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What a Week

Alrighty, This is to update the masses and give you a picture of the actions and observations for the last week.

Friday March 11, Started like any other day, it was Friday, so we were looking forward to the weekend, At 1400 we had command quarters to have the Commanding Officer talk to us about our progress during our overhaul period for the ship and where we are for man hours. Towards the end of the speach, the ship starting shaking, not so much a side to side as much as a jumping, or hopping action, a rumbling. The crew did not panic, we stood by, some confusion set in, what an emergency diesel engine being started? Why was the boat moving like that? Most of the crew was able to leave the ship after the quarters, I however, Had duty, I couldn't leave the ship. I proceeded to my workcenter, where the T.V had been turned to the news, they were showing that indeed, we had survived an earthquake and that a Tsunami warning was posted for the eastern Coast. Calls were attempted to the family, no such luck, phone lines were overloaded.

So, there I am sitting on the ship, worried about my family, wondering how my in-laws in Chiba were doing, attempts to making a completed phone call were fruitless. Panic and terror were feelings that quite a few people were feeling, I, included.

All eyes were firmly planted on the LCD Screen attached to the bulkhead in Flight Deck control, we were watching in astonishment when the 30ft tsunami hit Sendai, and immediately washed away the residences and businesses. We watched as most of you did in total horror the lives immediately changed forever, lives lost and families torn apart maybe forever. The amount of damage was surreal, sailors couldn't help to feel helpless and wonder if family members were involved in the destruction.

The entire evening was filled with emotion, sadness and for some loneliness and feelings of isolation.

Fortunately, phone lines came up and sailors were able to contact families and loved ones. We were however, not out of the woods.....

Fukashima Daichi Nuclear Power Plant!

My personal experience was limited to feeling the earthquake, it led to the inability to be able what was going to happen next, we are living moment by moment. Rolling blackouts were posted, but one could never know for certain if was going to happen or not, whether or not we would be affected.

The radiation scare! This by far was the biggest story. I will tell you this, if you don't respect a Japanese person now, you should rejudge why? The Fukashima 50, are my hero's. They are, the stories that are coming out or have been released are truly touching and quite heroic. Question is; Would you do what those gentleman are doing right now? Courage, do you have it? They should have shirts made!

We are still working through the mess, we are standing by for orders in case we need to leave. I know bits and pieces but not the whole story.

I hope my recollection of activities and actions bring a different light to it all.
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Hi. Thanks for sharing your story. It's great to hear from you again.

I can't imagine what you've been through.

Those of us who know you personally were very worried about you and your family in the days after. Mrs.tbrirdbrain let us know you were ok from your facebook posting; see this thread for details.

I'm so glad to hear that you're doing ok now, or at least as well as can be expected given the circumstances. Our thoughts and prayers remain with you, your family and all the service men and women over there.

Take care man!

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Thanks for the update and from a former BM3 Thank you for your service!!
Stay safe.

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Thanks for the update Roger. You had me worried when I didn't get a reply to the PM I sent you. Glad to hear your ok. Is your family all ok as well ? Be safe and send us a quick update now and then so we know how your all doing.

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New update.

We are underway. The radiation was higher than "Normal" however, nothing that would cause serious health issues. We have been washing down the ship and such.

The family is doing well, Kids went to school. Naoko assisted with the kids. Says it was a good day.

Nothing really much else going on, just waiting on word to go home.

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