This page leads into chapter drafts of a work in progress known as The Striker. In Navy jargon, a Striker is an apprentice to one of the Navy’s many occupation specialty groups.
The X-Division Assignments is the series title for Wade Jarvis’ investigative and undercover work set in the late 1960s through the mid 1970s. At nearly all Navy commands, there is a special detachment called X-Division that houses transient sailors who are awaiting their next assignment.
Wade Jarvis works for the Office of Naval Intelligence under a mysterious commander who answers only to the name Elmer. Elmer tasks Wade to “put faces to names” as he cuts him orders to study Atomic-Biological-Chemical (ABC) Warfare at Treasure Island in San Francisco Bay.
Wade leads his team in a security sweep of the super secret SOSUS station off the southern tip of Bermuda. In the 1960s, the Navy followed every ship at sea through using a network of hydrophone arrays. Those listening stations could track submarines from across the Atlantic as they approached our shores.
They also heard submarines shatter at great depths.
Wade’s security team has transferred confiscated SOSUS material aboard a shuttle launch. Heaped on top of it and sea sick is the young cook-striker Dusty who is returning to Bermuda with them. For his age, Dusty didn’t seem to have much innocence left to protect. And experience found in the Navy rarely allowed it to survive.
Dusty is particularly anxious about a cassette tape.
Dusty, the former cook-striker for the Argus Island, emerges from the pit of sea-sickness, appraises the turmoil surrounding him, and takes up his private mission.
Dusty “jumps ship” as Wade’s security team joins the larger operation gathering SOSUS recordings from the Tudor Hill Laboratories, the analysis station on Bermuda.
Paxton finds an under-the-table duplicate cassette recording, but officialdom is not interested.
Jones draws Wade out about “loose ends” in the investigation—Dusty might have a copy of a top secret recording—and Paxton, another.
Dusty has gone with the last flight.
Paxton reveals he has mailed his cassette to his girlfriend in Seattle.
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