First Full Day at Sea
Today marks the start of training and watch rotations for all cadets. The training division will be separated by class and major, with the exception of the freshmen, and begin taking classes on certain subjects. One of the Marine Transportation classes is called Terrorism & Vessel Security.
There are three locations that cadets stand watch on the ship. Marine Transportation (Deck) cadets stand watch at the Quarterdeck and Bridge while Marine Engineering cadets can be found in the Engine Room. Division 1 was on watch today while Division 4 on was on training. The Engineering Department spent the morning talking to all their cadets and explaining what their assessments would be. The Deck Department did this during alongside week so MTRA cadets have already started their assessments.
Starting this morning, we have been in rough seas. The waves aren’t too bad but the rolling is what makes everyone sea sick, including me. I have been laid up in bed all day trying to get over it only to find out we should be in 17 foot waves tonight. At one point, I was on the port side trying to get some fresh air with 1/C Baker when he yelled to watch out. I decided to turn around and got a face full of salt water. A wave had crashed onto the deck and soaked us both.
Thank goodness that this chair was tied down, or it would have been moving back and forth across the room!
Everyone has been getting seasick and the waves have only intensified. The Captain decided to contain everyone inside for fear that someone may fall overboard. If anyone has a private helicopter and isn’t doing anything, come find the Kennedy and pick me up!
You may have noticed that I like to use military time in my blogs. That means that I would use 1300 instead of 1: 00 PM. Military time is used at the Academy to avoid confusion.
To understand this concept, simply take whatever time you are trying to say, for example 2 PM. You would add 12 to 2 and get 1400 to say 2 PM. Military time relates each hour of the day with a specific time from 0000 for 12 AM to 2359. I used to be very confused by this until I learned how to use it and now I even switched my phone to tell military