A familiar sight for those who served on the
Oklahoma City in the Western Pacific. Mt. Fuji, at an
elevation of 3,776 meters, was a visual and radar navigation aid
many miles away.
Many sailors would come down with 'channel
fever' the night before pulling back into our home port of Yokosuka,
Japan. "I couldn't sleep" was a common saying as
they entered the bridge at 0200. Sure enough, they would check
out the chart table and see the plotted course to yoko and maybe
even take a quick peak at the radar screen and see the Mt. Fuji
blip. The coffee pot was on, as always, and after a cup or two
and some good conversation they would head down to the mess decks or
take a stroll around the main deck.