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Thursday, May 31st.
2100 (ZD +4)
Charlie Company:Training T5
South of Curacao
Sunny and warm again today with strong ESE trade winds. The ride got a little bumpy late this
morning. We changed course more towards the west in order to ease the ships motion a bit. Later this afternoon we changed back to the south to pass between Bonaire and Curacao. Right now we are headed due west keeping Curacao to our starboard side. We have about 10 hours before the pilot boards so we will be heading off to the NW end of the island and then swinging back to the SE during the night.
The past several days have been an extremely busy time for most everyone aboard. As a cadet, you had a bit of a break last Sunday with our holiday routine during a warm sunny day in the Caribbean enjoying London boil, burgers, and hot dogs on the fantail. Tuesday morning included a Fire and Boat drill as depicted in our pictures. But then on Wednesday, you had a room and personnel inspection where it was expected that the deck of your stateroom or berthing area would be waxed, and your uniform would meet regimental standards. Those in training were also treated with an Engineering Test for Training Day 7. This was Bravo Company. But on the same night, the Charlie Company upper class Deck students presented their Passage Plan for our Curacao arrival. This evening includes a port brief on Curacao for all hands. In other words, it’s going to be great to lie on a beach and relax in Curacao for several hours!!!
Tugs and pilots will arrive about 0800 tomorrow morning and we expect to be docked by about 0900. After all the preliminaries have been completed with the port officials, shore leave will be granted around 1100.