All the naval training was excellent. It included such things as firefighting and flood control, refueling other ships while at sea, specialized trades training and emergency procedures such as man overboard and abandon ship drills. Thankfully in my time in the navy, we only had one man overboard for real. It took us a couple of hours, but we found him alive.
What we did on ship is practice life raft drill, where the general alarm Is sounded and all hands are mustered at their life raft stations. This drill is done without warning at any time of day or night, especially during work ups. This is also what we did if the man overboard alarm was sounded. It's the best way of counting the crew to determine who's missing.
Last edited by scifan57; 04-14-2013 at 12:08 AM.
Just remembered another one. I was in Dover for the weekend a few years ago with not much to do, so I went for a walk along the seafront. I heard the hovercraft coming in. That thing has four Boeing engines sitting on top, and the noise is earth-shattering. "I have to have a ride on that" I thought. So I bought a ticket, and did a round trip to France. Good experience. Those hovercrafts were coming to the end of their working lives, and now I live far away from them, so I'll never get the chance again.
I also went on the hovercraft at Dover on a school trip, it was a little rough, not enough to stop it running but boy, a hovercraft when it's rough is no fun at all!
I'm taking a ferry a few times of the year across Lake Neusiedl, had a few boat trips "around" the lake.
Also had 2 or 3 boat trips on the Danube river, especially through Wachau valley.
It's nothing, compared to the other posts, but since everything is allowed, I thought I might add this one.
Last edited by J. A.; 04-14-2013 at 08:50 AM.
"Riches can be lost, but happiness in your heart can only be veiled, and it will still bring happiness again, as long as you live." Anne Frank
My best ride was in a 50 sail craft that my friend built.We met up on Quadra Island and sailed north to Desolation Sound.It was Sept and everyone else was headed south. we had the whole place to our selves for 10 days.
We've had sail boats since the 80's, now have a motor cruiser. I like anything nautical.
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