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NameDerek L Farthing
Retirement/Discharge DateOctober 1994
Tour 1 DatesMay 1975 - Febuary 1977
Tour 1 Rank/RateOS3
Tour 1 DivisionOI
NATO Mixed Manned CrewNo
CommentI held the position of the CIC-Bridge S/P phone talker when CIC passes that they hold the Belknap and Kennedy closing in on each other...Fleetac speaker spurred out, "Belknap, this is Kennedy over!" Immediate concern went out because of the use of plain names with a Soviet tattle tail "in formation". Next CIC passes through me, that they hold the Belknap & Kennedy merged. All bridge hands' feet and eyes shot over to the Stbd bridge wing...There in the distant, I saw, I reported back to CIC, "There's a large explosion...,they've collided!" Thus began a night which can never be forgotten. DLF

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