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Yearly Archives: 2010

My Private Offering

I am, again, reflecting on this eleven day experience Not quite half over Have talked to many sailors and their “Tiger Cruise” families These sailors are young! Average age aboard ship is twenty years old Everyone one of them I see consciously emits pride – Their posture, their attitude, the tone of their voices, the … Continue reading My Private Offering

Sittin’ on the Fantail

Aaahh … My favorite spot! Extreme aft end of the ship Beam wide with small decks and nooks Thirty feet above the water Just below the flight deck Sitting on a two foot round, three foot high cylindrical post (a “chock”) welded to the deck floor To which shore lines are secured Looking out to … Continue reading Sittin’ on the Fantail

24/7 Buzz

Late evening Lights dimmed ship-wide Passageways from bright white to red glow Soft yellow lights in the hangar bays deceptively hide the din of precision activity But, look more closely Mechanics with wrenches under copter blades torquing and adjusting things to be just right Pallets moving slowly and silently atop humming forklifts from corner to … Continue reading 24/7 Buzz

Somber Reminder

On every ship At each mess An unused solitary place setting Mound of salt Lemon wedge A single rose in a vase An inverted glass An empty chair Remembering those who are no longer with us Unaccounted for But always remembered The table, set for one, is small It symbolizes the frailty of one alone … Continue reading Somber Reminder


One day out of Pearl We slow to thirteen knots Along our starboard (right) side, The USNS Rainier replenishment ship approaches Slowly coming almost bow to bow with us Both ships fight each other’s wake between them Keeping the distance constant Maintaining a 170 feet (a mere 15 yards) separation In rolling seas!! A “shot” … Continue reading Replenishment

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