It took a little longer to get back into blogging than I planned, but I’ve made it to the ship. And, after just two days of turnover and another five of peeling the onion to identify the problems, it’s clear I’m in for a busy tour.
The trip to Japan ended up going fairly smoothly. Except for the part where CINCHOUSE and I had to get three cranky boys and ten bags through immigration and customs and to another terminal to get a connecting flight within Japan. Oh, and kid #2 got sick and I got a nice case of pink eye and some kind of virus.
Once in Japan, I had one day with the family to get some key things done before flying out to the Gulf of Thailand to meet the ship. We got done what we needed to, though, and the family will only have to stay in transient housing – basically a hotel – for about two weeks.
Thailand was an experience all by itself. I’ve been an Atlantic Fleet Sailor my whole career, so this is my first real tour in the Far East. I went to Okinawa for a couple of weeks back in the late ‘90s while I was a reservist, but I know now that didn’t paint the whole picture. I’ll go into that in more detail soon.