Stu Riley, 6', blonde hair,
blue eyes, and the youngest of the crew of the SSRN Seaview.
He enlisted in the Navy right
after High School, and after serving four years, the last two on subs, he was
drafted by Lee Crane to join the crew of the Seaview.
Riley's 'specialty' is music, surfer music and surfer jargon. His training
specialties, however, are in the hydrometer and fathometer. He is also a
Master Diver, which accounts for his inclusion in most of the missions outside
of the boat not requiring the Deep Water Dive Team. He has also been certified
to fly the Flying Sub and has done so on several missions where the senior
officer was incapacitated.
Stu has brought a different
perspective to the Crew's Quarters, particularly with his rather laid-back
attitude. In as such, he has been known to stow his surfboard on the boat
in an accessories locker, along with his guitar, much to the chagrin of COB
Frances Sharkey and Commander Chip Morton, the XO, and yet to the amusement of
both Captain Lee Crane and Admiral Harriman Nelson. When there is loud
music coming from the Crew's Mess, the odds are that Riley is at the root of it.
Morton doesn't like Riley's musical tastes, and makes no bones about letting
everyone know how he feels. While he is glad that there have been times
that Riley's musical acumen has been valuable (Crane's Venice escapade comes to
mind immediately), he has no tolerance of Riley's music.
After the addition of
Captain Karen Davis and her daughter, Caitlin Davis, to the Institute 'family',
Riley took it upon himself to act as a watchful 'big brother' over the younger
Ms. Davis. He often provided 'brotherly' advice, when asked for, to her
and made sure that she stayed out of trouble.
Riley never married, but did
have a daughter from a relationship with one young woman, Kara. They
remained close, and Stu supported his daughter, Seana, both financially and
emotionally, until she turned 18, and moved in with him, as she prepared to
enter the Navy, and become a master diver, like her father.