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Stealth Boat: Fighting the Cold War in a Fast Attack Submarine Hardcover – October 1, 2008
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It has been said that submarine patrols are extended periods of extreme boredom punctuated by moments of stark terror. Stealth Boat beautifully shreds the illusion of boredom - there is never time for a Submariner to become bored. He has qualifications to complete, and then new guys to mold into shipmates and Submariners.
Deep water sailors are a strange breed. And the smaller the ship, the tighter is the crew. There is something about weathering a storm or a seawater leak that draws a crew together. An instant of carelessness, or a second of hesitation when the water finds its way in, can send you to the bottom. You realize suddenly that everyone must rely on each shipmate for their very lives, and your own qualification takes on new meaning.
If you know a Submariner, you need to read this book. If you have wondered about their confident good humor and systematic approach to problems, their zany escapades, this is the book for you. If you've been astonished by their head-snapping instant reaction to an emergency, Gannon McHale's Stealth Boat explains it.
Stealth Boat is a tale of shipmates, and a journey to manhood. The Brotherhood of Submariners has a new storyteller. If you rode the boats and need another look at your youth, read this book. But don't think you are going to read a few pages and put it down.
From boot camp, to sub school to qualifying under a crusty old COB and a crew that once they trusted you put as much effort into helping you as you did into learning the boat; this is how I remember my days on the Snook and Scorpion. Standing helms/planes/lookout watches on a ship that reacted even quicker and was faster than the Sturgeon, but much noiser, closing the hatch to the bridge because the waves were going over the top of the sail by 30 feet, then having to hold your breath as you went under for a few seconds in the middle of a hurricane; and then the next time coming up and seeing a million stars while surround by a thousand miles of so beautiful but oh so lonely ocean is what made those times so thrilling to a young man in his early 20s. Gannon's tales of playing tag with the Soviets, taking pictures, giving the spooks a hard time and knowing what was going on, are just as it was with the Scorpion and the Snook. I too remember when the Snook got kicked out of a port because our behaviour didn't quite match the social norms. LOL
Snake ranches, making the last boat back to the ship, carrying aboard shipmates who couldn't stand up as we were getting underway. This is what it was all about and knowing that in port or underway, you didn't have to look for your buddy; he was always there for you.Read more ›
"Stealth Boat" is an easy read and is a page turner by an author who was a crew member of what was perhaps the finest submarine ever designed and built at the time. A truly Stealth Boat, there were none quieter, more capable, or more deadly than the Sturgeon class submarine was in 1967. The author gives us an account of what it was like living day to day as an enlisted man serving under two distinctly different captains and wardrooms during his time aboard the boat. His position as a Yeoman enabled him to interface with both wardroom and crew like few others aboard the ship could. He gives an honest account of what being on an extended deployment was like from day to day. The book, of course, covers little about high level submarine operations or submarine warfare. He just happens to be on the boat recounting an experience few folks will ever experience. The book was not meant to be an operations manual for conducting undersea warfare. Many submariners who read this book will probably see themselves as they read through what was probably a significant period in the author's life as well as in their own lives.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
The writing is not great. The world of subs is decently depicted.Published 1 month ago by M. Medeiros
I thought it was a real sub story, but turns out to be a series of stories about the taverns the crew visited.Published 4 months ago by Donald R. Stacy
as a sub sailor in the seventies both a 590 boat and 688 boat I would have to file some of the stories under the BS category. Read morePublished 12 months ago by Tim
Interesting first person perspective. Lots of good stories packed into short career.Published 13 months ago by J. Baehr
Dumb read, goes nowhere! Story about one sailors sub experience, boring!Published 13 months ago by Patricia
Good book, I think this is the 2nd book I have read since I got out of high school, in 1957. If you were a submariner it especially interesting, brings back a lot of memories. Read morePublished 20 months ago by Ridgerunner