As much as I love being at sea, I have to admit that at the five month mark, I'm getting tired.
We broke out the San Diego harbor chart yesterday to conduct an Officer of the Deck board - boards are rather like an inquisition, in which the CO, XO and Department Heads sit across from and quiz one or two candidates on their knowledge and skill sets regarding a specific job. In this case, it was for two young Officers who are now qualified to drive, navigate and in some cases, fight the ship. It was a good board, a little rough in some spots as they always are, but 90 minutes after they walked in, the two of them walked out a little more confident. And I was day dreaming about home.