Wednesday, July 27, 2016

Aloha to San Diego - Breakers Beach, Imperial Beach and Navy Amphibious Base Coronado


During my visit to San Diego, I rented a car for a dry run of the bus tour to Navy Base Coronado (NBC).  Above is Breakers Beach on NBC; the cliff in the distance is Point Loma (which we visited the following day). Coronado connects to the mainland to the south by a strip of land called the Silver Strand.  


Driving south on the Silver Strand, we followed the signs to Imperial Beach.  From its website (link),

Welcome to the Official web site of the City of Imperial Beach, the most southwesterly city in the continental United States. Flanked by the Pacific Ocean and South San Diego Bay, our town is nestled between miles of uncrowded beaches, big surf and unparalleled open space and wetlands teeming with wildlife. Because this town is one of the last untouched beach towns in Southern California, we are known as Classic Southern California.


The bronze statue depicts beach fun, including surfing ... 


... and playing the ukulele!



I used my military ID card to venture into the Navy Amphibious Base. Let's see what we found ...



From Navy.mil (link),

For the past eight years, the Navy has been operating The Navy SEAL & SWCC Scout Teams to help find these men and answer their questions and prepare them for the most challenging tests of their lives. Its priority is to maintain Naval Special Warfare's (NSW) level of excellence, and to seek a diverse culture that fully leverages and values a workforce and environment in which everybody serving in the NSW community is able to achieve their full potential.



No doubt a pack of romance writers would follow this trailer .... 


... looking for a few good men ...

  
... to inspire heroes!



From Military.com (link),

The Naval Special Warfare Support (NSW) Activities Group One was established in December 2006 to provide critical intelligence and targeting support to the NSW Community. Naval Special Warfare Support Activities (NSWSA) are sophisticated and flexible commands capable of executing special operations in direct support of NSWRONs and other discrete requirements. 


Support Activities are tasked to man, train, equip, organize and deploy forces to conduct preparation of the environment, intelligence, surveillance, reconnaissance, special operations and combat support.


Alas, we drove through the base on a Saturday and did not find any SEALs. We parked by the dock for an awesome view of the San Diego Bay and Coronado Island Bridge.


No base is complete without an anchor!



I am giving away a book choice from my convention stash to one randomly selected commenter to this week's blogs.  To enter the giveaway,

1. Leave a comment about your favorite beach activity? Mine is walking along the surf, looking for seashells. 

2. Comments are open through Saturday, July 30, 10 pm in Baltimore. 

3. I'll post the winner on Sunday, July 31.

Mahalo,


Kim in Baltimore
Aloha Spirit in Charm City





Aloha to San Diego - The Greatest Generation Walk


 


I woke early one morning in San Diego to enjoy the Greatest Generation Walk.  From the Port of San Diego (link),

In 1998 Tom Brokaw, the veteran NBC Nightly News anchor, authored a best-selling book The Greatest Generation. His story told of the generation of Americans who grew during the Great Depression, went on to fight in World War II and later helped build shape the post-war America we know today. The spirit of those men and women is commemorated with a collection of U.S. military heritage art in Tuna Harbor Park, the shore of San Diego Bay.


The Greatest Generation Collection, as well as the other military memorials in the park, honor and celebrate the people, events and military heritage spanning the time from World War II to today. Located in the shadow of the decommissioned aircraft carrier USS Midway, the artworks and provide a magnificent setting in which to learn, remember and become inspired.


"Unconditional Surrender" is a 25-foot sculpture that brings to life a famous black and white image of a sailor kissing a young nurse in Times Square, New York City, on August 14, 1945. The image captures the spontaneous eruption of joy and euphoria that swept a war-weary nation when the public announcement was finally made that World War II was over. 


Bob Hope, the actor, entertainer and comedian, is almost universally known around the world for his long career as a star of film and television. Yet it is in the hearts of generations of U.S. servicemen that his most enduring legacy resides. For a span of over fifty years beginning in 1943, he dedicated himself to entertaining soldiers, sailors and airmen of the armed forces in the many battle fronts and remote outposts where they've served throughout the world. His overseas USO tours, which often took place over Christmas, were deeply appreciated and fondly remembered by countless thousands of servicemen on protracted tours of duty, often under combat conditions, far from their homes and families.
 

