Wednesday, December 23, 2015

Captains Blog 12/23/2015

Follow The Voyage readers

Hi, I am Captain Tom Bushy, and I will be in command of the T.S. Kennedy during the Sea Term 2016.  I've been at MMA for 35 years, and this will be my 20th Sea Term voyage as Master.  Many, many other short voyages such as sea trials and Orientation Mini-Cruises are under my belt.

We're very excited about Sea Term 2016 – although very difficult to count, this voyage will celebrate MMA's 125th year as an institution of higher learning, dating from 1891 when the cadets first cruised aboard the U.S.S. Enterprise.  Our two FTV correspondents, 1/C Courtney Collins and 1/C Jillian Petrarca are prepared to provide insightful reports and photos from the decks of Kennedy, while Mrs. Meredith Emery handles the blog from Massachusetts – all under the watchful eye of Captain Elizabeth Stevenson, the Vice President of Enrollment Services – who will sail with us.

As most people are gearing up for a long Christmas to New Year's holiday, the ship's crew and first class cadets will be working aboard preparing the ship for the light-off of the boilers, activation of hotel services including the refrigeration plants and galley equipment, all taking place before December 31st.   Our entire focus is preparing for the arrival of nearly 600 cadets on 3 January, as well as the full crew of 90 men and women that will conduct safety training, educational lectures and operational services over the next few months.

The planned voyage is a busy one – anchor drills off Puerto Rico, delivery of humanitarian cargo in Haiti, Panama Canal transit and port visit, Equator crossing, port calls in Costa Rica, Aruba and Key West.  It will be a whirlwind voyage to be sure – probably punctuated with rough seas in the north, and delightful sunny days in the Caribbean and Pacific.

I'll be providing updates often, so Book Mark the FTV page, and visit us often!

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