At Least We Didn’t Sink
This lighthearted and occasionally hilarious view of carrier operations is unique and difficult to put down. The Aussie characters are larger than life but true to life.
While the three squadrons onboard, Grumman Trackers, Skyhawk fighter bombers and Wessex helicopters were engaged in various international exercises, life onboard ranged between the bizarre and the tragic. Everybody worked hard and played even harder. The ship caught fire at sea, an attempt to climb Mount Fuji turned into a fiasco starting with a broken down U.S. Navy bus.
Runs ashore to the fleshpots of Manila, to downtown Singapore and to the PX stores in Hawaii sorted the men from the boys. Class warfare between the senior officers and the aircrew was never far below the surface and the mystery of how a grand piano was smuggled onboard was never solved.
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