So while on our trip to New Orleans, Mom and I took a tour of the USS de Wert. IT.WAS.SO.COOL. I have been on military ships before, but maybe I was too young to appreciate them? I'm not sure why, but I fully appreciated the ship, crew and their missions this time. we had a small little group tour the ship with us, so I got to ask lots of questions! Haha. Frank and Lupe were our guides and they were awesome. Both are active NAVY members on the USS de Wert.
Here are just some of the pictures I took and a little explanation about each:
|Crew members talking at the back of the boat.|
|The is the bell for the ship. They use it when there is dense fog. If you are a crew member, you can have your baby baptized in the bell on the ship! The names and birthdates of all the babies are inscribed on the inside of the bell. COOL!|
|A .50 cal machine gun. How can you look at this and not think of Cuba Gooding, Jr. in Pearl Harbor? (You know when he jumps on this guns and defends the ship for the captain!?)|
|Looking up at Sea Whiz.|
- There are about 200 crew members on the ship.
- There is always a watch crew on duty, whether at sea or port. When the ship is docked, they have rotating shifts. Those on "liberty" are free to leave the ship and visit the city. Then there are those that are required to stay and man the ship.
- I asked Lupe about uniform selections. Ladies, you'll be happy to know there are plenty of uniform options!
- Frank and Lupe told us the story of the Montecristo Italian ship that was hijacked by pirates. The USS de Wert rescued that ship! This happened in 2000 and you could tell they were so proud of their accomplishment. That was their contribution to a peaceful society. How awesome! Read the CNN story here.
- Can travel 30-plus knots and the "plus" part is classified.
- Can house 2 helicopters.
|Mom and I at the front of the ship.|