Interesting…and Shameless! (LOL)
Interesting (and courageous) revelation about gaming the assignments-system to avoid going to sea, in the Navy!
But seriously, that does
sound interesting: the satisfaction of working on getting a new boat started off right
- capped with a Joy Ride or two, on your new creation. (Just so long as nobody f-ed up, like on Thresher, I suppose.)
You found a way to make a post of a waterlined ARII 700-scale 688 boat - without even sail planes - interesting, buddy! (Of course, I do as always still prefer to see those USN/Cold War sail planes...)
Was this build a commission for one of your prior colleagues, Don?