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Thursday, June 28th
2100 (ZD +4)
Alpha Company:Training T10
AT SEA – HOMEWARD BOUND
We are currently rounding Georges Bank and heading into the Gulf of Maine. We have plenty of time to reach our immediate destination of Matinicus early Saturday morning to pick up the pilot to take us up to Searsport. Today was the last day of “Training” in that the engineers completed the 4/C Flashlight Exams, and the deck students, completed their last “Extraction”; but the training cruise is far from over. The tasks at hand are preparing for the Parent’s Cruise, while also preparing to dock in Castine. Planning for the off-load of equipment and stores is a big part of what has to happen to complete the cruise. But at this time, I would like to share with our followers President Brennan’s letter to the Training Ship STATE OF MAINE and the friends of the Academy.
June 28, 2012
As the T/S STATE OF MAINE enters the waters off the Coast of New England on her final leg of Cruise 2012, I am pleased to have the chance to offer both my thanks and my congratulations to my shipmates and to tell parents, alumni and friends of the Maine Maritime Academy what a wonderful college this is.
I have been aboard the ship now for two weeks and it has given me the opportunity to get to meet or to know better many students, ship’s crew and training staff. I’m even more convinced now of the value of Maine Maritime Academy’s Hands On approach to learning. As if to underscore that point, whilst in the middle of writing this, a fire and lifeboat drill was announced. I want to thank the ships officers and crew under the leadership of Captain Les Eadie and Chief Roger Lowell, the deck and engine training staff under the leadership of Adam Slazas and Mark Libby, the regimental staff under the leadership of Commandant Jeff Loustaunau, and the dining services department under the leadership of Chief Steward Alana Dolloff for all their good work and for the spirit of service and commitment that exists aboard this ship.
To our students, I want to say congratulations on a job well done. This cruise represents another important milestone towards successful completion of your studies. There have been many challenges, but you complete this cruise with a greater sense of responsibility, knowing what hard work means and, importantly, knowing that there are real consequences for your actions – both positive and negative. It has been a pleasure for me to be aboard and to see in your faces that you know the measure and value of success and I want to thank you for the camaraderie and for the courtesies you have extended to me.
To those of you for whom this cruise was the last assignment and who now will leave us to begin your careers, I wish you much success. Maine Maritime Academy has given you all that you asked of it – it has given you an education and it has provided you with the tools necessary to succeed in your careers and, hopefully, in your lives. As you join the ranks of the Maine Maritime Academy Alumni, please remember that the value of the credentials you receive from MMA is in the reputation of the institution and its graduates. And so, please uphold that reputation and please remember to give back to the place that has given you so much.
To all the parents, alumni and friends who have followed the progress of the 2012 State of Maine Training Cruise, thank you for your encouragement – it has meant a lot to everyone on board and your support means much to the success of Maine Maritime Academy. I look forward to meeting many of you in Searsport on Saturday as we rendezvous for the final leg to Castine. And to all of you I have yet to meet, I look forward to doing so in the months ahead.