Sea Robin did not participate in Cuban Missile Crisis operations (15 October - 28 October 1962). We came into work one day and the warshot torpedoes and stores were waiting on the pier for us. We were told to call our wives and let them know that we weren't coming home that day and didn't know when we would be back.
And then --- one of our super-duper communications equipments crapped out --- and as I recall, the base radio shop and I (Comm Officer) and our RM's were up all night trying to get it back in operation, but to no avail. We couldn't go on a war patrol without it.
So, Sea Robin wound up being the duty sub school boat for the next couple of weeks --- adding to the well-earned nickname, "Bobbin' Robin". Lots of operations, but no Cuban action.
Radiomen, chime in at anytime --- you probably have better recollections of the equipment casualty than I do.
Tom you are slightly wrong on this, I remember it well I had the watch on Monday evening after Bermuda when all hell broke loose. The Radio antenna was stuck up and the cables were torn loose in the sail. and we did not get a msg to go to cuba or to nlon for stores. Capt Homlberg was very upset after I told him about the msgs to the other boats. we did finally get a msg to go to nlon to have mast repaired. we pulled in on thursday evening and could not go home but could call our wives. The shop and all of us rms and of couse you were up to pull the mast, it was taken to the shop and repaired. the teflon swelled up in the warm waters of bermuda. after repair's we loaded stores and torpedoes and departed nlon on monday morning and patroled in the atlantic off of new york and ct. After a few weeks we went into quonset point for thanksgiving holiday, Capt holmberg let half of the crew go to nlon for thanksgiving of which I was one of them. after that we went out for a couple of weeks and then returned to nlon and normal ops which did include a week of sub school. I remember it well as the boats were being called and given plain language msgs under Flash conditions, (is war time highest priority msgs) I also remember Capt Holmberg having me tune into a broadcast to listen to what was happening.
Sorry Tom M'll never forget this epesode, hate to controdick you.
I remember Bermuda and Quonset Point over Thanksgiving. The time frame in between is vaque. I think I was too busy mess cooking. I do remember the carrier Essex (The Oldest and the Boldest)was in Quoset Point when we were there and she was part of the Cuban blockade so I quess the whole thing was pretty much over by then.
Well, so much for my "rock solid" memory. I Guess I'll have to remove that chapter from my biography. And how about the time we were attacked by the great white whale? Now, don't tell me that part of my life didn't happen either. I can still picture Holmberg with his peg-leg, standing on top of the sail, with a harpoon in his hand --- or was that on another ship, or maybe it was in a book that I read? It's so hard to remember these days!
Tom you were so young at that time, but I give you credit you were a good come boss. I think I remember it as I had the watch that night. good to hear from you again, I lost you e mail some time ago when I had a computer crash, seems there was alot of them in days past. anyway e mail me yours mine is firstname.lastname@example.org