:: Sunday, November 14, 2004 ::
One of the crew on the foc'sle while underway Nov 13th, 2004. It had stopped raining at this point.
While we were being oriented mid deck on safety issues such as life jackets, and I finished my buffet breakfast, it began to drizzle lightly. By the time we had left the confines of the inner harbour with the assistance of our tug, it was drizzling hard or raining lightly. Take your pick. We passed Shelter Island and the submarine tender and the Los Angeles class attack submarine in drydock, partially hidden behind a screen. Before we cleared the channel the TICONDEROGA class Guided Missile Cruiser Bunker Hill, hull number #52, passed us and lowered her colours in response to our doing so as greeting. We did it as an experiment to see if they would be eagle eyed enough to notice the salute and they did. The next ship – the 19th ship in the ARLEIGH BURKE - class of Guided Missile Destroyers, hull #69, USS Milius didn’t notice or chose not to respond. In the same time frame we got to see several flights of F-16s take off in tandem –ie side by side from the same runway – with full afterburners on. Never seen that before There seemed to be a great deal of military activity in the area according to the locals on the ship. I liked it. Apparently there was some exercise going on. We were later circled by a Seahawk helo and an F-16 at different times when we were out to sea.
:: Mike Wood 23:12 [+] ::