News Articles
Brotherhood Pirates Religion Churchhill T.S. Eliot Quote - Going too far Home Address

Liberty was always full of surprises. As this article from the August 29, 1984 Philadelphia Inquirer reports, the USS William H. Bates tied up to a small craft, a minesweeper or torpedo retriever, perhaps, in the harbor at Avalon, for a weekend of fun and frolic in the festive night life of Catalina Island.

What isn't said is that, while it really seemed like a good idea at the time, anchored for a weekend only 60 miles away from your homeport after three months of weekly ops isn't that much fun for anybody that would rather be home with their family, especially someone, say, who had only been married for four weeks, say, like myself.

That's not to say we didn't have a good time. Trading tours of the boat for rides on rocketship cigarette boats was a treat, as well as the welcoming bars and restaurants of Avalon. And who could turn down an abalone burger on the pier for a couple of bucks?

The beer was just as cold as any place we'd been, but sometimes, you'd just rather be home!


Click image for larger view of Bates at Catalina Island

2000 Characters left

© 2020 Brad Williamson
and/or the
USS William H. Bates (SSN 680) Association
or respective image owners
All Rights Reserved
Permission is granted for not-for-profit reproduction of text and images under the condition that all attribution as to owner and source is included,
and additionally, when republished electronically, a link to is provided.

U.S. Naval Institute News

  • China’s New Type-075 Amphibious Warship Kicks Off Sea Trials
    The first in a new class of Chinese amphibious warships began sea trials, according to photos released on Chinese social media platforms Pictures showing the People’s Liberation Army Navy (PLAN) Type 075 amphibious assault ship (LHD) heading out to sea emerged on the Chinese-language Internet today. The Chinese Navy first put the amphib in the […]
  • MDA to Use Destroyer USS John Finn for Defense-of-Hawaii Missile Intercept Test
    The Missile Defense Agency is nearing its planned defense-of-Hawaii test event with an Arleigh Burke destroyer and a Standard Missile-3 Block IIA, to prove the ship can serve as a back-up to ground-based homeland defense systems if needed. The FTM-44 flight test, which was planned for May but postponed due to COVID-19-related restrictions, would prove […]
  • Columbia SSBN Program Doing Land-Based Testing to Avoid Past Shipbuilding Mistakes
    Past ship design and acquisition mistakes, such as those with the Ford-class carrier and Littoral Combat Ship programs, are leading to some extra steps in today’s shipbuilding programs to ensure no time or money is wasted again, two speakers said at a virtual naval engineering symposium this week. Rear Adm. Jason Lloyd, the Navy’s chief […]