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Caiman Sound Bites

We've got sounds! When I (Greg Baer your FlaminCaiman Webmaster) was on Caiman from '69 to '71, I made a bunch of tapes of sounds using the tape recorder in the Sonar Shack. The sounds came from sound powered phones, 1 and 7mc systems, Sonar Shack open mike and from the sonar system. There are even recordings from chatter in the conning tower. Now I'm glad I made those tapes.

For 30 years I've wanted to listen to the tapes and extract the good stuff to cassettes. The Reunion has given me the motivation (and wife approval) to spend the time to rebuild my Teac real to real tape deck (I bought it at the Yoko exchange in 1970) and go through the tapes and record them to WAV files on my computer. Technology has changed a bit. To heck with cassettes.

I attempted to separate the sounds into subject categories. Many of them overlap categories so it's best to just listen to them all. As you go through them, if you recognize a voice or remember something about what was going on, please click on the link 'Contribute Info on this Sound' located with each sound and then send me an email so I can add your comments to the story of that sound.

Before you can listen to any of the sounds, your computer must be set up to play sounds. You must have a sound card, speakers and some software. There are several software programs that will work. I use Real Player which you can download and instal on your computer.

Some of the files are rather large. If you have a dial up connection to the Internet it may take you awhile to download the file. You can save the file to your hard disk by right clicking on the Title of the Sound and 'Save Target As'.

To hear one of the sounds, click on a sound title listed below, sit back and enjoy!.

Flamin Caiman Sounds

Bridge-Control

Title:  Mr Farina reading topside muster list.
Size: 604kb
Info: Not sure what the event was here. Either a swim call, barbeque or something like that.
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Title:  Bridge, Control-Air Charge In Progress
Size: 192kb
Info: I think it might be Chief Smith in Control. Don't know who was on the bridge.
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Title:  Control talking to the bridge with results of muster.
Size: 286kb
Info: Don't know who was talking from the control room. I believe it is Lt Chance on the bridge.
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Conning Tower

Title:  Lt Chance with rudder and depth orders
Size: 474kb
Info: Don't know the names of the talkers except I think it was Lt Chance giving the orders.
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Title:  OD ordering passing the word to surface
Size: 283kb
Info: Don't know the names?
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Title:  OD giving orders for surfacing
Size: 268b
Info: Names?
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Title:  Sound of air filling ballast tanks
Size: 553kb
Info: What a great sound!
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Title:  OD ordering securing from condition baker
Size: 266kb
Info: Names?
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Title:  QM Smith asking for sounding and manuevering talking to the bridge
Size: 283kb
Info: Names?
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Title:  OD reporting on contacts
Size: 262kb
Info: Names?
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Title:  QM explaining the rules of the road
Size: 532kb
Info: QM Smith - It had something to do with using radar ranges for navigating. I don't think he likes the idea.
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Title:  Surfacing in rough seas - Crack the hatch - Close it quick!
Size: 1429kb
Info: Here is a series of sound files that came from about a 45 minute time slice during a surfacing evolution in rough seas.
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Title:  OD makes it to the bridge, tests the 7mc and orders LP blower be started
Size: 634kb
Info: The OD (name?) went up to the bridge and calls down to control to test the 7mc and order that the LP blower be started .
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Title:  OD ordering upper hatch shut and open main induction
Size: 963kb
Info: The OD (name?) went up to the bridge and calls down to control to shut the uppper conning tower hatch and open the main induction.
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Title:  OD has second thoughts on opening main induction
Size: 1269kb
Info: Control calls up to bridge to confirm order to open main induction and the OD has second thoughts.
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Title:  OD decides to open snorkel induction instead
Size: 788kb
Info: After reviewing the situation the OD decided it would be more prudent to open the snorkel induction instead of the main induction.
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Title:  Chief of the watch reports that the snorkel mast is full of water.
Size: 336kb
Info: Chief of the watch (I think it was Smith) calls up to the bridge to report that the snorkel mast can't be opened because its full of water.
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Title:  The OD orders to open the main induction, start the LP blower and drain the snorkel mast
Size: 482kb
Info: The OD (name) calls down to control to order that the main induction be open and to start the LP blower and drain the snorkel mast.
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Title:  Control reports that the main induction indicates open and the LP blower is running
Size: 584kb
Info: Chief of the watch calls up to the bridge to report that the main induction indicates open and the LP blower is running.
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Title:  Conn reports who is in the conn
Size: 996kb
Info: This sounds like my voice reporting to the bridge who was in the conn. Don't recall why the OD wanted to know though.
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Title:  OD orders the release of a yellow smoke
Size: 446kb
Info: The OD orders the After Torpedoroom to release a yellow smoke.
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Title:  OD orders that the med fed antenna be lowered
Size: 129kb
Info: The OD orders radio to lower the med fed antenna.
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Title:  OD reports the last bearing and range info to the bridge
Size: 769kb
Info: OD in the Conn calls down to sonar for bearing and range to contact.
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Title:  Tubes Aft reports that one yellow smoke is loaded dry
Size: 197kb
Info: A Torpedomen in the After Torpedo room reports that one yellow smoke has been loaded dry. I wonder if they can load two at once?
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Title:  OD orders the after torpedo room to load one yellow smoke dry.
Size: 576kb
Info: The OD orders the after torpedo room to load one yellow smoke dry and the torpedo room acknowledges. As I recall, yellow smoke was used to indicate to surface craft to stay clear of surfacing submarine.
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Title:  OD orders radio to raise the ECM mast.
Size: 457kb
Info: The OD in the Conn orders the radio room to raise the ECM mast.
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Snorkeling

