Sunday, January 13, 2008

USS Jefferson City Port Call

The fast attack submarine USS Jefferson City (SSN759) recently visited Saipan for some well deserved rest and relaxation. While they were here we met many new friends and saw others for the first time in quite a while.

We held the official reception for the officers and crew at Porky's Beach Bar
Last Monday and all had a great time. Everyone seemed to enjoy the local dishes prepared by Simeon and Lito and the service by Porky’s friendly staff.

The CPOs had a blast as we toured Saipan and saw some of the historical sites.

We organized a fishing trip for the JOs. They ate most of the catch as sashimi as it came aboard. The rest we prepared for them at Porky's Beach Patio.

They take the "Island Taxi" back to the boat.

We are proud to display the ships plaque.

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The Crewmen of the Jefferson City are back underwater now and it will be a while before they get back to their home port and their families. Meanwhile we wish them smooth sailing and good hunting.


bigsoxfan said...

Ya know, with all the money the Jefferson cost, you would think they would have some fancy backscatter radar receiver built into the sail. Oh well, gotta save money somewhere. Looks like the guys had a good time, stay safe and submerged. Mark

Bruce A. Bateman said...

It's hard to tell just what they do have aboard, Mark. Every square inch is filled, that's for sure.

We hosted most all of them at one time or another during their few days here. To a man, they all like liberty on Saipan. They did have a blast.

bigsoxfan said...

I was just noting the little Decca/Furono type radar dish on the tower. Seems strange to see the government spending a little money for once. Although, I'm sure they paid a little more than Roland would charge up on middle road.

Saipan was far and away our favorite spot on the pre-po tour too. Although, I did like the fishing on Diego Garcia, Saipans other attractions (like, no Navy rules) and the more visible delights to the eye. Been to the Botanical Garden lately? That place willl wear Alex down. Just show him the huge lizard near the dining area first or he may disapear into the boonies.

Boni said...

I bet they're glad you were their host:) It looked like a good time, maybe too good judging from that one shaky blurred pic.

Boni said...

By the way, we still don't know when and now who Tony is deploying with. He's stuck on Saipan in limbo for a while. One foot out the door, then yanked back in. I'm not complaining, but uncertainty is sometimes worse than the actual leaving.

bigsoxfan said...

Damn, I'm running out of places to lurk.. You do know you have to post more or we'll just have to fill up your latest, by saying; "why don't you post more pictures of your wife, she is much better looking."

Bruce A. Bateman said...

I took Alex to the Wax Museum the other day. I think he is seeing enough guns via the DVD movies I rent or buy. He seems to fixate on "shooting" everyone who disagrees with him or thwarts his plans. No more wax museum. I'll take him to the Botanical Garden instead. I haven't been in over a year. ---Roland would charge more than a Defense Contractor, and that's not easy to do. (:-))

Quite a few pics from that event turned out blurry. I tried different settings and some did not work too well when coupled with a flash-necessary light condition. Oh well.

I am happy that Tony is still here, Boni. Better to have the uncertainty than to know he is in harms way. Enjoy those evenings out. I think it is a good idea to 'date' without the kids too, at least once in a while. Olive and I sometimes chain Alexander to a tree out front (kidding) and go out for the evening. It's nice.

bigsoxfan said...

This has been a fruitful dialogue, thanks to both of you. Between the idea of dinner out sans' pumpkin and fond recollections of the Botanical Gardens, I remembered the second anniversary of meeting the lovely wife. It's on a Sunday, too. We're thinking; spa in the afternoon and dinner out. Our first date was Pau Pau in the wee hours and a ride back in the rain on the scooter to Shirley's for breakfast. If that isn't a Saipan date, I don't know what is. Second date, I got us lost and/or stuck in the boonies and Erdene had to walk up the hill behind the scooter after the goat path ended. Later in the day, we found Lau Lau bay and that was that.

On the Roland subject, Bruce. When I was rebuilding engines with that Parker guy, I found a load of internet sites with engine parts rebuild kits etc.. They will ship to Saipan and the ones we used were reputable. Unlike the guy up on the hill.

SteeleOnSaipan said...

Way to go hosting the sailors Bruce. How many of them haggled you about your neon green outfit? So chic.

Bruce A. Bateman said...

It matches my lime green polo pony, Randy.

Naw, they were having too much fun to rag me about my rags.


I took your advice, Mark, and took Alex to the Botanical Garden. He had a blast. He had never been there. I had not been there in a year or two. Fun. Thanks for the reminder.

Anonymous said...

As a spouse of one of the guys on the Jefferson City, it is great to see pictures of them over there!


Lindsay said...

Hello everyone! My boyfriend joined the USS Jefferson-City in Saipan a few weeks ago. I am trying to figure out where I can send "snail mail" to him. Does anyone know?? Also, if you can tell me -- do you know when their next port call will be? If need be, email my personal account with this information at Thank you VERY much for your help -- we are new to this as this is his first deployment. Take Care everyone -Lindsay