the ARG platoon Skip, Bob and I were assigned to SEAL Team One Hotel
Platoon. To start the six-month tour we put the Sea Fox and two
Zodiac's to the test. We started at SD1 off Point Loma and went 100
miles out to San Clemente Island in a sea state 5 then turned around
without stopping and returned to base.
Skip was one heck of a coxswain. We literally got the wind knocked
out of us continually over the course. Speed and angle of approach
and decent is the key to survival in rough seas. Skip instinctively
knew how to maneuver through rough seas. Those coxswains that
submarined their sea foxes were bull headed SOBís that wouldnít
listen to those of us that understood seamanship. Hatís off to
Uniflight for the Sea Fox construction. (Opinion on boat design
For the boat crew the B&A lift was the biggest challenge during
the year we spent with the teams. Coordinating with the shipís deck
crew was paramount. All lines had to be slacked in unison with the
crane. Then the boatís engines had to be started as we entered the
water and rudder applied to keep the boat from being sucked under
the ship. Bob did a great job of making sure the engines started
with the first hit every time. The crew on the USS Duluth could not
have done a better job of making sure that we in the boat were safe.
Their line handling was superb.