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R. Stephen Crowley
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R. Stephen Crowley
FTCS(SS), USN, Ret. 
FTCS(SS), USN, Ret., 1969-1989
Norwich, Ct


Joined under the Cache Program 13 Dec 1968 and went active 7 Apr1969. Did Boot in Great Lakes. During boot was a member of The Blue Jackets Choir. After Boot went to Dam Neck Va for Polaris Electronic A School followed by Mk 84 FCS C school Became a 2nd Class FTB out of C school and transferred to the USS Simon Lake (AS-33) In Jan 1972, I transferred to the USS Mariano G. Vallejo SSBN 658 Blue, Married Naomi, and 39 Hours later flew out to Scotland for a 110 day patrol. After taking her thru the shipyard in Newport News, Va for Poseidon conversion,we moved back to Charleston, SC and made patrols until 1975. Late that year we left for Pearl Harbor, Hawaii with a stop in San Diego for Instructor Training School. We arrived in Honolulu in Feb 1976 and loved it thoroughly until forced to leave in mid 1979. By that time I was FTB1(SS), had earned the title of Master Training Specialist and was ready for my first LPO job. I went to the USS Ulysses S. Grant SSBN 631 Gold. That was a real learning experience. After about a year there I went to the USS Sam Rayburn SSBN 635 where I spent nearly 5 years as the FTB LPO, made Chief, Qualified Chief of the Watch and Diving Officer as well as many other challenging side jobs. This command was probably the most rewarding tour I did in my career. When I left there they were preparing to turn her into a floating nuclear prototype. I went to NAvSubScol Nlon to take charge of the FTB training office for the last 4 years of the career. That had many challenges and rewards including being advanced to Senior Chief Petty Officer. I spent the last Six months before retiring as the Chief Master At Arms of SubScol. I truly feel that was the most enjoyable time in the Navy. I retired in Mar 89 (transferred to the Fleet Reserve)

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