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Nice to see it's not being torch cut up for scrap like to USS Clamagore. Sadly was at patriots point this past October and they were tearing it apart.. hundreds of huge batteries in the parking lot, the interior all torn out and in dumpsters.
 

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Mention of period toys......Donna dealt for a pair of German made WW 1 era replica Maxims. They have a crank on the back and go 'POP' and shoot a wooden bullet each turn of the crank. Neat toy from way back.

My kids went onto a sub parked in Baltimore that was still in service. It was parked in a slip with no guard. We thought it was part of the Baltimore Harbor display.....wasn't.....!!!!!!

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Just a light read List of submarines of the United States Navy - Wikipedia

I worked at Naval Sea Systems Command NAVSEA as a Security Specialist dealing with all things classified and reviewed all the contracts involving access to classified by contractors. I am proud to have reviewed and approved the contract for the Navy's new class of attack submarines. It was neat meeting with the program office from time to time checking in on the design, redesign etc, of the sub while it was still classified.

Navy awards Block V Virginia-class submarine contract > Naval Sea Systems Command > News
 

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I love WWII submarines. I've always thought it would be cool (but dangerous and prohibitively expensive) to fix up an old boat and start a "submarine camp", similar to those adult fantasy camps where you can go hangout with washed up rock starts, or be a farmer for a day or whatever. There's a group, out in CA I think, that does it with an old B-25 called Bomber Camp. It's a 2 day "boot camp" where you learn all about the aircraft systems and play with different stuff, and then at the end you fly a "mission" and everyone gets a turn on the Norden bomb sight trying to hit a target.

I was on the crew of the USS San Juan (Los Angeles class) boat for a few years. I was a nuke electrician, ran all the power generation equipment in the reactor plant. The funny thing is they haven't changed as much in 70 years as one might think - my wife and I went on the Torsk in Baltimore and I ended up inadvertantly giving a tour. I was taking her through, pointing things out, explaining how things work because it's all so similar. Next thing I know I've got half a dozen strangers following me, asking me questions and I answered. It was a lot of fun.
 

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I know the feeling of being an unofficial tour guide. I enjoy sharing the knowledge I have from my career. too bad some of the really really neat stuff is classified. I was able to go on a new attack submarine they put an extra section into by cutting it open and welding it back together. The next day was walking around a boomer.. so cool.

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I have wanted a sub since I was a kid and while I have been on a few of them over the years it is not the same as serving on one. My uncle was a captain of one of the trident subs back in the day (he was one of my heroes growing up ) and I was forever hounding him to take me with him.
 

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Thank you for your support! I saw above that you mentioned you work(ed?) at NAVSEA, so double thanks for that! I hung the uniform up back in '10, but have continued to work for the Navy in various capacities since. I'm currently working for OPNAV N97. You may have heard of them 🙃

I have wanted a sub since I was a kid and while I have been on a few of them over the years it is not the same as serving on one. My uncle was a captain of one of the trident subs back in the day (he was one of my heroes growing up ) and I was forever hounding him to me with him.
I was a fast attack sailor, but the boomers are really cool as well. Sadly, because of the mission there aren't too many opportunities to take people for rides. But awesome that you've been able to go on some boats. Its something not a lot of folks get to see.
 

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WOW....!! First time I've ever heard of a private owner of a WW2 sub. Congrats...!! Mind revealing what the cost was....? As most operational Sherman tanks are over $250,000.00,I would imagine the sub would be even more.
 
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