>MUNRO Ship’s Journal – CAPT Lloyd, Commanding Officer

>Another Saturday Night…

Aboard MUNRO (and many other Coast Guard ships at sea) there are a few traditions including certain meals on certain days. Saturday night means pizza night. The cooks prepare the crusts then each week different groups take turns preparing the pizzas, serving, and cleaning up (under the supervision of our Food Service Specialists (FSs). Last night, it was the officers' turn in the galley. XO was working the deep sink washing pots and pans, CWO Rosenberg and one of our TAD pilots ran the ovens, while the junior officers did the assembly. I joined the EO and AEO on the serving line and our Supply Officer, LTJG Hudak was mastering the Scullery where all the plates, cups, and silverware are washed then returned to the Mess Deck. In warmer climates, the scullery is a very warm place to work.

After we cleaned up, GM1 Ray Surita, our morale committee president, worked with our morale committee and other volunteers to turn our Mess Deck into a Casino. Their goal was to entertain the crew with a variety of games and frozen drinks (pina coladas, daiquiris, all without the alcohol of course). There are prizes for the winners and we have a cashier who sells our play money. The proceeds benefit the Morale Fund and are used to defray the costs of the supplies.

Weather has been pretty unpleasant the last 24 hours with pretty lousy sleeping conditions last night. When the low pressure systems move into the Bering, they draw cold air down from the polar regions. This moves the ice edge south at a high rate. Plus, if the weather system 'bumps' up against a high pressure area, then we get high winds. This is what we are encountering and it's not fun. Winds last night were gusting above 50 knots and the air temperature was around ten degrees. We couldn't figure out what the wind chill was outside because our chart only goes to minus 35 and we were off the chart. We secured the weather decks and no one was allowed outside. Plus, when we get spray from the waves and it lands on the ship, it turns to ice. In order to minimize the ice forming we maintain a slow speed. If we have a SAR case or have to be someplace, it may mean stopping once in a while for the crew to get baseball bats and rubber sledge hammers and go out and break ice off the ship. Our course and slow speed is preventing ice building so we are in good shape for the moment and the fisherman are being safe with no rescue calls. It's a good thing it's Sunday as I suspect there will be a lot of tired people who need to sleep. Once we get daylight, we'll look at options for a better ride and continue to study the weather forecasts to put the ship in the safest spot and best position us for business when the weather breaks.