December 31, 2013 at 12:27 am
I was a SONAR guy in the Navy. Our department included the nuclear RTDC weapon (rocket thrown depth charge), which was basically a tactical panic button against ballistic missile subs.
ANYWAY, if we were ever asked whether we had such a device on board, our answer was always to be "I can neither confirm nor deny that." Communication about such devices was to be non-existent.
A CPO from a sister ship told of getting a call at his house late one night, from one of the crew on duty back aboard ship.
"Chief, we have a leak in the magazine."
"Did you wake the LPO?"
"Well do that. Goodnight."
About 20 minutes later he got another call -- from the LPO.
"You know those things we can neither confirm nor deny?"
"Well, it's leakin' right on one of 'em."
I sat on one of the things once, though as an impersonation of Slim Pickens it fell short. But it does explain how my kids are turning out. ;-)
January 1, 2014 at 3:49 am
The Cold War was deadly serious as opposed to being seriously deadly, but it had the potential to be.