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Surface Effect Ship Test Facility Pax River
March 1971 to January 1976.
It sure pays to have a different number of NEC's. I had all of the required ones needed for the position of ships operating engineer except one. I needed to be certified as a navy diver self contained (no mixed gas). Off to Key West to accomplish this with the current age cutoff being thirty at that time. If I remember, I was around twenty nine and a first class. I passed and earned the NEC but it was rough. The hardest part was running, the only thing behind me was the ambulance wanting to know if I wanted a ride so I would drop out. I made the mistake of going to club and running into some of the instructors which made it rough the next day. It was a great day when I picked up the NEC and my pin.
Buyboat Old Squaw in Titusville, FL
Buyboat Old Squaw in Titusville, FL
Buyboat Old Squaw in Titusville, FL
Buyboat Old Squaw in Titusville, FL
Buyboat Old Squaw in Titusville, FL
Buyboat Old Squaw in Titusville, FL
Buyboat Old Squaw in Titusville, FL
Buyboat Old Squaw in Titusville, FL
Buyboat Old Squaw in Titusville, FL
Buyboat Old Squaw in Titusville, FL
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Buyboat Old Squaw in Titusville, FL