Saturday, May 24, 2008

I'm Back :)

Well, it's been awhile since I've been able to post to my blog. I've been able to keep up with others for the most part, but I apologize for the lack of comments recently. When I'm underway, our connectivity is slow and I don't usually have a lot of time for personal web browsing. I was glad to hear that Heather received her squares in a timely fashion. I finished them right before I left to meet up with my ship in FL and had DH drop them off at the post office. Heather and I were partnered up for the Fourth of July holiday round, so I found lots of patriotic goodies for her as well ... some fabric, a few spools of flag ribbon, a Bent Creek pattern and Weeks Dye Works floss called Independence. It was a lot of fun looking for the extra goodies. Here's the whole kit and caboodle and then a picture of the squares themselves. I'm so glad you like them, Heather :)

So what have I been up to while I was gone? My ship was out doing operations with the other ships that will deploy with us as well as the MEU (Marine Expeditionary Unit) that will embark. Our strike group consists of a large deck amphib (my ship), two other amphibs, two destroyers and a cruiser (oh and there will be a sub that's nominally attached to us). During the past three weeks we did various formations with the other ships and anchored often to do operations with the Marines. We embarked about 2000 Marines on board my ship, both ground troups and the ACE (air combat element). To put the number in perspective, we have about 1100 Sailors permanently attached to my ship. Bringing the Marines on board fills us up to capacity. We did a lot of flight operations for the ACE to get their carrier quals and do some missions as well. The past three weeks were dress rehearsals for when we embark the Marines for deployment later this year. Here are some pics from the last few weeks.

One of the destroyers coming alongside for underway replenishment practice

The "bone yard" - all the ACE's aircraft, CH-46's taking off

Swim call from the stern gate

The best part was coming home yesterday. Our ship organized a family day cruise so our families came out to meet the ship in LCUs (landing craft utility). I spent the day showing my parents, FIL and SIL around the ship. I took them to engineering, the flight deck, my stateroom, the wardroom, the bridge and other various places. We enjoyed the wonderful weather that we were blessed with coming in. Here's one of my favorite pics of the day - me and my mom on the 07 level.

Hope you all have a relaxing Memorial Day weekend. Please remember all those that are serving and have served in the Armed Forces (both in the US and wherever you may be from) this weekend. I'm going to enjoy spending time with my family. Happy Stitching!


Laurel's stitching said...

Is your ship going up to New York for Fleet Week? When is your next tour? Would love to have your addy when you go on tour so I can send you some goodies! huggers Laurel

staci said...

Wonderful pics...hope you are enjoying your well-deserved family time.

Love your F&S, great job!

Sharon said...

Welcome back! Your squares are pretty. Great pictures-I bet it was great getting some family time.

Sonda in OR said...

Welcome back! And THANKS for serving. My Grampa was in the Navy during Korea and my dad was in the Marines at the end of Vietnam and then in the Coast Guard.

Enjoy your time back home and keep us all updated (whenever you can)!

Barbara said...

My step brother and BIL were both in the Navy, so it's pretty interesting seeing these huge ships.

Great FS squares! :D

Laurel's stitching said...

ohionavymom at yahoo dot com

He is on the USS MONTEREY (CG 61

mymarkdesigns said...

Thank you for sharing these pictures... I can't imagine a life on board a ship. I recently saw bits of the PBS show "Carrier" and I don't know how real that was, but I certainly prefer to keep my feet on the ground :) How long do you go out for at a time? Is your DH on the same ship? You better just email me when you get a chance LOL!