Gulf of Oman  1985-86
Under Command of Captain Patrick Moloney
Pat took this photo from a helicopter
as he was returning from a meeting on Island of Masirah


Captain Moloney was flying back to his ship from a replenishment CO's conference at the supply airstrip on Masirah, Oman.  The Omani's were using Brit Expat pilots to fly their fighters against Yemen.  Masirah was one of their bases and we used it as a transfer point to supply the Persian Gulf battlegroup.  The Brits naturally had an officers club, it was naturally stocked with beer/booze in a Muslim country, they naturally wanted access to things we had on our ships and we naturally wanted access to their beer. " Two minutes after I took that photo, I was dangling on a wire being dumped back on my ship.  Not very dignified, but I don't stand on dignity." Pat

International relations can be so interesting.  Other guys attending were from  an AOR and an AFS.  Pat hitched a ride on their helo's.  This photo was the return to the Humpin'HASS from one of those logistic planning sessions.  They really were useful meetings.  Pat controlled the civilian tankers and kept all the fuel passers topped off.  Sometimes it seemed that the 'HASS' took fuel in one side and shot it out the other.

In the photo above, Pat was sitting on the deck of an H-46 in a horsecoller waiting to get hoisted down to the 145's hover-deck.  If you look at the bow, you can see the landing signal officer in yellow jersey on the port side of the deck.  Pat had asked the pilot of the bird to take a turn around the ship so he could take some pictures.

This was the best.  Great looking old girl isn't she?

"The SAC...in 81 when I was Cargo Mate on HASS I got highlined over to SAC while we were doing a consol and had a root canal done.  Got highlined back and finshed the consol, running the deck operations under medications. Probably not the smartest thing I've ever done!" Pat

The SAC class AOE's were the only navy manned ships that could give MSC manned ships a run for the money in battlegroup ops.  They knew who the competition was and really turned to. Captain Moloney never found that to be the case with the AOR's.  They had 600 man crews, the AO had 125; they could do 27 knots on those battleship engines, the AO could do 20 on a good day; but if gas was the only commodity they were looking for, the bird farms always came to the MSC oiler.