This one hits close to home

https://www.pilotonline.com/military/vp-nw-navy-uss-vella-gulf-death-20200313-bx6osiaaxnbgji426cnl42icyu-story.html

It’s always a sad thing when a member of the military passes away like this. But for me personally, this is extra sad.

I had the honor and privilege of serving as part of the pre-commissioning crew of USS VELLA GULF (CG-72) in 1993. I arrived as a Second Class PO and transferred 3 years later as a CPO. I was one of the first three crew members to earn the Surface Warfare designator in the command’s history and was runner-up sailor of the Year in ’94. It was the best tour of duty in a lot of ways in my 24-plus years of honorable service. This is a terrible tragedy, as all deaths on active duty are. And while I did not know BM2 Khan, this one is personal.

RIP Boats. We have the watch.

2 thoughts on “This one hits close to home

  1. Most people don’t realize how dangerous it can be aboard a ship, particularly carriers.

    Rest in n Peace.

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