I reported to SBU-12
in the fall of 82. I had been hounding my detailer
for years to get orders to a boat unit. As an RM,
there were limited billets available so it was a
real thrill to finally get the orders.
My first job was to
become the alternate CMS custodian for SBR-1. At
the time the Squadron issued all the CMS to SBU’s 12
& 13. The Squadron had an RM1 who was the Primary
custodian and they decided since SBU-12 now had an
RM1, me, I could be his alternate. That was fine
but I sort of let it be known to any khaki that
would listen I came here to operate not
administrate. The next 7 years in SPECWAR, (4 at
SBU-12, 3 at NSWG-1 Mobile Communications Team)
would be the most rewarding of my 23-year career.
I started out on the
PB’s and Seafox, earning OIC quals on both craft. I
went to SERE school, Safe Ship Handling, the sailing
course Mal Flisk writes about (I was in it) etc….
all the required courses for SOC and earned my 9533
NEC. When the Small Craft Pin was reauthorized, I
was in the first group of operators at SBU-12 to
receive my pin.
While at SBU-12 I
deployed to Subic SBD where I had numerous
adventures which I will write about individually.
Some highlights include taking a PB and 2 SWCLS to
ROK for TEAM SPIRIT 84. I was on the ill fated
Malaysia trip Rory Towne wrote about. (there is a
lot more to that story!) Additionally, we had some
pretty exciting operations (SOC and Boat) in and
around the Subic Bay area.
deployment, I spent a year as the Command training
PO. One of my first things was to help write and
teach the first formal SWCL (Seafox) courses. QM2
Mironchek(sp) and I, using the operators and
maintainers books developed the COI. QM2 even got
hold of a video camera and we made training movies.
Before the SWCL’s,deployed for each ARG we would
give a presentation to the SEAL ARG PLT OIC, AOIC
and CPO’s concerning the SWCL’s capabilities etc..,
but it was a one day classroom and quick
familiarization ride. This new course was 1week of
classroom and practical (underway) and was for the
boat operators. We even reserved a classroom at
the Amphib Training Center for the course. BM1
Brown from SBU-20 came out to attend it so they
could maybe do there own COI. The SPECWARCEN’s boat
support was getting rid of there LCPL’s and getting
the SWCL so, we even taught the course to them. I
was also still operating PB’s and serving as an
evaluator on FBP for the Dets in pre-deployment
training. Then, I volunteered for another Det.
I never got to make
that deployment because ¾ of the way through the
training cycle, darn the luck, I made Chief. There
were already 2 Chiefs (A QMCS active SBU-12 and a
BMC reserve) and the CO felt the Det would be top
heavy. However, since I had the most experience
(The QMCS was an LCU/ASDV Craftmaster the BMC a
Submariner??) and was in the middle of training the
crews. I would stay with the Det through their
I was made the
Training Chief/PBOIC PB 737, (I have the teak plaque
from above the wheel-house hatch) where I planned
several FBP’s for deploying Dets and continued to
train and operate throughout the SOCAL oparea until
I transferred to NSWG-1 MCT.
These were great
years, spent with great men, doing amazing things, I
have lots of great memories to share and this is the
right place to share them.
RMC(SW/CC) Ret. Mike