At the time this blog is posted, most people in the United States are busy readying themselves for a well-deserved evening of revelry ringing in the New Year.
They are free to do so, in large part, because of our U.S. Navy Sailors around the world. Ensign Brett Beeson (left), Ensign Holland McCabe (middle), and Quartermaster Seaman Katelyn Coughlin (right) pictured below are among them.
They’re serving aboard the Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Curtis Wilbur (DDG 54), which has already crossed into 2016. They contributed to the ship’s midnight deck log entry while on patrol in the 7th Fleet area of responsibility in support of security and stability in the Indo-Asia-Pacific region.
USS Curtis Wilbur New Year’s Midnight Log Entry
Far out to sea, lights shine a dim red
On the bridge of CURTIS WILBUR, few words were said.
Back at home, you may dream peacefully in your bed
While we stand the watch, so have neither fear nor dread.
The conversations are small as the contacts are few.
Watchstanders talk of past ports for others to review.
Few MOBOARDS, few contacts, few things for the OOD to call
The TAO, the Navigator, or the Captain about at all.
In Twenty Fifteen,
Warship Five Four has seen
Everything across the WESTPAC,
From Guam, to Thailand, to Sasebo, and back.
The crew now stands ready, eager and keen
To see what is in store for Twenty Sixteen.
The messdecks were loud,
Full of karaoke and cheer,
The vending machine line, miraculously clear.
Who would qualify first
And become the next SWO?
And ESWS loomed too,
There’s just no way to know.
Ice cream abounded, both strawberry and vanilla,
As all sat around, dreaming of their villa.
It’s New Year’s Day, haze grey and underway
Here, we set darken ship
No white lights topside, no flags at the dip.
“Energize navigation lights,” we hear the OOD say.
Underway as before, another fine Navy day.
MOD Z set main deck and below,
Status of engineering, here’s what we know:
As 2B GTM is rockin’ and rollin’,
The Navigator exclaims, “Drive it like it’s stolen!”
#1 and #2 GTGs are running in parallel,
#3 is broken, but we cannot tell.
#1, 3 and 4 A/C’s are running along,
But it’s as hot as can be, tell me I’m wrong!
#1 and #2 sea water pumps running, don’t forget #3 and #4,
If you don’t like our setup, we’ll show you the door.
#1 and #6 fire pumps, we’ve got those too,
The Steel Hammer is ready, both the ship and its crew.