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"Essential" deployment gear

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All this talk of care packages has got me thinking, what do you take with you on deployment?

I've been looking at Under Armour gear, cause of course it is cold on board subs. There are always those who need their smokes, dip, etc... What else would anyone recommend?
 

PropStop

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porn. lots of porn. or naked pics of your buddies wife, those are even better, because you know her - better still if it is you who took them.
 

A4sForever

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Peanut butter and jelly.....the type of jelly/jam is up to you, of course.

But I can promise you that when you've been at sea for over a month, when the lettuce turns red and the tomatoes are green---nothing is better than PB & J and a loaf of bread in the dirty shirt mess with 2-3 Amigo's. :tongue2_1

Home away from home.......
 

rare21

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A4sForever welcome...glad to see you made it over here from military.com
 

fc2spyguy

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EXTRA UNDERWEAR!!! I always had two packages of shirts and under pants that I refused to open unless absolutely necessary. Just never know when the laundry is going to have a bad couple days and you end up in a jam. Leave them in the packages cause they don't take up much space.
 

VarmintShooter

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X-Box with a TV small enough to fit in your locker. A laptop that will play DVDs. Lots of music. The first part of PropStop's suggestion is a must (for personal use or trade). I won't touch the second part (figuratively or literally). Pictures of your own wife and/or girlfriend. Books aren't bad, although you may not have much time to read them if you are still qualifying. DVDs. CD or MP3 player and headphones (to use on the treadmill). Several decks of cards.

That's all that comes to mind off the bat for a sub. On a surface ship I'd add:

Several cases of your favorite soda (for personal use or trade), because when you get to the gulf the soda comes in small steel cans with funny writing and even funnier taste. Candy, because walking to the ship's store and waiting in line sucks. List of junk that every person you ever knew wants you to get for them while overseas.

100 baht. You just never know when you'll need 100 baht.
 

fc2spyguy

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LOL, I still have 10 singapore dollars in my wallet, just never know when I might need it right?
 

A4sForever

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rare21 said:
A4sForever welcome...glad to see you made it over here from military.com
Aloha, Rare.....and thanks for the note. I stumbled onto this site and think it more to my tastes than Brand X.
 

webmaster

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Brand new ensign on a submarine, all you need is your PQS book for the first 13 months, and hope you get done by then, becuase if they take down the Gold Dolphin flag because of you lazy ass, then **** bro, you gonna be talking to the man...

Submarines aren't like haze gray ships, we don't have the luxury of a geedunk store. Bring what you can fit in your bedpan and wall locker. As a butter bar O fresh aboard a fast attack, welcome to 9 man! It is fvcking cold in there, so bring the thickest damn blanket you can find. If you are lucky, later on you will move into a 3 man stateroom, but the DH owns the desk, and you are lucky if you get any of the extra room.

Bring a TV or a PS2, forget it. Unless you are 4'9" and have enough extra room in your rack and D batteries to power your tv/ps2, then no way. More than likely, there is one in the wardroom, but unless there are some seriously cool JOs/DHs on that sub (don't believe that is possible), they are just going to call you nub and send you back out to qualify biatch!

Essentials:
- Extra underwear (I'll second that, you never know when the 10k water plant is going to bite the big one, and no more laundry for you!!)
- Log(s) of Coppenhagen or Kodiak, whatever (I don't dip, but you get on week 4 of a supposedly 2 week underway, and that **** is gold on the messdecks if you are unscrupulous enough to sell it at blackmarket values.. cough)
- TOILET PAPER!!! If you don't have an extra role of Charmin at the foot of your bed pan, then you are going to pay one day. The brand new CHOP is going to check into his first sub tour, and BAM, you will be on aforementioned week 4 of a supposed 2 week underway, and suddenly TP rationing starts (which means everyone is going to start hoarding....).
- Shower shoes.... you don't want the funky feet from all the spooge at the bottom of the shower stall...
- Chapstick, not for his pleasure (but on week 4, maybe YOU will be thinking that). Dry atmosphere on subs, cold temp, and low O2 levels, all for electronics and preventing fires. In turn, your lips are going to start chapping. Your call...
- Favorite geedunk. There are so many places to stash stuff on the sub it isnt even funny. I had a couple cases of soda squirrelled away, and asorted granola bars, snacks and treats. Breaks up the monotony of some of the meals. And trust me, there is going to a meal that you are going to go "no friggin way am I eating that!"

