deck log 1974 oct 02Deck Logs were the UNCLASSIFIED records of ship's position, arrival and departure ports, and significant UNCLASSIFIED events that occurred during an average day in the life of the USS WILLIAM H. BATES (SSN 680).

One could determine the location, how that position was determined, which port the boat departed from, where it was heading, and who had the OOD at any given moment during the day.

Significant events recorded included casting off, mooring, emergencies like fires and injuries, reactor startups and shutdowns, drills that affected the ship as a whole, and even adminsitrative actions like Captain's Mast.

Deck Logs for January, May, and October 1978 have been recently uploaded to the SSN 680 site.

These three months show the full range of ship's activity recorded in the logs, from the sheer boredom of daily routine tied to the pier, through fast cruise, underway surfaced, submerging and surfacing, and drills and routine tedium that help fill our days on the 680. By October, we were somewhere in the Sea of None of Your Business doing what we were trained to do, so the October log is essentially empty, it being classified and all.

Particular items to note include dropping the brow on the Duty Officer's foot (surely an accident!), the injury that resulted from the near-legendary un-clogging, and subsequent redecoration, of the crew's head by a particularly memorable A-ganger (fair winds and following seas), a shipmate transported by ambulance to the hospital with appendicitis, and a whole suite of brief and uni-directional conversations with the CO on opposite sides of a green felt tablecloth, which suggests that we chiefs and leading firsts were somewhat remiss in our responsibilities to provide adult supervision.

We shared some lively times, someone once said.

Beyond the mundane, Deck Logs remain a valuable source of first hand information in determining the history of the boat and the crew who sailed her.

You can find the 1978 Deck Logs at  SSN 680 >> THE LOGROOM  >> DECK LOGS >> 1978 DECK LOGS.

SSN 680 Uploads Available page screenshot

This post is for all of you that have been putting off uploading your photos and documents to the SSN 680 website, and even those of you that haven’t!

The SSN 680 website (www.ssn-680.org) continues to develop since it morphed into Cold War Boats. Among the latest improvements is the ability for any registered user (this means you) to upload your precious treasures from back in the day.

Simply point your browser to www.ssn-680.org, or navigate to the site thru www.coldwarboats.org, log in, and you will find, at the bottom of each SSN 680 menu, a new menu item that allows you to upload essentially any digital file to the site. (See the post image above).

Written by USS WILLIAM H. BATES (SSN 680) submariners Dean Macris (73-75) and Tim Mazza (73-76), Moral Revenge is a work of fiction about family, honor, devotion, and revenge set in the world of fast-attack submarines. When global events, egos, and naval careers drive the United States Navy to use Vice Admiral Alexis Kochenko as a scapegoat it shakes him and his family to its core.

Finding himself inadvertently complicit in a corrupt consortium jeopardizing the safety of the elite submarine service that he and his son have committed their lives to, the Admiral is consumed protecting the family name and the legacy his Lithuanian immigrant parents had so hoped to create.

Just a quick update on this years Amoeba Races 21, at the Rosen Shingle Creek Resort in Orlando, FL, scheduled for 1000 30 AUG 2021 until you decide to give up or the end of the USSVI Convention on 03 SEP 2021.

Those who have already registered and paid include:

19 regroupex 17It turns out that I am not going to be able to get away for the Amoeba Races or the USSVI Convention in Orlando, FL. 

Just one of those years...

I have two rooms reserved at the Rosen Shingle Creek Resort from 8/29 to 9/03 at the group rate, one double queen, and one king suite. I have to release these in the next few days so I don't pay for them.

21 regroupex 17If you need a room at the Shingle Creek, let me know so we can work out a swap with the hotel. If I don't hear from you by 1800 on 20 AUG 2021, I'll release these back into the general USSVI room pool.

If you are interested, email me at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

See you at REGROUPEX 22!

The preparations for the USS WILLIAM H. BATES (SSN 680) AMOEBA RACES 21 are in full swing.

AMOEBA RACES 21 kicks off Monday morning, 30 AUG 2021 at 1000 with our main event, the Wekiva Island Outing, and continues for the first day or so of the USSVI Convention, where thirteen other boats are also having reunions.

In the true spirit of the Amoeba Races, we are once again off to the races! The Amoeba Races!

Now that most states are opening up for travel, we are moving ahead with the Amoeba Races 2021, also known as this year's USS WILLIAM H. BATES (SSN 680) reunion.

We are coordinating our reunion with the USSVI annual convention in Orlando, Florida. This allows us to take advantage of their hotel rates as well as their scheduled activities. Plans are still being developed but here is what we have now:


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