View Full Version : Need Ex-Navy Nimitz-class sailor for research

08-31-2010, 09:55 PM
I'm having trouble getting through the government bureaucracy required to talk to the Navy and I have a deadline to keep for my second novel. I need someone familiar with the everyday workings of a carrier (unclassified stuff, of course), so I can get my facts straight. The book does concern the newer Ford-class carrier that hasn't been launched yet, however, so I am aware that I will have to guess at some things.
I am ex-Navy, as well, so I do have a clue about how the Navy works in general, I just need a little guidance with some technical details. Someone familiar with emergency procedures and unclassified combat operations, that type of thing. The book is a supernatural thriller.
I will have to also verify that you are who you say you are, so I will need some proof of some kind. You will get a mention in the book as well as a free signed copy when it's published.
Anyone interested, reply to this thread or email tobygtate@yahoo.com. (tobygtate@yahoo.com)
Check out my website for my current book info at http://www.tobytatestories.com (http://www.tobytatestories.com/).

Michael Davis
09-02-2010, 10:19 PM
I also worked in the air side of the Navy many years ago. There is a pretty good show on the discovery channel (which they replay every few weeks) about Nimitz class operations. Should help. Also, Google search can tell you virtually all ya want to know able uncl facets of any military function area. Should provide what your looking for,

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09-05-2010, 01:32 AM
Appreciate the tip. I don't have cable, but I can probably find some stuff on Youtube, as well. I have Googled quite a bit of stuff already. Guess I'll have to go with that.

Duncan J Macdonald
09-05-2010, 01:46 AM
Appreciate the tip. I don't have cable, but I can probably find some stuff on Youtube, as well. I have Googled quite a bit of stuff already. Guess I'll have to go with that.
Not necessarily.
I'm retired Navy (in March 2002), and did a deployment on board the USS Kitty Hawk (CV-63) when I was assigned to Commander, Destroyer Squadron Seventeen (DESRON 17).

I'm currently employed with a defense contractor, and am working in support of the US Navy in Crystal City, VA (Arlington) and have been working on Navy staff since 1995 both in uniform and as a contractor.

You can pick my brain if you want. I've dropped you my office e-mail address as a PM.


09-14-2010, 06:32 PM
I have no background in the Navy. So I googled a ton of stuff. Among the most helpful documents I found was the Navy's 'Ready-for-Sea' modular course. It deals with a lot of the mundane situations (e.g. wardroom etiquette) as well as more specialized matters such as intelligence briefings. Here's the link:


09-17-2010, 09:53 PM
Thanks Phyllo.