Anchors Aweigh – Part 2

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Anchors Aweigh – Part 2

DoD photo by Petty Officer 1st Class Richard J. Brunson, U.S. Navy. (Released)

U.S.N.S. Mercy (T-AH-19) – the first ship I set foot aboard after being hired by MSC-PAC (Military Sealift Command, Pacific) in Oakland, CA… The last ship I served aboard as a member of the crew was the  U. S. S. Tombigbee (AOG-11) when I was in the U.S. Navy from 1967 until the latter part of 1970…

It felt weird being back on a ship – and a huge ship at that compared to the one I served aboard when in the U. S. Navy…

The “welcome aboard” from the Chief Engineer was less than pleasant hearing him grumble something about headquarters sending him “old sailors” [It was 1988 and I would turn 40 in December; indeed an “old sailor”]

The cruise aboard the Mercy would be a short one – from the shipyard at Swan Island in Portland, OR to San Diego Naval Shipyard, CA and the last time I had been in San Diego was when I was in boot camp July 1967…

The “U.S.N.S.” stands for: United States Naval Ship, which are ships crewed by civilian mariners (CIVMARS) who are employed by the Department of Defense, Logistics branch…

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