My first job as an executive officer began in 1962, when I reported to the nuclear-powered attack submarine Scorpion [SSN-589]. Six years later she was lost in the Atlantic with all hands.
I went with a very experienced CO, Commander Norman “Buzz” Bessac, who had been the commissioning skipper. Then he was relieved by Commander Robert “Yogi” Kaufman, who was my skipper for the balance of the time in the Scorpion. It worked out well in every respect.
When Yogi came aboard, he had a reputation for being a hotshot and very professional, and he was every bit. He drove that ship like he was sort of attached to it or born with it or something. He was very competent, and he could be overriding if you let him, but he had to rely on me as the experienced guy. We deployed about three weeks after he got there, and we were out for 70 days. He needed me and he knew that, so I had an advantage.