P.O.D.

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:

  • Frank Allen
  • John Connon
  • Ken Crosby
  • Randall Davis & Gloria
  • Bob Emmitt
  • Dave Gordon
  • Mark Herber
  • Paul Huber & spouse
  • Michael Jack
  • Lee Johnson
  • Randy Kahl
  • Jerry Lundquist
  • Carlos Manzo
  • Chuck Phillippe & Cyndie
  • Terry Stanley

In addition, Chris Watson and Matt Crossley have indicated they are attending, but have not finalized their registration as of this date.

The main event will be the Wekiva Island Outing at the Wekiva Island Resort just north of Orlando on Monday, 30 AUG 2021, 1000-2100, which includes a genuine Chuck Phillippe barbecue, drinks and snacks of all sorts, beach cabanas on the river, reconnecting with shipmates, and probably many lifetimes of not-to-be-missed sea stories. (If you aren’t there, you won’t be able to defend yourself!)

The USSVI Convention this year is being held at the Shingle Creek, along with thirteen other boat reunions, so there will be plenty to do and plenty of catching up with old friends.

It’s not too late to register and attend, so if you don’t want to miss out, follow the links below for more information and registration.

If you still need a hotel room, I have two reserved that I will not be using - see the Two Rooms Available article below (in the Familygram) or on the SSN-680 P.O.D. on the website.

There is not a moment to lose!

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:

SSN-680.org is dead.

Well, the website is still up, and if you type www.ssn-680.org, you’ll still get to the familiar blue and orange Bates site. It’s still usable to a degree, and you can still register and log in. Maybe dead-locked is a better word.

Time marches on. We have reached the point I can’t continue to modify and improve the website because of the database that drives the site. I found out last week when I wasn’t able to incorporate tracking of RSVP ’s to the August get-together in Orlando. The data structure behind the web site literally reached its limit, and without a major overhaul we can’t do much with it. That’s all on me, based on decisions made over eight years ago during the sun-680.org website’s first overhaul.

There is a hint of reunion in the air. A good idea, long overdue, is coming together. Enough of you have expressed interest to motivate a few of you to push this forward.

We really haven't established anything more than the possibility at this point, but it's looking like Labor Day weekend of this year in Orlando, FL, with the USSVI Annual Convention might be a real possibility.

Check here for conversation as this evolves. Look for updates through the P.O.D., Facebook groups, and the occasional Familygram.

We'll keep you posted!

I have a question for you. Most of us reading this have served on at least one submarine during Cold War, the Bates, and many have served on six, eight, and even more during their Navy careers. The question, which I’ll answer somewhere later in this post, is “How many submarines of the U.S. Navy were in service during the Cold War?”

For sake of argument, I’ll propose that the Cold War ran roughly between the end of WW II until the fall of the Soviet Union. Call it the beginning of 1946 through the end of 1991, and the boat must have been in commission at some point during that time.

Now hold on to your answer and your hats, because there is something I need to tell you.

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