Last night was the second night of the Sinbad Games and the cheers could be heard throughout the ship. One of the events consisted of cadets having to climb up a rope in the fastest time. The event looked very difficult and required a lot of upper body strength. So far Division 2D is in the lead with 13 points. Tonight is the last night and it could be anyone’s game.

Near the bow of the ship on the Green Deck, cadets were given the opportunity to go into one of the confined spaces. This space was ventilated for about 72 hours prior to entry to ensure that it was safe to be in. Cadets would have to climb through a manhole cover and down ladders to reach the bottom of the tank. When I was down in the space all I could think was how amazing it was. The size of the space was impressive. The temperature was relatively cool since we were below the waterline and the air had a crispness to it. It was surprisingly loud as well, between the noise of the ship cutting through the water and the hum of machinery. That will be something a lot of the cadets will not forget.

Cadets getting ready to enter tank

Cadets Davis, Sinclair, and Collins getting ready to enter the tank

Cadets in tank with Mr. Grate

Cadets in the tank with Mr. Grate

View of tank from first landing

View of the tank from the first landing

Cadets climbing down to the 3rd landing

Cadets climbing down to the 3rd landing

Out on the 04 Deck above the Nav Lab, Upper Class Cadets were teaching the Underclass Cadets how to use the sextants.  They were showing them the on proper use of a Sextant to then calculate the vessel's position based off of Celestial Body's like the Sun's geographical position.  This will give them some experience using the sextants so they are not coming into it blind.

Cadets using sextant

Underclass cadets learning how to use a sextant. (Photo credit: Mr. Moore)

There was an announcement on the P.A. today that Hanna Robinson and Daniel Isaacson were accepted into the United States Coast Guard. Congratulations!

Cadet Hanna Robinson

Cadet Hanna Robinson

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