Thursday, July 14, 2016

'Comshaw Of PreComm Load Outs'

When a ship is precommissioned it’s allotted a large load out of equipment prior to sea trials which is stored in the shipyard. In one shipyard warehouse, the equipment for each ship was segregated and stored in separate wire mesh cages with locked doors.

Ship's crew members were only allowed in the cages after being properly identified. However, warehousemen were far too busy to monitor activities, once proper authorization was established.

One Boatswain’s Mate peered through the cage wire mesh and noted that the cruiser's cage next door had a lot of equipment his ship could use as well as a beautiful, huge coil of mooring line whose diameter was much larger than authorized for a destroyer. He also noted that tile cage partitions did not extend all the way to the warehouse ceiling.

He and his crew then stacked equipment high enough to climb over the partition and into the cruiser's cage and equipment transfers were quickly made. The coil of mooring line, however, was another matter. It was much too heavy to move as a coil. This problem was solved by passing one end over the partition and coiling the line on the destroyer side.

All went well until halfway through the evolution. That’s when the Boatswain and a few other crewmen from the cruiser showed up about as welcome as a nut cutlet at a cannibal barbeque! Old Boats from the cruiser looked stonier than a biblical execution! Things got a little intense for a while but the cruiser's Boatswain seemingly realized they were a little outnumbered. So looking at the coil of line he wisely suggested…

"Could you just put it back and we’ll call it a day?!?"

The Tin Can Sailors did just that and nothing was made of it, including any of the rest of the equipment transfers that apparently went unnoticed! However, since that type of requisition works both ways, you can't help but wonder how much of the destroyer’s gear went to sea on that cruiser.

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