October 2001.

     AS much of a wreck as the ORLECK was, her ASROC spaces looked pretty good. ASROC was a great system. Rugged, sailor-proof, simple.  You could count on her it to work when needed.
    As long as I had air pressure I knew I could load and fire a bird.
    I had a weird feeling being back in the ASROC shack after a 21 year
absence. I needed just a few minutes to familiarize myself and then I
recalled what switches to flip - and which ones not to- to fire up the launcher for my daily checks. I checked for the P1 firing plug-it wasn't there. I checked for power available. There was none. I checked for air pressure. None. I happened to glance over to where my striker, Arthier, would be sitting. He wasn't there.  There wasn't a butt-kit to be found. Nor a spit-cup.  It didn't matter. I was home.

Dave Hood with Steve Davis, reliving the ASROC days on USS ORLECK, docked in Orange, Texas

    Steve Davis was a GMG who was an ASROCKETEER on the ORLECK back in late 60's.
   Once again he is in charge of her ASROC spaces.  He said that he really felt
weird when he saw the ORLECK again.

Dave Hood.

With many built by the Diamond Match
Company, the MK-112 ASROC launcher (as seen above on USS ORLECK) was referred to as the "Matchbox" ASROC launcher.

With the "Matchbox" Launcher in the foreground, Dave Hood's " ASROC shack" can be seen in the background with the blast windows. USS ORLECK (DD-886) berthed in Orange, Texas.



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