The Cusk has just moved from 150 feet to 100 feet.
In preparation for moving to periscope depth, the conning officer (Lt.
John Troutman) gives the order to the helmsman to set Condition Baker.
Condition Baker is a standard precaution wherein all of the compartments
in the boat are sealed to protect against a possible collision when the
boat is moving to from 100 feet to periscope depth (64').
One of the most dangerous times for any submarine, the
Cusk moves from 100 feet depth to periscope depth. The diving
officer has just reported that Condition Baker has been set below. The conning
officer gives the order,
"Six-four feet smartly, Shut the lower hatch."
afterward, the lower hatch can be heard closing and at about the same
time, Richard "Bing" Bingman can be heard reporting from Sonar that he
can hear gunfire in the distance. Bing continues to give out
the bearing and direction of "Sea Power", the Australian Frigate. Also in the
background, the diving officer can be heard calling out the depths over
the 7MC as
the Cusk rises to periscope depth.
At periscope depth, Condition Baker is secured, and a
look through the periscope shows that the way is clear to surface.
The conning officer (Lt. John Troutman) orders the helmsman to pass the
word to prepare to surface with one engine.
"Prepare to surface, one engine, Maneuvering, aye."
The Cusk has just surfaced and the
Conning Officer orders the upper hatch to be cracked. Brian
Trainor reports, "Hatch is cracked". Troutman then gives the order to,
Brian reports, "Hatch is open."
Troutman ascends to the bridge and
can be heard giving the order over the 7MC,
"Control, Bridge, Open the main induction. Officer of the deck and
lookouts up. Give the ship a
Control responds, "Open the main
induction, Officer of the deck and lookouts up, give the ship a
normal blow, Control aye."
("Normal blow" means to run the low pressure blower
until the ballast tanks are empty.)
At 100 feet with Condition Baker
set below, and with a yellow warning smoke having been fired to the
surface, John Troutman contacts "Sea Power", an Australian frigate and
asks, "...Do you hold my yellow smoke, over."
Sea Power answers saying,
"...this is Sea Power, roger yellow, all clear to surface, over."
In response, Lt. Troutman
says, "...this is Standish, roger, coming to periscope depth this time."
Finally, Sea Power responds,
"This is Sea Power, roger, out."
The Cusk has just moved from 100 feet to periscope depth.
John Troutman can now see through the periscope and after a look around
to be sure the Cusk is safe from any collision, gives the order to,
"Secure from Condition Baker."
John Troutman gives the order to shut the lower hatch to
the Control Room. Brian Trainor reports that, "Hatch is shut and
Then Troutman orders, "Pass the word, surface, surface,
Brian Trainor grabs the 1MC mike
and says, "Surface, surface, surface!"
Shortly after the word is passed, the jolt of the high
pressure air valves being opened can be heard, followed by the roar of
the air going into
the ballast tanks. Then the noise can be heard over the the UQC (underwater telephone)
and someone in
the Conn turns the volume down. In the background, the diving officer can be heard
calling out the depth as the Cusk rises to the surface, "Passing
five-five feet, five-zero, four-five, four-zero, three-five,
the 30' mark, John Troutman, looking through the #1 scope says, "Okay,
the stern is out." and in the background, the roar of the low pressure
blower can be heard as it begins to blow the remaining water out of the ballast tanks.
Finally, the diving officer reports, "Two-six feet and holding."
The Cusk is, "on the roof".
A most familiar announcement to
Cusk crewman, the last call to the evening meal can be heard in the