It's History !!
USS SABALO SS-302 REUNION
SAN DIEGO CALIFORNIA
WEDNESDAY 11- SATURDAY 14 APRIL 2007
HOLIDAY INN - BAYSIDE
Scroll down for list of attendees, and also those who responded that they couldn't make it.
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Wed 11 Apr
-Golf Outing at Admiral Baker Navy Course- 9 golfers made their way to the event and we teed off about 10 AM. Weather was perfect and we divided into three teams for best ball play. The team of Larry Davis, Vinny Venezia & Ed Dominguez had the low score of the day.
Shopping Trip- Due to lack of participants signing up, there was no formal shopping trip
1700 Post Golf Cocktail Hour in the Sabalo Hospitality Suite at the host hotel.
Thur 12 Apr
1000-1200 About 73 persons began the day with a tour of the Midway Aircraft Carrier Museum
CVA-41 served from 1945-1991, 40 exhibits and displays; including 21 vintage aircraft
1200-1330 Lunch by personal choice at local places within walking distance.
1330 Assembly at Maritime Museum Collection of Historic Ships featuring the main attractions: “Star of India" an 1863 Merchant Sailing Ship, and the Russian 'Foxtrot' Class submarine "B-39" + 5 other major, historic vessels.
1600 Departed the Maritime Museum for hotel
Transportation was by motor coach to and from the hotel. One bus made two runs each way in the morning and the afternoon.
1700-1800 Welcome Aboard Cocktail Hour at our host hotel with mixed beverages, wine & beer, hors d’oeuvres & snacks. This was held in our hospitality room due to chilly and windy weather.
Fri 13 Apr
0900 The group of about 82 persons mustered at the head of the pier (the one formerly called 'deep submergence pier') after being transported by two buses onto the base. We were broken up into groups of about 12 or 13 and led through the USS Topeka SSN-754 by 3 petty officer tour guides while some of us waited in the shelter erected on the pier for the boat's crew to eat meals. A lot of work on the boat was in progress due to the fact that the boat had just finshed a six month yard period and a number of unfinshed items were still being completed.
1200-1330 Luncheon at the Harbor View Inn, an on base facility. MENU: HOT BUFFET Views from the Inn
During lunch the USS Jefferson City SSN-759 passed by from sea and was met by 3 tugs and docked.
1330- After Lunch the group was transported back to the pier for a walk through of the Swedish sub HMS Gotland. It was very interesting to see one of the few boats in the world that can run their engines underwater without a snorkel.
With some time remaining after the Gotland tour, the buses went to the Cabrillo National Monument on the top of Point Loma for a tour of the much expanded museums and exhibits up there, and an absolutely wonderful overlook of San Diego. The visibility was about 50 miles, and near the end of our stay, as if on cue, the USS Jimmy Carter SSN-23, the largest and most technologically advanced submarine in the U.S. fleet, surfaced off shore and proceeded to meet its pilot and tugs for docking at the main pier. All were a little late reboarding the buses for the end of a perfect day.
1700- Happy Hour w/ cash bar followed by Western BBQ poolside at host hotel.
Sat 14 Apr
All Day - Free Time
1700-1800 Happy Hour w/cash bar
1800- Main Banquet was attended by 122 persons. The invocation was given by shipmate, Fred Holcomb. After the meal, the keynote speaker was Mike Bircumshaw, the editor of American Submariner, the magazine of U.S. Submarine Veterans Inc. A few special remembrances, and special toasts were offered for our departed shipmates. Following that there was a period of time allotted at the microphone for a number of the attendees to relate some sea stories and anecdotes. It was all over way too soon!!
SPECIAL SABALO SOUVENIR ITEMS
NAVY AND NAUTICAL ITEMS
The reunion organizing committee:Jeff Owens, Ron Gorence, Larry 'Doc' Davis, John Egan, Frank McCoy, and Peter Lary.
Reunion Coordinator - Jeff Owens-- Email: owensjepix.net USPS: RR1 Box 1026, Nicholson, PA 18446 Tel.: 570-942-4622