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Most Carrier X.O.s got assigned to a Deep Draft on the way to becoming a carrier C.O. The fortunate ones got the underway replenishment ships and it provided lost of along side tine refuling other ships. Others got amphibs. Having served on four carriers (59, 66, 69, 70 and then 69 again) what appeared the worst mistake in the chain of command was that there was no blackshoe (non airdale) in the upper chain of command. Post squadron command was normally a department head job for most airdales. I would have made lost of sense to have a post command blackshoe as the carrier Navigator. That would have saved lots of ships accidents along with allot of carrier CO's careers.
JR



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