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.
Lt. Landis and Ensign Gershburger were the best officers in the
ARG platoons. They listened to the senior enlisted and provided
excellent leadership. Ensign Gershburger always took lead position
and drove as hard as any man in the IBSís. As a boat crewman I was
allowed to go on several opís with the team. Iíll never forget
seeing the Ensign smiling as he came out of the freezing January
water somewhere north of the 38th parallel.
The SDVís were also B&Aíd over the side and were a big part of our
operations. World intel is amazing. The second we pulled the cover
off the SDV news helicopters appeared from everywhere to film the
It was great fun working with Forced RECON. We used the Sea Fox
for inserting and extracting both SEAL Teams and Force RECON. The
men in both groups were always first class and worked well
independently and together. RECON men really know their weapons.
The USS Duluth brought us through the worst storm Iíve ever been
in. We took seas completely over the bridge that pressed the stern
davits, port and starboard into the shipsí hull like print on paper
and ripped the lifeboats from the two-inch steel cables. Even with
the heaviest of seas the Sea Fox, SEALís and crew were steadfast and