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Rogue Troughs

Recently I received an intriguing letter from Adrian Das, Lieutenant Commander, USNR (Retired). LCDR Das has gracefully permitted me to quote his correspondence.

"In January/February 1973, I was in the U.S. Navy on board the USS Saratoga (CV-60) enroute from Singapore to Mayport, FL.

"We were on a northwest heading in the South Atlantic, having entered the Atlantic from the Indian Ocean. I had the mid-to-four Officer-of-the-Deck (OOD) watch, and had just assumed the deck, when the Junior Officer-of-the-Watch (JOOW) noted a strange series of three lines in the sea return. The first line was very pronounced; the second line somewhat less pronounced; and the third, still less pronounced. We were on a heading which had the lines approaching from about thirty degrees off the starboard bow.

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