The last two weeks we were on the USCGC Healy we went underway twice for about five days each. It was a great experience and we learned a lot about the crew, Healy’s missions, and what life would be like on an icebreaker. The whole time we were underway we tried getting our qualifications and sign-offs completed. It was time for Healy to do underway drills, such as fire, flooding, man overboard, and abandon ship drills. We participated in some of the drills and shadowed the crew to learn the initial response for each situation. Sometimes the drills seemed monotonous but it is better to be safe and learn how to handle serious emergencies early. We moored in the beautiful city of Victoria, British Colombia where we caught our plane the next morning to head to Eagle.
Arriving in Baltimore, we reported to Eagle mid-June and started our journey throughout the northeast. It was so nice seeing many of my friends and classmates after six weeks. Underway on Eagle for the first 10 days was tiring but I certainly learned a lot. The group of 3/c that I was with as a division was a great group; we bonded well, taught each other random knowledge, and helped each other stay focused.
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