I peronally hated the soda on the boat, tasted funny. Ice tea was always good though, and bug juice is only good for cleaning stainless steel. I also had brought a tub thingy of gatorade and country time lemonade, that and my rubber maid tumbler cup, and you have something else to drink besides what those shifty looking CSs are preparing.

- Smut. There is always a smut king on the boat, you just need to figure out who it is, there is probably 10 years worth of accumulated mags on the boat. Didn't see that 90210 chick back in the day? Well, here's your chance! Also, if you are looking for a quick thrill, turn over any placard on the boat, and chances are there is a nice centerfold underneath... Along with the smut, bring your happy sock, wool variety works best! honest!!

As for the smut of girlfriend/wifey... man, strongly DO NOT recommend that one, seen stuff get posted on the boat, and suddenly the crew no longer guesses what the significant other looks like, they KNOW... unless of course you are going to dump her, or the cheating b!tch is sleeping with your best friend back on shore while you are underway (seen that one happen to guys also)... you make the call.

- Double ziplock those civilian clothes! Unless you want to smell like amine and diesel at the local bar in (insert country), keep those civies sealed until you hit port. I mean, nothing says "hey baby" like a reaking sailor.
- Reading material without pics. Everyone has a paperback of some kind sticking out of their poopy suits, usually ships library has some if you forget.
- Today's tech: Mini DVD Player, Game gear/PSP, and of course an MP3 player.
- Ballcap and sneakers. Depending on your boat, you could wear ballcaps underway, and purchase a no shave chit from MWR. Also, as long as you were working forward and not in the engine room, you could wear non steel toe shoes, sneakers, docksiders, whatever with your poopy suit.
- Toiletries. Figure out what you need and double the amount, and throw it in your rack. Buy extra toothbrushes, they get stolen. Also, no foofoo crap, nothing like a closed atmosphere and you rubbing yourself down with Bath and Body works to really get yourself noticed.

Forget the 1000 baht, mooch off of the VP crowd you run into, and let them pay the tab off their per diem.
 

Alex

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Good advice from webmaster. I'll just add that, in my experience, you'll have considerably more free time if you are deploying on a boomer rather than a fast attack. During a 2-month run on a fast attack, I was able to finish (barely) a single book (I was still in the midst of qualifying). While on a boomer, I took 2 books. I'll admit I was just a rider on the boomer, but I was still working on finishing my OOD quals. I finished both books in the first 2 weeks of the 2.5 month deployment. I finished my OOD quals so early that I convinced the CO to let me get my dolphins while I was there. And, fortunately for me, the boat had a good library, because I still found the time to read 16 (sixteen) additional books!

I knew guys on the fast attack that could find time to work out (we had a single rowing machine and some nut figured out how many laps around the main engines made up a mile), but I never did. On the boomer, I consistently had time to work out (they had 2 stationary bikes, 2 stair steppers, and a climber).
 

Steve Wilkins

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VarmintShooter said:
Several cases of your favorite soda (for personal use or trade), because when you get to the gulf the soda comes in small steel cans with funny writing and even funnier taste.
Ain't that the truth. ****in soda from the Gulf sucks balls and tastes like ****! :icon_rage Bring your own and you won't regret it.

webmaster said:
Brand new ensign on a submarine, all you need is your PQS book for the first 13 months, and hope you get done by then, becuase if they take down the Gold Dolphin flag because of you lazy ass, then **** bro, you gonna be talking to the man...

Submarines aren't like haze gray ships, we don't have the luxury of a geedunk store. Bring what you can fit in your bedpan and wall locker. As a butter bar O fresh aboard a fast attack, welcome to 9 man! It is fvcking cold in there, so bring the thickest damn blanket you can find. If you are lucky, later on you will move into a 3 man stateroom, but the DH owns the desk, and you are lucky if you get any of the extra room.

Bring a TV or a PS2, forget it. Unless you are 4'9" and have enough extra room in your rack and D batteries to power your tv/ps2, then no way. More than likely, there is one in the wardroom, but unless there are some seriously cool JOs/DHs on that sub (don't believe that is possible), they are just going to call you nub and send you back out to qualify biatch!

