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    Return of Warship USS McFaul

    Dave Waters AKA "Sea Doo Dave" returned to Norfolk Navy Base on board the USS McFaul an Arleigh Burke class Destroyer today. The ship has been deployed for over nine months ( was supposed to seven months).
    Dave is stationed at Norfolk Va. and is ready to get back on the water and catch some Stripers. He also fishes from his PWC.
    I was on the water today and was lucky to get a couple pictures of his ship coming home

    Welcome back Dave! Thanks for you and all your shipmates service!

    Here are a couple of the pictures.

















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    Scary.

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    I have a beautiful 18 year old daughter just moved to Norfolk! (just kidding about "scary". God bless these men.)
    That ship has a pretty low RADAR signature for it's size. Cool!

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    Few things: If you notice no large rotating radar, Aegis...
    Also for propulsion has 4 GE LM2500 gas turbine engines, 2 per shaft. We actually changed out a motor on a Spruance Class tied up next to a tender off the coast of Oman in 24 hours. Go from cold iron to full power in 10 minutes, nothing like hours for old boiler boats. More like starting up an airliner.
    When going into reverse on one of these prop pitches over. No longer have to wait for screw to stop, lock n reverse, just flip the switch on crp system. These ships are something else.
    Those deployments can get long and rarely go as planned.

    Tell your friend "Thank You" for serving his country and "Bravo Zulu" from an old trusty Shellback. Glad they are home safe.
    NDLM (colored flags int. call sign) Welcome Home.

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    Captain possibly will get kicked in the nutz for improper display of old glory.
    If you look closely at first pic you will see very small ensign in normal position center halyard just behind mast. They are also flying what we called "Battle Ensign" on starboard halyard. This is big no-no. NTP-13 describes strict conformance for all displaying of flags.
    Ahhhh the memories.

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    Why can't they fly the flag off the stb. halyard?

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    Quote Originally Posted by rlovebk View Post
    Captain possibly will get kicked in the nutz for improper display of old glory.
    If you look closely at first pic you will see very small ensign in normal position center halyard just behind mast. They are also flying what we called "Battle Ensign" on starboard halyard. This is big no-no. NTP-13 describes strict conformance for all displaying of flags.
    Ahhhh the memories.
    Curious: Is the US "civilian/peace time" flag the same as a Man O War? Also, you speak Int'l flag... do they still instruct semaphore?

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    The rating that dealt with visual comms was SM, or Signalman. They no longer have them. I believe Quarter Master now does this. I do not know the level of training they give to them as far as semaphore, flashing light, flags, etc.
    Flag is 5' X 9'6" for this size ship. Same size inport. Holiday flag can be up to 17'. Flags is to be flown from centermost halyard on highest mast practicable while underway.
    Inport flag is flown off staff at the stern and union jack (field w/stars) flown from jackstaff at forecastle. (bow)

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    whats the e's in different colors? kick ass pictures and shows the glimpse of the power these ships can do. i love america!.....most importantly thanks david and the rest of you servicemen and women!1

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    The E's are earned when you do reftra, or Refresher Training when your ship works its way up for a deployment. It is basically a best in your Destroyer Squadron award. The different colors are for different areas of evaluation. I do not remember them much but red is fire-fighting/survivability, blue is supply, green is command/control, yellow for safety, the H is for health. The hash marks are number of times they have won the award in their group. The big E is best overall score. It is competetive for sure. Usually competing against a minimum of 5 or more ships.

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