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#1 T. A. Gardner

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Posted 04 July 2010 - 11:03 PM

Here are a few from my Navy days:

The first is one of the projects I managed with the first produciton batch. That was just short of a $1 million dollar job and I saved the Navy nearly $500,000 on that one. The second is at my retirement. Chief Channel (left) and Senior Chief Scott (right) are behind me. Chief Channel retired with me.
The last is me in the shop doing what needed getting done.

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#2 Biak

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Posted 05 July 2010 - 03:15 AM

Nice pictures T.A., What were your assignments? If you can divulge that info. Those aren't 'lobster' traps in the first photo right?

Get your facts first, and then you can distort them as much as you please.

 

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#3 T. A. Gardner

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Posted 05 July 2010 - 06:30 AM

That particular picture shows the shore power cable racks I was building for NavSta San Diego PWC Department. They are essentially glorified pallets for holding the cables that power the ships when in port. I had to redesign them from the sketches I initially received.
They cost $1100 each for me to produce versus $3300 from civilian bids. Shipping was $100 apiece.

The reason they had to be made was California's enviromental laws prohibited any contamination of the stormwater system on base by industrial products. Apparently the old method of piling the cables on a wooden pallet and / or dragging them to the ship was letting little bits of rubber from the jackets get in the storm sewers.
Of course, what I couldn't figure out was if that were the case why were they letting cars drive around the base?.....
Anyway, the racks did have several advantages. They allowed you to stack one ship's worth of cables in a single rack. The racks had side panels so you could mark information about what was in the rack on it. A single driver and forklift could haul all the cables for a ship in a single load reducing the time and manpower necessary to deliver or remove cables from the pier. They also minimized physical damage to the cables both in storage and transit.

#4 USMCPrice

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Posted 05 July 2010 - 12:23 PM

Well I still think you're a pretty good guy and smart, well read individual even if you were a squid!:D

Just kidding, nice pics.
"I come in peace, I didn't bring artillery. But I am pleading with you with tears in my eyes: If you f**k with me, I'll kill you all."Marine General James Mattis, to Iraqi tribal leaders
"Every Marine is, first and foremost, a rifleman. All other conditions are secondary."Gen. Alfred Gray, 29th Commandant of the Marine Corps

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Posted 05 July 2010 - 12:33 PM

Well I still think you're a pretty good guy and smart, well read individual even if you were a squid!:D

Just kidding, nice pics.


Just realized how this sounded, i was kidding about...

even if you were a squid!

I was sincere about this part....

Well I still think you're a pretty good guy and smart, well read individual

I'm leaving now to go wash the taste of foot out of my mouth, dooh!
"I come in peace, I didn't bring artillery. But I am pleading with you with tears in my eyes: If you f**k with me, I'll kill you all."Marine General James Mattis, to Iraqi tribal leaders
"Every Marine is, first and foremost, a rifleman. All other conditions are secondary."Gen. Alfred Gray, 29th Commandant of the Marine Corps

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Posted 05 July 2010 - 02:34 PM

Thats very cool...........too bad the military doesn't operate like that anymore.

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Posted 05 July 2010 - 02:37 PM

I've never understood the "outsourcing" mentality? Those who know the needs and "what for's" are usually the last to be consulted. Great job TA.

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