Tuesday, February 15, 2011

Captain's Blog 2/15/11

Steaming on a course of 319 true at 17 nozzles, we are clicking off nearly 17 nautical miles every hour. Our track is taking us well to the west as we try to avoid deep low that is coming off the Carolina today. As I write a little late today, the wind has backed around a little, coming more from the north than yesterday's easterlies. The skies are partly cloudy and the temperatures are still in the 70's.

Not a lot going on, as we are in the 11th cycle of the 12 cycles of training. The Mate has teams of deck cadets out and about the ship finishing up painting projects. Yesterday morning we stopped off San Juan to try and re-align the bow thruster controller. The project required extensive testing that might have been problematic at the dock. But the engineering team pulled out the rabbit in the hat, and the thruster worked normally during tests. By 1400 we were on our way.

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