My satellite connections were down most of yesterday, nothing related to operations, just a function of where we are in relation to the satellite. We shifted and are up on a better satellite now. Because I've gotten a few e-mail questions - we're nowhere near Japan and the tsunami was essentially blocked from our region by large shore areas, so we're completely unaffected. We won't be going to help because again, we're too far way. That, and there's a reason the ship is called a "Destroyer" and not something else - we're just not well equipped to do the sorts of things Japan will need. The Navy has ships staioned in Japan that are much closer and better equipped and who are either already there or on thier way.
I was always taught to respect the sea - it's an unforgiving medium and one that shouldn't be disregarded. I love the sea, but I don't much feel like sharing ocean pictures today, so you get a Bahraini kitty instead.