Last night we departed Long Beach--the process to raise the anchor started at 1800 and was complete by 1830. The vibrations from the chain as it landed in the chain locker could be felt throughout the entire ship. Once freed, we were off towards Hawaii. Many cadets gathered outside to get their final phone calls and texts out to their loved ones as we slowly sailed past Catalina Island. Once out of range many went back into the shelter of the aft house or below decks to prepare for the coming day.
Cadet Powley in the scullery
Cadets Adriano and Valdez and Solomon enjoying some gluten free garlic bread
Day work began promptly at 0800 this morning and the cadets have finally gotten into the swing of things. Some were in the galley and scullery cleaning after this morning’s meal. Throughout the ship there were classes and practical trainings occuring as well, including medical training. This allows the cadets to learn some first aid and CPR in the event one of their shipmates needs help. As seen in the photo, cadets are learning how to do CPR and apply the AED.
Simulator training was also occurring throughout the ship. Many cadets look forward to this since is similar to a video game and there is typically a lot of competition throughout. Deck cadets were all over the ship checking all off the water tight hatches to ensure they were tight, while others were in the ballast lab checking on what to do when it comes to ballast. While that’s happening others are deep in the bowels of the ship in the warm engine room. Compared to those on deck they must be having a warm, but unique perspective of the training cruise.
Cadets Alvarez and Britto Ramos conducting water tight inspection of hatches
Cadets Asano and Martir conducting water tight inspection of hatches
Cadets Hill and Juan conducting watertight inspection on hatches
Cadets Connoly and Dorrian with CM Ryals in the ballast lab
So far our journey into the Pacific has been relatively bumpy with a lot of pitching and rolling. We’re expecting it to smooth out soon so we can be more stable on our feet. We are looking forward to Hawaii, but still don’t know if we can go ashore yet. However, we will make the most of the tropical destination, even it if it means sitting on deck and soaking in the sun and the views of shore.
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