Friday, May 1, 2009

TIGER CRUISE 2009

THE MIDDLE OF APRIL I WAS ABLE TO GO ON THE USS THEODORE ROOSEVELT AIRCRAFT CARRIER FOR THREE DAYS. MY SON-IN-LAW IS IN THE NAVY AND WHEN THEY COME BACK INTO PORT THEY DO A CRUISE WHERE FAMILY MEMBERS CAN COME ABOARD TO LIVE AND EXPERIENCE WHAT THEIR SAILOR DOES OUT ON THE SHIP WHEN THEY ARE AWAY. CORD WAS GONE THIS TIME FOR 8 MONTHS. DURING THIS TIME THEY VISITED DIFFERENT PORTS AROUND THE WORLD FROM LONDON, TO DUBAI, TO SOUTH AFRICA ETC ALONG WITH BEING OVER IN THE WAR ZONE. THERE IS ALWAYS A DESTROYER ALONG SIDE THE AIRCRAFT CARRIER TO DEFEND IT. IT WAS A GREAT EXPERIENCE TO SEE HOW THEY LIVED ON THE SHIP. THE SLEEPING QUARTERS (BERTHING) ARE TIGHT AND COLD AT ALL TIMES. YOU HAVE TO WEAR LAYERS TO SLEEP OR YOU WILL FREEZE. THE RESTROOM/SHOWERS (HEAD) ARE NOT CONNECTED TO THE SLEEPING QUARTERS SO YOU HAVE TO WALK DOWN HALLS TO GET THERE. THEY ARE NOT THE CLEANEST OF PLACES. IF YOU WERE TO BE ON THE SHIP FOR ANY PERIOD OF TIME YOU WOULD BE AS SKINNY AS A RAIL THE WAY YOU HAVE TO WALK UP AND DOWN STAIRS ALL THE TIME. JUST TO GO TO YOUR ROOM/AREA, I HAD TO WALK UP 3 FLIGHTS OF STAIRS. TO GET ANY WHERE YOU WALK UP AND DOWN TIGHT STAIR CASES. THE FOOD IS NOT VERY GOOD AND THEY SAID IT WAS GOOD COMPARED TO WHAT THEY HAD BEEN EATING. THIS IS A SHAME SINCE THEY ARE THERE SERVING OUR COUNTRY AND FIGHTING FOR OUR FREEDOMS WE HAVE HERE. THE AIR SHOW WE HAD WAS GREAT. I TOOK VIDEO OF SOME OF IT. I AM GOING TO POST IT ON HERE IF I FIGURE OUT HOW TO DO IT. I MADE A SLIDE SHOW OF SOME OF THE PICTURES I TOOK. TAKE A PEAK AND TELL ME WHAT YOU THINK. I WANT TO THANK CORD FOR HAVING ME ON THE SHIP AND GIVING ME AN EXPERIENCE OF A LIFETIME.

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1 comment:

Janet said...

That is an experience of a lifetime. Not many of us will ever experience first-hand how our soldiers live.