USNS NEOSHO T-AO143                   The med from (GoogleEarth)                  1990 Cruise


Off the very Volcanic region of Sicily
Just before heading home

The volcano "Stromboli" is shown on the video of USS Rigel in section 8 of this presentation.

Stromboli (Sicilian: Stròmbuli, Greek: ΣτρογγύληStrongulē) is a small island in the Tyrrhenian Sea, off the north coast of Sicily, containing one of the three active volcanoes in Italy. It is one of the nine Aeolian Islands, a volcanic arc north of Sicily. This name is a corruption of the Ancient Greek name Strongulē which was given to it because of its round swelling form. The island has a population of between 400 and 850. The volcano has erupted many times, and is constantly active with major eruptions, often visible from many points on the island and from the surrounding sea, giving rise to the island's nickname "Lighthouse of the Mediterranean".  A significant geological feature of the volcano is the Sciara del Fuoco ("Stream of fire"), a big horseshoe-shaped depression generated in the last 13,000 years by several collapses on the north western side of the cone.

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Stromboli is remarkable because of the length of time for which it has been in almost continuous eruption. For at least the last 2,000 years, the same pattern of eruption has been maintained, in which explosions occurred at the summit craters with mild to moderate eruptions of incandescent volcanic bombs at intervals ranging from minutes to hours.

Videos by Signalman Division of the 04 deck

USS Yellowstone AD-41
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During the Gulf
War the destroyer tender Yellowstone (AD 41) was deployed to provide logistic requirements
 of a sustained naval presence, Based in the Red Sea port of Jeddah, Saudi Arabia. 

USS John F. Kennedy CV-67
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Pawcatuck (AO-108) refueling John F. Kennedy (CVA-67) and Dewey (DLG-14), 13 July 1969, Mediterranean Sea.
 This was Big John's maiden deployment. US Navy photo (CVA 67-2124-7-69 13 July 1969) by PH2 Weaver.