By AW1 Tim

AW1 Tim is a former Aviation Anti-Submarine Warfare Operator 1sts Class (E-6). That’s a fancy title and means that I operated the sensor equipment aboard P-3 Orion aircraft for the US Navy. Those sensors included sonar, radar, ESM, MAD, camera, FLIR and such systems. My job was to take the data that the system collected, analyze it, and pass it on to the Tactical Coordinator for his use. I have ~5000 hours of aircrew time and loved every minute of it. I’d do it all over again in a heartbeat.

In this blog I talk about my job, about ASW, about submarines and ships, both ours and other nations, about politics and anything else that I want to write about. It’s my front porch, and you’re all welcome to have a seat and speak your mind.

The rules: Comments will be nice and respectful. Bantering is fine, but I reserve the right to remove any comments that cross the line, and I will set the line as I see fit.

NOTHING posted here represents ANY possible way, unless otherwise noted, anything official from the DoD, Navy, or any other government agency or department. EVERYTHING posted here, unless otherwise noted is from open, unclassified sources, and I will NEVER knowingly post anything classified.  These posts represent MY views and commentary on the subject matter, unless otherwise stated.

Enjoy, have fun, and feel free to comment, offer suggestions, and even ask questions about anything I write. If I can answer it, i will, or I’ll try and direct you to someone or somewhere that can.

21 Responses to “About”

  1. 1 Chris Hall
    October 6, 2010 at 20:50

    Tim — Nice Orion pieces. I’m developing an exhibit at Maine Maritime Museum called Cold Waters, Cold War: the 20th Century Navy in Maine, about US naval personnel and operations based in Maine during the Cold War era. This will run Feb.18, 2011 – August 7, 2011, and will be largely devoted to submarine-related operations in the North Atlantic, with regional tie-ins to the P-3 Orion squadrons out of Naval Air Station Brunswick, the Portsmouth Naval Shipyard, and the acoustic sensing and communications centers at Cutler and Winter Harbor farther Downeast.
    I’m hoping you could help me locate ASW material to support this exhibit, possibly like the charts you have mentioned in some commentary replies.
    At any rate, please feel free to contact me when convenient M-F 8-5.
    Much obliged,
    Christopher G. Hall
    Curator of Exhibits
    Maine Maritime Museum
    243 Washington St.
    Bath, ME 04530
    207 443-1316 x.326

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    July 14, 2011 at 00:25


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