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Out on the Ocean

(Athletics, The Cadet Experience, Class of 2015) Permanent link
Bilodeau Photo At the beginning of June we prepped for the incoming cadet candidates that the CGA Scholars (CGAS) cadre section was going to be responsible for starting in mid-July. Usually prep week is right before cadre, so we could only do so much to prepare early. Prep week mainly consisted of listening to trainings, developing our own methods for teaching the incoming trainees, and taking the PFE to make sure we were physically qualified cadre.


I also completed a weeklong classroom session called Rules of the Road (ROTR). From about 0800 to1600 we learned the rules in which sea-going vessels must abide. At the end of the week we took a test that you are required to pass with at least a ninety-percent. I studied very hard and passed on the first try, which is a great weight off my shoulders before heading into the 2/c academic year.


The following week was T-boats. A small group of about ten of my classmates was put on a T-boat with a supervising officer. I was on the T-boat named Respect. We learned how to recover a man overboard, anchor the vessel, and dock the vessel. We also learned the importance of following a checklist before getting underway. We worked in the simulators as well as the actual T-boats.


Coastal Sail Training Program (CSTP) was the final week of June. We had rotten weather for CSTP, and I was seasick in the beginning, but I thought it was a very worthwhile experience. I have lived on the water my entire life and I go power boating often, but the L-44s gave me a deeper appreciation for the ocean. The ports we sailed to in June consisted of Block Island, Martha’s Vineyard, Nantucket, and Hyannis. I went for a long run in almost every port in order to explore the area, and make a mental note to visit these incredible places again.


More about Christina.


A Summer of Fun and Learning

(The Cadet Experience, Class of 2016) Permanent link
Stowes Photo Having completed my third class summer training, I look back on it with satisfaction and excitement. I spent the past 11 weeks almost entirely underway.


On CGC Decisive, a 210-foot cutter out of Pascagoula, Mississippi, I spent the duration of my five weeks on board in the Gulf of Mexico near southern Texas. I had an absolutely amazing experience. Previously, the longest I had been underway was four days during my time on Eagle over Swab Summer. On Decisive, I spent 30 days underway. During that time, I was able to obtain a few qualifications and participate in several ship-board operations. For qualifications, I was able to complete Helm and Lookout, Quartermaster of the Watch, and I even made significant progress on my Damage Control packet. The Helm qualification is driving the ship using a steering wheel since 210’s do not have autopilot. In addition, the Lookout qualification involves standing watch on top of the cutter looking out for other vessels, aircraft, signs of danger, and wildlife. The Quartermaster of the Watch (QMOW) was my favorite qualification. While standing QMOW, I was responsible for maintaining the ships logs, making announcements, answering the phone on the bridge, plotting the ship position, and offering recommendations for course and speed to the navigator. I thoroughly enjoyed standing all of my watches, even despite the fact that for the majority of the time underway, I stood watch from 4-8 in the morning and 4-8 in the evening.


Decisive was a lot of fun because I got to participate in all of the ship’s operations. The most exciting operations I was a part of were: a gun shoot where I got to shoot a 50. cal, helo operations where I got to run underneath the helo’s blades and tie it down to the ship, and also small boat operations where I got to pull up a two mile long fishing line! Decisive was a fun learning experience that I will not soon forget.


After my time on Decisive, I spent the following six weeks on Eagle. What an experience! I did not think that I would like Eagle as much as I did. However, by the end of the six weeks, I was very happy to have been onboard. Our phase sailed from St. Petersburg, Florida to Mayport, Florida. Then, we sailed to Bermuda, up to St. Pierre (a French island near Canada), then to Halifax, Nova Scotia, and finally to Boston.


A Summer of Fun and Learning (Continued) PDF Icon  



More about Hunter.