BANGOR, Wash. (NNS) -- A Seabee assigned to Construction Battalion Maintenance Unit (CBMU) 303 Detachment Bangor took advantage of a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity by reenlisting aboard a nuclear submarine, Oct. 10.
Construction Mechanic 2nd Class William Haag and his shipmates were escorted aboard USS Henry M. Jackson (SSBN 730) for the reenlistment.
For Haag, the decision to reenlist on a submarine was an easy one. "I figured that as a Seabee, I would never have this opportunity again." He took full advantage of the opportunity by reenlisting in the control room of the submarine.
Following the ceremony, the Seabees were given a tour of the ship by Electronics Technician 1st Class (SS) Brett Martin. Beginning "topside" on the missile deck, Martin led the group through control and into the torpedo room where Haag had his most memorable part of the day.
"The part that sticks out the most is when we were in the torpedo room and they told us we were 30 feet below the water line," said Haag. "That freaked me out a little."
Haag even received permission from the ship's captain to tour the inside of a torpedo tube.
It's a rare occasion that a Seabee boards a Navy ship, but it's practically unheard of for a Seabee to set boots on a submarine.
"It was impressive," said Construction Menchanic 1st Class Joshua Marker. "The level of knowledge the crew has is amazing. It's remarkable that they manage so well in such tight quarters." At the end of the day, the Seabees had a new level of respect and admiration for the volunteers in the submarine force.
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