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02 Aug 2013
After retching due to cleaning the bottom of the fridge in the deep cleaning session I did yesterday afternoon instead of this morning, I earned my place on the tour of the US navy ship that is in port at the moment. Alice had to clean 6-8.30ish (and sneak off for the last half hour), and meet us on the pier. The rest of us met at Hogs Breath, but Josh lead us in the opposite direction to the way I thought he would, so I had to phone Alice and redirect her, so me and her were a couple of minutes late. Fernando and Dane had to turn back because they had to have I.D. to be allowed through the gates and onto the ship. The guide took us to the steering wheel, where me, Alice and Aaron all got photos pretending we were driving the boat. He then took us to one of the decks, which had some pretty nice views of Cairns, and another one which had two helicopters and weapons on, although the boat was primarily a communications boat, which would be third in line behind the attacking boat (which would obviously have more weapons on board) and another one which I can't remember. The boat had been in the Vietnam War, Korean War and another one which I can't remember. Before leaving, Allen had told us to ask interesting questions, and not questions everybody would ask, so I think Grace (Josh's sister) was a bit embarrassed when she asked for a photo with the Navy man, but I'm glad she did so me and Alice could get a snap with him.
The second half of the line couldn't keep up with the rest of the tour, as they darted in and out of the doors (everywhere was grey and looked the same), and one of the chefs decided to commandeer the rest of the tour to look round the kitchen (very similar to the work one, with music blaring out at the same sort of high volume) and the dining room. I was impressed to see the padded chairs looking very comfy, with silver cutlery laid out on the tables. This is the first point at which I decided my future career would be in a navy- perhaps they needed waitresses? I liked the idea you get paid to go and visit loads of different cities, and apparently the crew sleep in rooms with 100 beds in- laid out in 3 berths like on the Indian sleeper trains- so it's like a floating hostel.