USS Schenectady LST 1185. In Sept 1977 we were on our way from Fuji to Subic Bay, and went 'around' super typhoon 'Babe'. I was on the Juneau which was rockin and rollin in the 30 to 40 foot swells, but I felt sorry for those Marines on the flat bottomed Schenectady. During the storm we were still allowed out on the flight deck, and I watched the entire bow of the Schenectady come out of the water as it climbed over a swell, and then dive under completely burying the bow up to the bridge.
From 'History of the Schenectady':
"While underway to Subic, SCHENECTADY (and the USS JUNEAU LPD 10 with which SCHENECTADY was in company) had to follow a storm evasion track to avoid super typhoon Babe. This resulted in an extremely rough transit, but no damage was incurred."
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