Wednesday, August 4, 2010

FLEET WEEK

Seafair's Fleet Week kicked off today with a huge parade of ships through Elliot Harbor here in Seattle. There were several different ships from both the U.S. Navy, the U.S. Coast Guard, and Canada floating out there for all of us to see - AND the good news is that they'll be here through the weekend!
The USS Green Bay

Can you spot the Green Bay decals?

Have you ever wondered what it's like to live aboard a huge Navy vessel, or what it would be like to serve your country? Even if you're just curious about what one of those big ships looks like on the inside, you're in luck! During Seafair's Fleet Week there will be free tours for the public where you'll be able to, FOR FREE, go on board and check things out. I was lucky enough to be on the USS Green Bay this morning and the awesome crew made us feel very welcome!


In front of the BIG SHIP!

I got to spend time with Commanding Officer, Kevin Meyers, who showed me the "pilot house" where they steer, drive, and navigate the ship from. He filled me in on all sorts of classified info like how they park such a big ship, how much a ship like the USS Green Bay would cost you (just in case you were in the market for one), and why the hallways in the ship were named things like: "Vince Lombardi Way", and "Bart Starr Avenue" - you know, all the important stuff! A huge shout out to CO Meyers who let me wear his special "Green Bay" jersey and even gave me a rare navy ball cap to keep - thanks for your hospitality!

The Captain & I


In the Captain's special jersey

Quite possibly the most intense moment of the morning was when I was "taught" how to properly stand at attention and salute. It's funny that they think I have discipline... I've been trying to lose 10lbs for almost a year ... I have NO discipline!

CLICK HERE to watch a clip of the drill sargent screaming at me - hilarious!

Also, a huge shout out to Pilot Seth McCullough who gave me an awesome tour of the "Frog" Helicopter and also sent me home with his "Call Badge" - I had a great time thanks!
"Frog" Helicopter

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