Deployment Chronicles–> Article 27 “Idea Gone Bad”

Airboss is gone ūüė¶ We had his farewell yesterday. He went to the¬†carrier for the rest of the deployment and we sure are going to miss¬†him. On his last flight aboard the ship, he logged his 2,000th mile and¬†in celebration we hosed him down and antiqued (poured flour all over)¬†him!

The plan itself backfired a little bit because he was sitting on¬†the starboard (right) side of the helo and when he got out of the helo he backed up and I couldn’t get around to throw the flour in his face.¬†Instead I had to climb under the tail of the helo because of the¬†restrictions on the flight deck with the nets down and when I threw the¬†flour at him, the wind blew half of it back on me.

 

Flower Coming Your Way!

Now for the Water.

Now its My Turn. This Flower is just about to blow back on the both of us. haha.

 

 

There’s the rest of the air crew getting him good with flower and water. I was so happy they let me join in on the festivities since technically I’m not actually part of the air crew.

This is the aftermath. As you can see it didn’t go very well in my favor but I would say at least 1/4 of the flour did land on Airboss.

And that’s the finished product with Airboss. I love this pictures. haha.

The British officer that was onboard with us for a few days¬†saw me afterwards and he was laughing so hard. He said, “What happened.”¬†And when I told him he said, “Bloody hell, that’s a typical school girl¬†mistake.” hahaha.

In case you are wandering the British ships serve alcohol¬†onboard, so you can drink every night and on the weekends unlimited. All I have to say to that is “It’s Bollocks!”

On the night before they pull back into England they have a¬†“Channel Party” in which they transit the English Channel and proceed to¬†get completely sloshed. He said on his last ship when they were going up¬†the channel and from the stories he was telling it seems like a pretty good time. I don’t want to get him in trouble otherwise I would tell you, but just know that drunken fun at the end of a deployment = crazy times! I was very educated on British formalities.¬†This launched an entire conversation about the dutch because apparently¬†on dutch warships everything is co-ed, even the bathrooms! I’ll save¬†that for another day.

I’ve got to go. I get promoted to LTJG (Liutenant Junior Grade)¬†tomomorrow on our transit through the Suez Canal, so that should be¬†interesting. The captain says he has something big in store. Standby for¬†that. I’m moving from gold bars to silver. Woot Woot!

Deployment Chronicles–> Article 19 “A Rescue”

And so the monotony of life at sea has finally set in. I can’t wait to¬†pull into the next port! I’m ticking off the days on my calendar and¬†waiting impatiently for land. I don’t know if you understand what its like to pine for solid ground.

The girls have fought back! The other night we neglected all of our work¬†and obligations and had this huge karaoke night in the wardroom. It was very obnoxious and perfectly what we needed after the stresses of sea life. At first it started in one of the staterooms and my friend¬†K has this plug in karaoke machine that has thousands of songs on it¬†and 2 microphones. The helo was taking off so H was back there¬†because she’s the helo control officer so we called her and told her to¬†get her butt up ¬†to the stateroom as soon as she was finished. I was a back up dancer. We¬†were totally ridiculous. She came up and joined in so there were 5 of us¬†all together.

We started getting really loud at this point and we were laughing¬†hysterically because myself and E cannot sing… AT ALL. I mean I don’t think you can even begin to understand how bad I am. I have never karaoke’d in public, not even if I was really drunk, because I still think I would be told to get off the stage. It’s seriously that bad. So the fact that I was even participating in this, means I was loopy.

H and K were actually pretty good singers, and E and I were really bringing them down. Well a few minutes after we started getting really loud there came a loud knock on the door and this officer from the medical detachment was standing there looking very aggravated. She started yelling at us, telling us to keep it down, saying that she was very busy, la-de-da. Seeming that none of the medical officers onboard really do anything, we knew that was not true, so we just laughed and she was furious. We told her we would be quieter and then as soon as we shut the door we were louder than before. I was willing to start that war, even though she outranked us. haha.

She didn’t come back but we decided to move our party to the wardroom¬†and so we did. 5 minutes later she walked in to eat dinner all of a
sudden even though dinner was over and she was glaring at us. We sang louder and danced around until she left. It was awesome.

I had my second SWO board for my pin, two days ago and I passed! I have to go before the captain for my final board and he will drill me with questions and then if he thinks I am ready he will sign my letter and I will get my pin.

While I was on watch a few days ago around 0330 in the morning someone¬†started screaming frantically on the bridge to bridge radio saying their ship was being¬†attacked and they needed assistance immediately. I of course picked up¬†the phone and started talking to them. We were collecting information, but the position was too far for us to provide immediate assistance so¬†another ship in the area went in for the rescue.¬†Their ship was on¬†fire and it was an oil tanker so that is not a good thing. There were¬†explosions coming from the engine room and everyone had run to the¬†bridge and locked themselves inside. Shortly after, they abandoned ship. The Philippine Sea was pulling them out of the water approximately an hour later. I couldn’t believe that I was the first¬†contact with them, it was pretty cool.

It’s a vicious world out here. The merchant vessels are very vulnerable¬†and I would be extremely afraid to be on a merchant vessel crossing this¬†part of the world. Being held hostage for over a year is not in my life¬†plan.

Since our next port is going to be extended, we are planning different things to do such as a paintball tournament. This I am very excited
about. I love playing paintball! And we will have dinner parties. SUPPO,¬†will have a wedding down. He was just promoted¬†from LT to Lieutenant Commander and normally when you go up a pay grade¬†you take the wardroom out for a party called a “wedding down” in which¬†you are supposed to spend at a minimum the difference of your pay-grade.¬†He said I could help him plan it!!! I love planning party’s!

Well there’s not a whole lot going on at the moment. I’m reading a very¬†engrossing novel called Unbroken about Louie Zamperini an Olympic runner¬†who got drafted into the War in 1941 and was on a B-24 Liberator which¬†ended up crashing in the ocean. He and the pilot survived and floated¬†for 40 days some 2,000 miles to the Marshall Islands where they were¬†picked up and put into a POW camp by the Japanese. It’s a very intense¬†and emotional read but I can’t put it down. More soon!

Underway is Where we Were.

My first time out on the sea. Woo! ¬†As we set out on Wednesday morning at 6am, I was both excited, thrilled, and ready for a crazy ride into the unknown I guess. We weren’t going far out, just far enough to do some drills and get underway time. I participated in as much as I could and everyone was eager to teach me because they know ALOT about what they do.

We had flight ops, in which a helicopter landed on our flight deck at least 20 times as we did different evolutions. We are now qualified. We loaded ammo into different guns and had practice rounds firing them, we had a small boat ops in which we sent out people to land and came back in the night. I stood watch in combat systems. It was a huge blur in which I got little to no sleep at all. 7 hrs total, in the 3 days we were out. There was just so much to do and so little time.

After coming back to port, I had to stay on the ship because it was my duty day, so I finally got home this morning and just in time for the SUPERBOWL!! Although I do not care about either team, it is the superbowl and a huge day of fun it will be. I’m so exhausted now, and I’m going to take a nap, but I’m sure I will have more to tell later.

In the upcoming week I’ll be attending school for anti submarine warfare. Pretty crazy, and not your normal school, but still it is very exciting…