It's like having a sea duty on a submarine.
The first thing I learned about being in the Navy is that if your duty station is a ship, and it moves across the ocean, it may sometimes take a long time to catch up and catch up. That was the deal with this ship, and the destroyer I was in too. It took me nearly a month to catch the destroyer I was stationed in. It didn't take me long, to catch the ship. The ship was en route to Subic Bay, in the Philippines. I was going to meet him on the sidewalk, when I finally got there.
After arriving in Manila, I and some other people who were going to the ship stayed, tonight in Manila, on the first night. It was the first night I had ever spent in another country in my life. There were many of us, who flew to Manila the same day, and we needed to take a taxi about two hours south, to meet the ship.
We got a beautiful hotel room in Manila, which looked out onto the streets below, where all sorts of vendors, jeeps like taxis were everywhere, sweating their horns non-stop. We didn't know what to do, so we stayed in the hotel hall. On that first night, we all drank in the hall, and we stayed there. We were traveling for a while, and we were told not to go to parties, but we did celebrate a little bit, but only in the hotel hall.
The next morning, a white pickup truck came, with air conditioning, and it took us all. He drove us to the city where the ship was waiting. Along the way, you can see many different types of taxis, and tons of fields that we all thought were rice fields.
Taxi drivers seem to be driving crazy more than the United States. They veered off into things, barely slowed down to allow anyone to cross the street, and there were a lot of decorations affixed to all their headdresses, and it was all of them, who decorated their taxis so badly. They constantly pair their horns, and sometimes if you watch the driver, it just shouts the horn, and it blows the horn. There were 3 motorbike taxis they call trikes, everywhere. They were the cheapest way to get around.
I consider myself a good motorcycle rider, because I grew up with dirt and motorbikes all the time. One day, I asked a truck driver, if I could drive his three-wheeled motorcycle. He said I would have a hard time, as I hadn't done that before. I told him that I have been riding motorcycles all my life, I can ride something. He bet me 50 pesos, about a dollar, that I can't ride it from one place to another. Oh boy, I drove a little, and I couldn't get her to turn for me, so I was right, and you have to train to ride that stuff, to find out.
I was the "fresh meat" guy, again, on the ship. In the end, this was the real navy. A ship with more than 1,300 people. Our office was almost on top of the ship. All administration, legal, public affairs, entertainment, CO, XO, and Command Master offices are linked together. The offices are connected to each other, so we can use some of the same spaces. You had to do the standard duties that anyone on board had to do. Firefighter training, drills, seaman, abandonment ship, nuclear spill, and other type of drills.
Each person performs special training, and you learn other things about the ship. One of my first duties besides being a lady, you had to stand an hour, or serve on a flight crew, rescue crew, or something like that. Even if you work in an office, at any point, until 3:00 am, they may decide to do exercises or the real thing.
One of my positions was as a hotman in the Navy, and I worked in the administration department, during special marine procedures. We might get supplies from another ship, which is running while it is throwing water, for example, 20 knots, and we're going to throw water, just as quickly. We can transport fuel, supplies, food, postage, people, name it.
They might use a helicopter to transport supplies, from one ship to another, and during all this time, the captain stands on the bridge, stands on the wings, directs the ship as fast as it should be, and what course its path should be running, and during all this time, he has He is always a young marine officer, alongside him, because he always trains officers at any time.
The captain, which I have to watch, trains 50 different officers of the same thing over and over again. We are here, traveling at high speeds, two ships not more than 100 feet from each other. There will be a young banner, or a small lieutenant, standing on the wings of the bridge, trying to give speed, of course, to the rudder manager and rudder commander. Also, at the same time, he has the captain directly behind him, as he presses him a little, tells him what to do, asks him a lot of test questions, always tests them, and trains them.
My job was to track the speed and speed that we were tracking at all times. Young officers will feel confused, unable to remember the path, or the speed with which we were feeling. Usually you just have to set the track and the speed, often, back and forth, just a little bit, but always back and forth, and the ships will be fine.
It is impressive, wonderful, and strong, to be outside, thousands of men work, bright sunlight, crystal blue waters, and your cruises across the oceans, at very fast speeds, and you can see goods and other items transported from one ship to another, and you are just Think, wow, how cool this is.
One day, the captain was on the bridge, he was a nice man, he said: "Little Officer Steed", although I was still only a sailor at the time, he always liked to call people with a higher rank. . He said: "You must have heard from me to say these things over and over, a thousand times so far, I bet you can drive this ship better than these officers."
I always knew it was time to change course, I could do what these officers were trying to learn, just because I was there every time with the captain, when he was always training for someone. The captain was not doing anything on his own, it was always either an exercise, an exercise, or a supply mission, he was always training junior officers, for everything he did.
One of my jobs was talking on the phone to the CO during emergencies and training. During battle scenarios, and other things that we do, each department will have one person who has been on the phone, such as the repair department, the medical department, the damage department, and all the other people who are connected.
The captain was barking orders, and I would like to bend requests to other departments, it was nice as if I was waiting for orders, and it was fun, because everyone took it seriously, and from wherever the captain was, there was always a good view.
On board this ship, the captain had his own kitchen and cooking food. The chef was part of our division, as the Supply Management and Executive Management participated in the same pavement area. So we always share our platform with Chefs and Supply Youth.
The chef was chosen to the CO, sailor of the year, for the ship, and he was a good man. His dream was to work in the White House, and he applied, but was rejected for the job. The captain had his own home-sized stove, fridge and all the things one could get at home, in the kitchen. Chef asks CO, what he wants to eat for each meal, and then makes it for him. The captain might reply, I want a light salad, steak and anything else he wants.
Every completely new person on the ship, who just started out in the Navy, must perform a 90-day duty, somewhere in the cooking section. Either as a cook, assistant, or cleaner, or whatever. My job ended up being responsible for about 3 lockers for frozen foods. Now on board, there should be at least 12 storage cabinets for milk, food, bread, and hamburgers, you name it.
We had an elevator at every entrance, and at the top of the ship, we had our own crane. Before we go out to sea, some tractor semi-trailer trucks will come, and we'll load the ship with fresh food and lots of it. On board, you usually get 4 meals a day, breakfast, lunch and dinner, and one in the middle of the night again, called medium mice, for people who are still hungry, or people who follow or watch. When you have 1,300 people, it takes a lot of food.
Working in the food storage department for 90 days was fun, and the person in charge of us was awesome. We are always allowed to take leave, once your work is done. This meant all of our work, so if someone does, we will help the next man complete his work, until all things are done, and many days, the work is done at noon, and we will be outside the rest of the day. Not so bad a job really.