I was a member of the First Increment of the Pre-Commissioning Crew for the USS South Carolina, DLGN-37 (changed to CGN-37 after commissioning). I was initially assigned to the Pre-Commissioning Crew of the USS Nimitz, CVN-68, but it was behind its construction scheduled and my orders were cancelled. I was still on the USS Enterprise, CVN-65, and the ship was preparing for another cruise to Vietnam. I then requested the South Carolina and was glad to receive my orders. When those orders…Read more…
A "plank owner" is an individual who was a member of the crew of a ship when that ship was placed in commission, recommissioning or decommissioning.
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