From the look out station of the USS Flying Fish, SSN-673, on the surface in
the Mediteranean Sea.
I was being trained as a lookout by Petty Officer Rick
Harris. He was going thru angles on the bow and that sort of thing with me and
managed to miss seing a aircraft approaching our sub from about a 1 o'clock off
the bow. The captain who was standing in front of us turned around and
immediately berated Petty Officer Harris for failing to report the contact to
him, " Petty Officer Harris as far as you know that plane could have killed us
Rick went silent and started to explain more details about standing the
watch. Meanwhile the plane has passed overhead and was making a turn in the
distance and was heading back to the plane.
Rick reported the contact to the
captain who was rather incredulous, "damnit Petty Officer Harris, I already
know about that contact". To which Rick calmy replied, "I didnt want him to
kill us twice sir".