The tribute broadcasts several of his skits ... I laughed along with the recorded cheers of the military personnel.


The bronze sailor stands in front of the USS San Diego memorial. The Pacific Ocean is depicted on the ground in front of him; Hawaii is behind him.  Thank you, the Greatest Generation, for your service!  I am giving away a book choice from my convention stash to one randomly selected commenter from this week's posts - today's comments are open forum.  Comments are open through Saturday, July 30, 10 pm in Baltimore.  I'll post the winner on Sunday, July 31.

Mahalo,

Kim in Baltimore
Aloha Spirit in Charm City

 Another view of the Kissing Couple

Tuesday, July 26, 2016

Aloha to San Diego: USS Midway (Part 7) - City At Sea


The USS Midway is truly a city at sea.

 

Sailors could worship ... 


... or meet with the chaplain in his private quarters.


Six months at sea gives sailors access to semi-annual teeth cleaning ... 


... or maybe root canal!


Sailors also have access to medical care ... 


... let's hope the doc locks down the wheeled equipment in case the ship rocks!


 The series of hatches is something from the Twilight Zone!


This is my favorite picture of all - I bought several books!


Thank you for joining me on this tour of the USS Midway! I am giving away a book choice from my convention stash to one randomly selected comment from this week's blog posts. Today's comments are open forum. Comments are open through Saturday, July 30, 10 pm in Baltimore. I'll post the winner on Sunday, July 31 at SOS Aloha.

Mahalo,

Kim in Baltimore
Aloha Spirit in Charm City






Monday, July 25, 2016

Aloha to San Diego: USS Midway (part 6) - Bunny Tubes, Expansion Joints, and Life Rafts


Let's look at the 90s technology before the USS Midway retired in 1992. 


Below are "bunny tubes', channeling urgent printed radio messages rolled up inside containers around the ship with compressed air. 


The expansion joint is another example of ...


... American engineering and ingenuity.


I would pay particular attention to the location of the life rafts. 


I found them!


What's inside?


Enough supplies for 25 sailors in a life raft!


Do you have any vintage telephones or computers in your home or office? One randomly selected commenter from this week's posts wins a book choice from my convention stash. Comments are open through Saturday, July 30, 10 pm in Baltimore. I'll post the winner on Sunday, July 31, at SOS Aloha.

Mahalo,

Kim in Baltimore
Aloha Spirit in Charm City

Next: Chapel, Surgery, Dental, Officer Country, and Book Store!



Sunday, July 24, 2016

Aloha to San Diego: USS Midway (part 5) - The Flight Deck


Let's explore the flight deck.  Above is a mannequin representing the catapult crew member, perhaps one of the most dangerous jobs in the Navy.


Here's the catapult track.


The USS Midway offers a variety of aircraft on display.


Folding wings saves space!


Looking down at the hanger deck, 

the elevator brings aircraft up to the flight deck.  It is now a cafe.


The USS Midway offers a view of the larger than life Kissing Couple ... 


.... and the San Diego marina.


Gotta love the S-3 Viking,


an Anti Submarine Warfare (ASW) aircraft,  


with the luck of the Irish!


The crow's next towers over the flight deck ... 


.... with Old Glory flying proudly!


The flight deck crew face a variety of danger ... 


... including being blown off the carrier.  The fence like mechanism offers a safety catch.


The view from the end of the flight deck is illuminating ...


... to watch the Coronado ferries sail by the USS Midway.


 It's up in the air or into the water.


A family poses like the catapult crew.  I am giving away a book choice from my convention stash to one randomly selected commenter from this week's posts - today is open forum! Comments are open through Saturday, July 30, 10 pm in Baltimore. I'll post the winner on Sunday, July 31.

Mahalo,

Kim in Baltimore
Aloha Spirit in Charm City

In sync!