’s Safety / Security Team. My last visit was in March 2005 and I am eagerly awaiting another chance to return.

In remembrance of USS Midway and all the sailors who served aboard her, I have decided to share her magic with the rest of the world. Within this site I have compiled a series of pages, which include Midway’s history and specifications. I have put together lists of her commanding officers, awards, cruises, air wings, and squadrons. There are large galleries of pictures, patches, and memorabilia. The ship’s history has been researched in-depth and is drawn from many sources. While I believe it to be the most comprehensive history on USS Midway that is publicly available, I would very much welcome corrections and additions which can be supported and verified.

With this said, I hope you will enjoy my tribute to what I consider the Fleet’s Finest Carrier.

Midway History -PDF Download

~ Troy Prince, Aviation Machinist’s Mate, USN

~ VAQ-136 Gauntlets aboard USS Midway & USS Independence (1989 ~ 1992)

~ NAF Atsugi AIMD (1992 ~ 1994)

~ NAF Misawa AIMD (1994 ~ 1998)

Midway Sailor

Midway Special Events-PDF download

Main Website link below

USS Midway

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Mariner’s Employment Guide (Paperback)

February 13, 2010 Leave a comment

Book Description

The only complete navigation guide to fresh and salt water maritime, aquatic employments. It takes you through a step-by-step process that is listed in both layman and nautical terms. Pelletier fully describes the civilian merchant marine/naval service, giving its history, its present situation, and projections for the future. The book clearly explains the full spectrum of the merchant marine, from small passenger vessels that carry six or less passengers for hire to large passenger vessels that carry thousands of passengers, from towboats that ply the waters of the Western Rivers and harbors to freighters, crude oil, chemical tankers and containerships, that cross the seven seas, from crewboats working in the Gulf of Mexico oil patch to supply boats that service oil and gas rigs worldwide. Merchant marine employment, as the Guide s nucleus, is handled in a very thorough manner however, the book also covers shipyard and recreational boat building, repair & manufacturing, marine biology, oceanography, ocean engineering, geology, geophysics, naval architecture, naval engineering, ocean engineering, chemical & petroleum engineering, offshore oil & gas, commercial diving, ROV s (remotely operated vehicles), commercial sport fishing & charter, marine surveyors/investigators, commercial yachting, culinary arts & hospitality management careers are covered, and more.

This book contains: 33 illustrations – 304 marine position descriptions & salary ranges – 70 national / international contacts listed – 620 marine/aquatic schools listed – 145 marine / aquatic employment unions and agencies listed – 512 marine / aquatic associations listed – 162 marine / aquatic publishers listed – 152 marine/aquatic bookstores listed and 1,525 entries of marine and aquatic words and terms glossary

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Maritime Industry Training Program (Torrance, California)

February 13, 2010 Leave a comment

STCW-95 Training

United States Coast Guard Certified Basic Safety Standards for Training Certification and Watch keeping (STCW)

El Camino College is proud to offer the U.S. Coast Guard approved courses that will give maritime personnel all the training components necessary for STCW certification. These standards require basic safety training of anyone who serves on a 200 Gross Registered Tonnage (GRT) or larger private vessel and/or works on a commercial vessel of 200 (GRT) or larger and is part of the required crew complement or is assigned a responsibility on the muster list. According to the regulations, this training must be completed before the individual can be assigned to duty. All personnel must be certified beginning 2/1/2002. A vessel that fails to comply with the new regulations may well be considered "un-seaworthy," should there be any litigation resulting from a casualty or injury or property loss or damage.

The components of the STCW certification training include personal safety and social responsibility, personal survival, elementary first aid and fire fighting. The STCW training programs are offered at the Business Training Center and at El Camino College’s facilities.

Delivery of instruction is scheduled on a convenient and flexible basis. Call (310) 973-3147 to contact Mary for more information.

Courses Offered Include

Basic Safety Training Modules
Four modules that together provide 40 hrs of training that meet the requirements of the STCW95 code, tables A-VI/1-1 through A-VI/1-4.

This 4-hour training provides seafarers with a better understanding of human relationships and how they relate to living and working onboard vessels. Topics include, group behavior, personal interaction, conflict resolution, drug/alcohol abuse, sexual harassment and general personal safety.


A 16 hour training on how to react correctly in the event of a shipboard fire and use fire appliances correctly for the safety of personnel and the ship. Instruction includes practical fire fighting training using live fire scenarios with real equipment and gear.

An 8-hour training in providing immediate basic medical care at the scene of an accident or medical emergency until the arrival of qualified medical personnel. Instruction includes fundamentals of First Aid and Emergency Care.

A 12-hour training in personal survival techniques at sea. Emphasis is on skills needed to survive in the event of ship abandonment. Training includes abandonment scenarios using life rafts, life jackets and emergency radio equipment.

