Join The Navy Ch 6That afternoon, we stayed in the aquatics facility and continued training. Instead of enduring the decompression chamber, which had been proven redundant for the two of us, it was time to train with the rebreather apparatus.
I had a tough time with this device that resembled a harmonica. Shelly had to give me air a few times, though it was good training.
If I took nothing else from the training, it was this. I need a mermaid to breathe underwater, end of discussion. Apparently, I had forgotten that part of life.
The last part of our training involved the tower of acrylic plastic that occupied much of the deep water training area. Jenson had set up the tour of the facility that apparently was an underwater maze and had several routes to the waterfall at the top but only one really correct path. To make it more interesting, Jenson had put together a scavenger hunt of sorts, and she gave us a laminated piece of paper that had the order to find th
Join The Navy Ch 5Strangely, we were able to rush through most of their tasks rather quickly. The first dozen were obnoxiously basic, considering that they failed to overlook that Shelly had been swimming all of her life.
Finally, after about ten minutes of skipping past the basics, we made it to task thirty. Opening and draining an airlock.
Mason was standing along the bottom as Shelly and I stood nearby. Coming around a series of acrylic dividers, we came to a part of the pool that appeared to be normally cordened off, as there were a series of iron gates that had been opened. Though it was dark, it wasn’t as dark as I had expected, and I was able to make out everything.
“Through these gates, the navy has a replica airlock. It is very similar to one aboard a Nimitz class submarine. It is a standard airlock system.”
Shelly swam into the enclosure. “There’s more down here.”
“For now, let’s just focus on the
Join The Navy Ch 4The afternoon passed by fairly quickly. We were asked to march in line, give a proper salute, and basically perform everything that was requested of us in the lecture. It took a few tries, but my cub scout training back in the day helped me through it. Shelly took to the training, just like everything she does, like a fish to water. Maybe she thought it was a game, but by four o’clock we had it down pat.
They gave us a break after that, allowing me to get in a nap. Shelly and I were exhausted from the training, even though the physical stuff was yet to come.
As the sun set across the ocean to our west, we had a lighter meal for dinner. Then, as a surprise, Evening Briefing meant something else entirely.
Sargeant Ravelle was wearing causual clothing as she came to my door. “Evening.”
“Evening,” I replied.
“Have you and Miss Starsetter been to San Diego before?”
I shook my head. “Nope.”
Join The Navy Ch 3The briefing took place in a meeting hall that felt like it had been built in the fifties. It was a short walk from the barracks, though on a morning like today I might not have minded a longer walk.
Inside, the room was sparsely decorated aside from an American flag in the one corner and a Navy insignia flag in the other. It felt much like a classroom in here. There was even an old school chalkboard. Plain white walls, plain white tables, plain white floors and an open rafter ceiling. The room was airy and had a fresh sea breeze, but since we were about two hundred yards from the bay, that wasn’t a surprise.
Shelly was in a good mood. Maybe being this close to the sea invigorated her, especially since we had left home and it was in the seventies outside - easily a ninety degree difference in temperature. Even in the heavy dress uniforms we were wearing - they were made of wool, after all - I still felt better than I might’ve
Join The Navy Ch 2Honestly, that meal was the best all year - all of 2013 included. But, as it happened, we were again scrambling to get packed for the afternoon escapade to the airport. I tipped the valet driver a few bucks, but wondered why he had left the change in my cup holder and taken the Immodium pill instead. Weird. Must've had something to do with last night? Oh well, I guess that was one mystery to remain unsolved.
Shelly was so brilliant - she’d never let me go into the ocean without her, and maybe I felt more confident about the mission because of it. There were two things I never much cared for - heights and claustrophobia - and the pressurized hull of a submarine sounded like among the more tighter places one could get stuck inside of. Though I’ve always loved the sea and its exploration, the silent service was one way to see it that I knew I’d never really be comfortable in. Submarines are tight places, surrounded by great
Join The Navy Ch 1Winter Side Story A:
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After a well earned, quiet holiday season, the three of us had settled into what was, without a doubt, the most winter like winter we’d have since… well, last winter.
I honestly have no other way to say it. We had just gone through late season snows, snowfall in July, sub freezing temperatures… and now, that was the same crap we’d gone through for the past few weeks.
And it was only now new years eve. Four feet of snow coated the patio outside the back window. The thermometer was frozen to the windowsill, scraping the bottom of the bulb at -10. Though I had never had to use 3M’s window treatment, this year was the first time I used the plastic window seals to ensure that no cold air entered at all, making sure my heating costs were ideal and my roomates were happy.
Well, Michelle had been happy when she came back from California for the holidays.
Moroccan Rhapsody Ch 13 FinalSummer drove us up to the guard station just as twilight set in. The guard motioned us on through, and mentioned something about us being back early. Perhaps the Shah hadn't expected us to return quite so soon.
Once the majority of them had gone inside, I stayed with Summer for a moment and pretended to drive her to a parking area before changing her back into herself. The two of us then met the servant out front, who showed us to the others.
Inside the palace, we were again brought into the ballroom where we had met with him previously. Now at night, the view from the ballroom down to the waterfront was incredible. It seemed like all of Casablanca could be seen to the east.
"Are you all here? Lovely!" The Shah entered from the far room. "I must say you are back sooner than I expected!"
I stepped forward and gave a bow. "We're efficiant when it comes to keeping promises, Your Grace." I turned towards Jeanette, who had the astr
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