Sunday, January 9, 2011

FTV 1/9/11

Good evening everyone,

       As I write this the Kennedy is sailing off the shores of Newport,
RI. There was a huge turnout today as all the families that could make it
came to see their sons or daughters depart Buzzards Bay. The ship set
sail around 1230 and has been performing some casual rolling ever since.
It's pleasurable to know that we are making headway, and actually moving
after a week alongside. Everyone is finding their sea legs this afternoon
and breathing in the sea air.

Tonight at 1900 the holds are going to be inspected by the senior
staff. Everyone is doing their part to clean, making sure their stuff
is off the deck and their racks are tight.  The licensed major cadets
(marine engine and marine transportation) are looking forward to
going into their training and classes tomorrow, and the training
rates for each of the non license majors (Marine Safety Environmental
Protection, Emergency management, and International Maritime
Business) prepare to train the 4/c cadets with some of the knowledge
that they have learned throughout their time at MMA

The admissions department has left Josh and me with some fancy new
cameras and recording devices.  I will be going around the ship
tomorrow and taking pictures and videos of everyone in action as they
go about their duties on board.

Today's Questions:

1. What 3 states occupy the Delmarva Peninsula?

2. The Kennedy will pass through the Graveyard of the Atlantic overnight. Where is this area located and how many ships has it claimed in the past 500 years?

3. The Kennedy has travelled roughly 285 miles in the last 26 hours. Calculate their average speed.

1/c Nicholas Lauria and 3/c Joshua Lamm
FTV coordinators

Captain's Blog 1/9/11

The T.S. Kennedy got underway at 1235 on Sunday, 9 January 2011, sailing with 596 cadets and 98 crew members. The weather was clear after an overnight snow, where about four inches of fluff covered the lawns, the wind was moderate, coming in between 17-22 from the northwest. The Pilots from Northeast Marine Pilots were Captain Clint Walker (MMA '86), Pilot Observer Captain Sean Bogus (MMA '99), and Pilot trainee Pat Donovan (MMA '03). The tugs were provided by Canal Towing and Assist, Captain Arthur Fournier.

Our movement out of the slip went very well. The favorable wind leaving the slip did not affect us once it became an unfavorable wind in the canal. The voyage down Buzzards Bay was uneventful as the cadets became acclimated to the bridge and engine room in full-function. On the bridge there as was a great deal of activity amongst the new officers to make sure they were familiar with the new equipment - especially the new Raytheon Steering System.

Getting away on time every year is the primary focus, since any delays may affect the training cruise schedule including ports and home arrival. Doing so is a small celebration among the ship's permanent crew. Chief Engineer Laffan and Chief Mate Ford lead their department members in a very fast-paced activation. Matt O'Donnell from Marad worked tirelessly, and we had some useful assistance from Tom Bardwell of Bardwell Electronics and Combustion control consultant Danko Dorcic.