I am not sure
if the USS OKC picture was taken the day we
gave it a good black-oil washdown (if you remember my Memory Shop story), but
very likely. A black day for Capt Wyand, I am sure .
Kawishiwi had role as secondary recovery ship for the Apollo-15 splashdown. It gave us a good ringside seat. And it was fun practicing picking up a floating Apollo capsule.
(NASA loaned us one; let me tell you, it is close to impossible to drive a 38,000 ton ship in open water & stop it dead alongside a floating capsule. Glad we didn't have to do it for real).
A couple of
Russian trawlers ... those pesky things would
get mighty close. They always hung around ship maneuvers in the Hawaii