The life of an operationally deployed Sailor is typically built on the back of 12 -to-16 hour workdays that are filled with watches and various professional duties. Indeed there are challenges that need to be met at-sea, however, there is a place in each Sailor’s day for some well-deserved downtime. In this blog we look at a day in the life of USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN 72) Sailor Dagan Alexander, from St. Augustine, Fla. Dagan works in the ship’s Navigation department as a helmsman which makes him part of a team responsible for “driving” Lincoln across the seven seas. This group of images represent a sample of a “normal” day at sea for Dagan aboard the aircraft carrier Lincoln … or, at least as normal as can be.
“Being up here on the O-10, you get the best view. You get to see out as far as your eye lets you. You get a good breeze, constant sunlight; it’s the best place to be to just unwind.”
“I joined the Navy to help take care of my family. I enjoy what I do, and I have learned a lot while I have been here.”
“The ship couldn’t do what it does without the Navigation department. It feels great to know that I play a crucial role in the ship’s overall mission. I love navigation, being able to plot on a chart or on a map. It is a great thing to learn and remember forever.”
“Exercising is a great way to stay healthy and to pass the time. It helps clear my mind. I like to take care of my body, mind and soul.”
“Reading is a great way for me to pass the time. Other than working out, it’s really relaxing for me. It’s a great way for me to escape the ship or any stressful situation. I can just bury myself into a book.”
“Watching the sunset is my favorite part of being on the ship. No matter where I am, I can watch the sunset and be reminded of home. Every day there is a new sunset. It’s just a great way to end the day.”