Proficiency in Survival Craft (Lifeboatman)
The purpose of this course is to train personnel in the proper actions involved in taking command of, launching, and handling of a survival craft during an emergency evacuation/abandonment.
Any applicant who has successfully completed the 4-day, 32-hour Proficiency in Survival Craft course will satisfy:
1) The Survival Craft training requirements of Section A-VI/2 and Table A-VI/2-1 of the STCW Code; AND
2) The training requirements of 46 CFR 12.10-3 (a) (6) for any endorsements as Lifeboatman, provided that sea service requirements are also met.
Course and practical performance drills include ship abandonment, survival, lifeboat and liferaft characteristics and equipment, lifeboat davits winches and releasing mechanisms, boat handling and seamanship, launching and recovery of lifeboats, emergency signaling and helicopter rescue.

Advanced Fire Fighting
This is an advanced Marine Fire Fighting course designed to meet STCW Regulation VI/3 Advanced Fire Fighting.
Topics for this 40 hr. training include: training of seafarers in fire fighting, ventilation control including smoke extraction, monitoring and control stability during fire fighting, response of bridge, deck and engine room watch officers to emergencies, emergency response team leadership, plan of attack for on-scene fire fighting leaders, co-ordination of shipboard fire fighting, co-ordination with shore-based fire fighters, care of injured people, fixed fire detection and extinguishing installations, inspection and maintenance of emergency equipment, incident investigation and reporting, crowd management, search and rescue and communications.

Medical Care Provider

This is a 32 hour program designed to enable the participant to meet the requirements of STCW 95 Ch VI, Section A-VI/4-1 Table A-VI/4-1. Upon completion the participant will be able to demonstrate a higher level of competency to take action upon encountering an accident or medical emergency as required by the code.

Through instructor directed presentations and practical sessions the program presents topics including Immediate Action to be taken in an Emergency, Body Structure and Function, Toxicological hazards aboard ship, Medical care of rescued persons, Cardiac Arrest, Burns, Fractures and Dislocations, Spinal Injuries and immobilization, Administration of Medications, Maintaining a healthy environment aboard ship and use of Medical Advisory Services.

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USCG Announces Notice Proposed Rule Making

February 12, 2010 Leave a comment

USCG Announces Notice of Proposed Rule Making –

The United States Coast Guard is requesting comments on the proposed final implementation of STCW for US mariners. The goal is to have the final implementation in place by July 2010 thus ending the Interim Regulations.

The proposed implementation includes changes in required sea time to achieve various licenses, clarification of definitions that have been ill-defined or gray for many years, and also specifies training requirements that are expensive, and in some cases irrelevant, to our industry.

The 90 page NPRM can be accessed here .

• 200GRT NC Mate (suitable for int’l voyages) will require three years of sea time (1080 days) for an original issue. This is three times longer than the current requirement. (As this relates to STCW, it is unlikely that we can have any effect on it, but it will make finding NC mates in the 200 ton category very difficult for international voyages or voyages which enter foreign waters.)

• Rating Forming Part of a Navigation Watch (RFPNW) still requires service on vessels over 200GRT. (Time that is extremely difficult to obtain in many parts of the industry.)

• The lowest level Master/Mate licenses for Oceans, foreign going routes, will now be 1600 tons. No new Ocean 500, 200, 100 ton licenses of any kind will be issued. Existing licenses of this tonnage will be renewed. Primary qualifying time for 1600/3000 will be 75GRT.

• There will be a route to upgrade from a current 500grt license to the new 1600 ton license. It is crucial that anyone who qualifies for a 500grt license now gets it now, before these changes become final. Otherwise you will be stuck getting a mates license and serving for several more years before qualifying for your masters license.

• Flashing light will be required for all licenses (not ratings) subject to STCW code (all over 200GRT, all Oceans, all NC int’l.) and for upgrades if not previously completed.

• To obtain 1600 GRT Mate or Master, applicant must qualify for AB and RFPNW (the requirement is a hurdle for all new applicants for ANY Ocean or NC Int’l Mate or Master license.)

• All licensing pathways above 200GRT operating in waters subject to STCW Code will require sequential advancement from Mate to Master. (This differs from the current scheme.)

• OUPV for near coastal waters will be limited to sailing on domestic voyages out to 100nm.

• Mariners holding a valid STCW endorsement on or before the effective date of the final rule will NOT need to take additional training to retain the STCW endorsement. (USCG is aiming for July 2010) Any future upgrades will only need to meet the requirements for the new credential being sought.

Mariners currently in the application process should move forward as rapidly as possible to avoid new requirements.

To clarify the impact of adoption of rules, any new mariner wishing to progress to mate or master of any vessel that transits foreign waters or into Ocean waters (>200nm from shore) will now be required to obtain a 1600GRT/3000GT license, REGARDLESS OF THE TONNAGE OF THE VESSEL.

• Engineers holding DDE or limited tonnage licenses will be restricted to domestic voyages. The STCW licensing route for engineers will now require lengthy training programs.

• The deadline for comments is February 16th, 2010. The procedure for submitting your comments is outlined in the Federal Register .

Now is the time to get your license or upgrade your qualifications


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