The Navy was not all fun and games. Official orders to report for Sea Duty carried the note that the duty was considered arduous, meaning the Sailor could expect to be deployed away from home base for any length of time, and as often as deemed necessary by the Navy.
This was no surprise to the Sailor, especially one coming off of a cushy shore duty job in, say, Hawaii or San Diego (I know, right?). Shore duty consisted of sleeping in the barracks or at home every night, pulling 48-hour duty one weekend a month, and 24-hour duty every fourth or sixth day rather than duty every other day, and working 8-hour shifts rather than 14. Shore duty was like being in the Air Force!
So, after I completed my initial specialty training in aircraft structural repair in the lovely oasis of Millington, Tennessee, and aircraft specific training on the P-3 Orion in Jacksonville, Florida, I received official sea duty orders to NAS Brunswick, Maine. ROCK ON! I loved Maine, though I had never been there. One of the books I read as a kid described the “rocky coast of Maine.” I fell in love from the pictures in the book.
Soon after I arrived at my squadron in Maine, we received deployment orders, arduous duty of course, to…………..Bermuda.
Man, was it arduous.
To be continued 🙂