- 1985 Graduated High School in Goffstown, NH.
- 1985 USN Basic Training (Boot Camp) in Great Lakes,
- Attended USN Basic Submarine School
- 1985-1986 Attended :
- Strategic Weapons Electronics (SWS)
22 weeks, 9 hour days learning in depth electronics,
Calculus, and some physics. Graduates are selected in the order of their class
standing to attend one of three "C" level Schools.
I Finished Second in the class with a 3.89
GPA and I chose
ET (Electronics Tech)
for my advanced "C" schooling.
"rating C" school available where:
- ET (Electronics Tech)
- FT (Fire
- MT (Missile Tech).
- 1986 Attended:
- Electronics Technician (ET) CNC "C"
School (Central Navigation Computer).
I was given detailed
computer electronic training for repair and programming of the Central
Navigation Computer System and support equipment on-board Poseidon Nuclear
- Central Navigation Computer (CNC)
- Digital to Digital Converter,
Analog to Digital Converter,
- Navigation Control Console
- Magnetic Tape Unit
- Input/output panels.
All this stuff had to do with supplying digital
navigation data to the Poseidon missiles and to the Submarine
navigation division. . I Graduated this school at the top of my
once again gave me the first pick of my next duty station. I chose the
Kamehameha SSBN-642 (Poseidon
Missile Nuclear Submarine), she was a
Ballistic Missile Submarine just arriving in
Portsmouth, New Hampshire for Overhaul. I chose this of course due to
the location near my home town (Manchester, NH) and the chance to attend some college.
- 1986 to 1989 stationed
- During my stay In the shipyard I attended many more, even deeper
level, schooling on the same
equipment as the Basic "C" schools
covered. This time we covered just the one piece of equipment
TO A MORE DETAILED LEVEL. Each school was one to three weeks long and
8-9 hour days. The level
of knowledge went into more detailed study of all data and timing signal
flow, all power supply circuits and detailed programming instructions. For each
digital signal, we learned
it, labeled it, followed it through
each circuit card and learned how to
identify by troubleshooting when it was failing. A list of some of the
advanced maintenance schools I can remember are:
- Central Navigation Computer
- Magnetic tape unit data storage
- Parallel to Parallel Converter
- Serial to Parallel converter
- Navigation Control Panel
- LORAN Navigation equipment
- SATNAV equipment
- GPS receivers (military versions)
- Radar Unit (2 separate schools)
BPS-15 Radar and the SPA-25 Display
- Early Warning Receiver (radar receiver and analyzer to
detect and identify the enemies radar signal)
- IFF Transponder (Identify Friend or