Essentials:
- Extra underwear (I'll second that, you never know when the 10k water plant is going to bite the big one, and no more laundry for you!!)
- Log(s) of Coppenhagen or Kodiak, whatever (I don't dip, but you get on week 4 of a supposedly 2 week underway, and that **** is gold on the messdecks if you are unscrupulous enough to sell it at blackmarket values.. cough)
- TOILET PAPER!!! If you don't have an extra role of Charmin at the foot of your bed pan, then you are going to pay one day. The brand new CHOP is going to check into his first sub tour, and BAM, you will be on aforementioned week 4 of a supposed 2 week underway, and suddenly TP rationing starts (which means everyone is going to start hoarding....).
- Shower shoes.... you don't want the funky feet from all the spooge at the bottom of the shower stall...
- Chapstick, not for his pleasure (but on week 4, maybe YOU will be thinking that). Dry atmosphere on subs, cold temp, and low O2 levels, all for electronics and preventing fires. In turn, your lips are going to start chapping. Your call...
- Favorite geedunk. There are so many places to stash stuff on the sub it isnt even funny. I had a couple cases of soda squirrelled away, and asorted granola bars, snacks and treats. Breaks up the monotony of some of the meals. And trust me, there is going to a meal that you are going to go "no friggin way am I eating that!"

I peronally hated the soda on the boat, tasted funny. Ice tea was always good though, and bug juice is only good for cleaning stainless steel. I also had brought a tub thingy of gatorade and country time lemonade, that and my rubber maid tumbler cup, and you have something else to drink besides what those shifty looking CSs are preparing.

- Smut. There is always a smut king on the boat, you just need to figure out who it is, there is probably 10 years worth of accumulated mags on the boat. Didn't see that 90210 chick back in the day? Well, here's your chance! Also, if you are looking for a quick thrill, turn over any placard on the boat, and chances are there is a nice centerfold underneath... Along with the smut, bring your happy sock, wool variety works best! honest!!

As for the smut of girlfriend/wifey... man, strongly DO NOT recommend that one, seen stuff get posted on the boat, and suddenly the crew no longer guesses what the significant other looks like, they KNOW... unless of course you are going to dump her, or the cheating b!tch is sleeping with your best friend back on shore while you are underway (seen that one happen to guys also)... you make the call.

- Double ziplock those civilian clothes! Unless you want to smell like amine and diesel at the local bar in (insert country), keep those civies sealed until you hit port. I mean, nothing says "hey baby" like a reaking sailor.
- Reading material without pics. Everyone has a paperback of some kind sticking out of their poopy suits, usually ships library has some if you forget.
- Today's tech: Mini DVD Player, Game gear/PSP, and of course an MP3 player.
- Ballcap and sneakers. Depending on your boat, you could wear ballcaps underway, and purchase a no shave chit from MWR. Also, as long as you were working forward and not in the engine room, you could wear non steel toe shoes, sneakers, docksiders, whatever with your poopy suit.
- Toiletries. Figure out what you need and double the amount, and throw it in your rack. Buy extra toothbrushes, they get stolen. Also, no foofoo crap, nothing like a closed atmosphere and you rubbing yourself down with Bath and Body works to really get yourself noticed.

Forget the 1000 baht, mooch off of the VP crowd you run into, and let them pay the tab off their per diem.
Dude, you've been drinking too many of those foo foo drinks you like....those berry bay breaze or whatever. You're much too talkative. :D
 

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So you say, I remember you going back for 3rds and 4ths, and then not walking well...

Steve Wilkins said:
Dude, you've been drinking too many of those foo foo drinks you like....those berry bay breaze or whatever. You're much too talkative. :D
Dude, I never saw you turn one down at my BBQs!! And that is pure VODKA with a splash of fruit juice, thank you very much.

As for the sodas overseas, man, if it doesn't have english writing on the can, stay away, not the Coke Classic that you are used to.
 

Steve Wilkins

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Hey, don't be trying to turn that **** around on me. Pure Vodka with a splash of fruit juice my @ss!. Man, that just sounds gay. Besides, I don't recollect ever drinking one of those at any of your BBQ's. And if I did, well......it never happened.
 
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