Title:  XJA sound powered phone preparation to snorkel
Size: 1495kb
Info: Here's series of recordings made during a snorkel evolution starting with the XJA phones and panel test.
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Title:  1mc announcement - Place all altimeters on zero
Size: 125kb
Info: Chief of the watch announces on the 1mc to place all altimeters on zero prior to snorkeling.
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Title:  The order is Commence Snorkeling
Size: 200kb
Info: The order is given on the 1mc to commence snorkeling.
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Title:  Engine starting
Size: 563kb
Info: DBF!
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Title:  Manuevering to Conn - Snorkeling two engines propulsion float
Size: 234kb
Info: Manuevering (I think it's Tipton) reports to the Conn that we are snorkling and charging batteries.
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Title:  Chatter between Manuevering and the Engine room
Size: 493kb
Info: A little troubleshooting here between manuevering and the engine room.
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Sound Powered Phones

Title:  Testing the sound powered phones
Size: 689kb
Info: This is a series of recordings of chatter on the sound powered phones I believe right before a snorkel evolution.
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Title:  There's a bit of interference coming from the movie in the afterbattery
Size: 1351kb
Info: The movie in the afterbattery is bleeding over onto the circuit.
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Title:  Manuevering has the solution to the interference problem
Size: 174kb
Info: This is a slice of the previous file where Tipton offers his advice.
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Sonar

Title:  Fooling around in Sonar
Size: 480kb
Info: Lew Long and Greg Baer passing the time in the sonar shack
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Title:  Sonarman gets blasted with surface sonar ping
Size: 595kb
Info: I don't recall the voice but he didn't like the pain.
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Title:  OD asks sonar if they still have the contact
Size: 1504kb
Info: OD asks sonar the status on the contact
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Title:  Skimmer SQS26 sonar pinging away
Size: 719kb
Info: Here's what an SQS26 can sound like. You can hear this every where in the submarine.
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Title:  The OD and Operations boss calls down to sonar to tell them to take a look around
Size: 516kb
Info: LCDR Jack Roudebush calls down to sonar to tell them that the boat is coming up.
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Title:  Our leading sonarman (Lew Long) stretches and groans
Size: 597kb
Info: It can get pretty tiring listening to this stuff for a long time
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Title:  Lew asks about the tape and gets a massage
Size: 1353kb
Info: I don't remember what we were doing, but it must have been pretty intense.
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Title:  Sonar reports contact bearing and range
Size: 501kb
Info: Sonar reports to the Conn the latest bearing and range to the contact.
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Title:  Incoming UQC or gertrude
Size: 918kb
Info: This is what an incoming gertrude sounds like on Caiman's BQR-2B sonar.
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Title:  Captain asks how the contact sounds
Size: 984kb
Info: I believe this is Captain Allen Johannsen asking for info about the contact.
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Title:  OD asks sonar how many contacts do they hold
Size: 293kb
Info: The OD, LCDR Roudebush, calls down to sonar to confirm that they only hold the two contacts.
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Title:  The OD orders sonar to do a sweep for contacts
Size: 392kb
Info: The OD, LCDR Roudebush, orders sonar to sweep all around and report all contacts.
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Title:  Sonar classifies contact as non submarine
Size: 662kb
Info: I think this is Chris Field reporting to the Conn that the contact is classified as non submarine.
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Title:  The sound of Caiman's squeaky screw
Size: 763kb
Info: Here's what Caiman's squeaky screw sounded like back in 71 and an accurate turn count too.
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Title:  Caiman's active sonar pinging
Size: 950kb
Info: We must have been chasing something. This is what Caiman's active sonar, BQS4, sounds like.
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Title:  Some biologic sounds
Size: 636kb
Info: This is what biologics sound like on the Caiman's passive sonar. The squeaks are dolphins.
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Title:  Sonar reports bearing and range
Size: 994kb
Info: OD asks for bearing and range info and sonar reports the bearing and range. I think it's Chris Field.
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Title:  Captain asks for bearing and range again
Size: 654kb
Info: Captain Johannsen asks for bearing and range and Chris Field says we aren't getting a return now.
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Miscellaneous

Title:  The old DOWNLADDER
Size: 113kb
Info: As in - Get the hell out of the way - I'm coming down!
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Title:  Diving Alarm
Size: 113kb
Info: Music to our ears! Thanks to Bud Hart for sending in this sound bite.
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