Travel Log: Airships and Aircraft Carriers

(Smithfield, Rhode Island; July 19, 2017) – The Hindenburg blew up and crashed in flames May 6, 1937 near Hangar No. 1 at the Lakehurst naval air station in New Jersey. The disaster killed 36 people (35 people on the ship, one on the ground). The 803-foot long ship, veteran of 62 successful flights, was … Continue reading Travel Log: Airships and Aircraft Carriers

Travel Log: Hiatus Interruptus

(Norfolk, Virginia; July 16, 20187) – The original plan entailed a blog entry about my Grand Tour hiatus starting back in mid-May. I took a couple of weeks to watch my daughter, attend a family reunion back home in Niceville, and then planned spend a few weeks writing and just hanging with my folks before … Continue reading Travel Log: Hiatus Interruptus

Travel Log: Dueling Warships (Part 3)

(Niceville, Florida; March 8, 2018) The Sunshine State has waded into the waters of museum ships with two entries of her own. Granted, the firepower of these combined vessels wouldn’t dent the battleship North Carolina’s armor, but these ships are both rather unique vessels that tell an often overlooked part of America’s maritime story: the … Continue reading Travel Log: Dueling Warships (Part 3)

Travel Log: Dueling Warships (Part 2)

(Niceville, Florida; March 2, 2018) The duel of the warships now brings us south, to, appropriately enough, South Carolina. South Carolina is a state rich in natural and human history, a state that played a pivotal and famous role during the American Revolution, and a pivotal and infamous role during the American Civil War. Today … Continue reading Travel Log: Dueling Warships (Part 2)

Travel Log: Dueling Warships (Part 1)

(Niceville, Florida; March 4, 2018) I’m currently home in Niceville; Phase 1 of Grand Tour USA is done; Phase 2 begins in two weeks. Time to catch up, and I’ll start with a multi-part series on historic ships. Virginia, North Carolina, and South Carolina could put to sea some seriously heavy-duty naval armament if they … Continue reading Travel Log: Dueling Warships (Part 1)

Travel Log: The Lions Have Met

(Nov. 22, 2017)  The Lions have Met. From 2000 – 2012 I was on operational sea duty orders for the first time. I was attached to the Black Lions of VF-213 working on reconnaissance cameras and laser targeting systems aboard the F-14D Tomcat. Years later I reported to my second operational assignment: sea duty aboard … Continue reading Travel Log: The Lions Have Met

Proud Lion, Departing

(Oct. 22, 2017)  I was the only one of her Sailors there to see her off. She departed in dignity under her own power, gracefully allowing her story to close out. The Austin-class amphibious transport dock USS Ponce (LPD/AFSB 15) left Naval Station Norfolk today for the last time. The “Proud Lion” will be stored … Continue reading Proud Lion, Departing