sunset from behind the wire

sunset from behind the wire

Sunday, May 19, 2013

Vacation Snaps (Hawaii)

When some people go on vacation, they hang out on the beach and guzzle umbrella drinks. The women parade their stuff and the men watch without getting any action at all. Since yesterday was Armed Forces Day, I thought that I'd share some vacation shots relating to the military.

I do all of those usual touristy things, but while in Hawaii, I always try to scam some fun stuff from old friends in the intelligence community or in the military simply because I now am living on past glory. This is simply a joy ride on a C-17 out of Hickam. The C-17 had a legitimate, scheduled mission. We just took a "hop" with them. (it's ok to call me 'excess cargo')

We were not the only C-17 in the air. It's a bit like flying high in a really big greyhound bus. 

It's no fun sitting in the back if the ramp isn't down.

Million dollar view.

F-16 Falcon comes up to look at the strange people hanging out of the back of the C-17.

In the US Navy, we usually had to eat out-of-date (no they're never out of date) C Rations. The air crews always ate the good ones and the choice was either ham and lima beans or you went hungry. If we were lucky, there were K Rations. Sometimes when we flew, the aircrew would give us picked-over In-Flight Rations. You'll note that these days, the Air Force has SEALED meals (no snagging) and they call it a "flight meal service".

A pleasing selection of Air Force food, snacks and beverage - no ham and lima beans that were made during World War 2 and preserved in chemicals for use up to or exceeding 100 years in into the future (well beyond the shelf life of a twinkie).

Old School: Ham and Lima Beans, Date Pudding and Crackers
with Cheese Spread. Cans opened with a P-38, so named because
you had to work the opener 38 times to get the lid off the can.

Slinking Around on Vacation (Hawaii)

This is a continuing post in a series of what people with no life what-so-ever do on vacation to try and feed on past glory. If you're on Oahu and the weather sucks, what else can you do but look up old friends and screw around with them? In this entry, you will see that the JMSDF is in port for RimPac, affording me the opportunity to slink around the Japanese Armada. (I'm not in Hawaii now -- this series  of photos that you'll see over the next two days are from a couple of years of vacations)

The JMSDF Atago (DDG 177) (Atago class destroyer) is an upgraded version of their Kongo class destroyers. The Kongo class is roughly comparable to the US Arleigh Burke class (Flight 1)

JMSDF 177 Atago
I took a little heat for calling Atago a "Nip Ship" -- being tagged as using politically incorrect language.

Rising Sun
My father never returned to Hawaii or the Pacific after World War 2. I'm sure that he would have chafed at the thought of a Japanese flag or a Japanese ship in Pearl Harbor--- but times change and the Japanese are faithful allies.

JMSDF Akebono DD 108 (right) (akebono means "daybreak")
JMSDF Atago (DDG 177 (left) (atago means "success")
SH-60 on Atago

Wardroom keepsake