USS A Long Time Ago
It 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…