What a night! We had a draw and Eoin was chosen to throw the first pitch at the Blue Wahoo game versus the Chattanooga Lookouts. He was representing the National Flight Academy.
Vice Admiral Hoewing (Retired), Vice Admiral Architzel, Captain Kevin Miller, Chip Yarborough, Maeve Clancy, Kate Murray, Paddy Clancy and the Aviators of the Future from Galway Education Centre, Ireland.
Relive the adventure! All hands!
Today at 10:30 AM, the cruise liner Tropicale crashed into an oil tanker called Gulf Sunset on the gulf of Mexico. This triggered an alarm in Ambition in which all AXP’s ran to their battle stations to try and respond to this terrible disaster.
Although, it was a simulation it felt so real being involved in this disaster. The situation escalated when we found out that OPSO O’Rear’s parents were in the cruise ship when it was hit so emotions were running high.
We continually attempted to put out the fires that had risen from the debris that was left. We used WASPs (Water Activated Support package) which are really just baking powder. We also had to try to retrieve people from the choppy waters below as a low pressure anti-cyclone moved in from the west. It was very exciting but also very nerve-racking as we tried to save 2317 passengers from the two ships.
Eventually after 10 hours of hard work, we managed to recover all passengers. Only a few were seriously injured after some dodgy piloting by our Irish AXP’s (you know who you are). As we watched the final evening entertainment provided by the AXP’s who had lost their bags and had to dance to get them back (Irish included), we reminisced about the amazing week we have had here.
All the staff here have been so good to us, and so patient with our “translations” all week. All of our chiefs from the two squadrons, Chief Kerrigan (of Irish descent), Chief Thompson and Chief King have been wonderful and have kept spirits high the whole week. OPSO O’Rear and IO Laton have been fantastic giving us the skills needed to prepare for and complete our missions. We have successfully rocked the JOC every day and have flown brilliantly with the help of everyone here.
This was an experience none of us will ever forget and the friendships we have made here will last a lifetime. In my opinion, the friendships we have formed are the thing I will take away from this trip the most. And I think every other Irish AXP will say the same.
Today we had an opportunity to visit the Pensacola Lighthouse Museum. You can read about it here: http://www.pensacolalighthouse.org/
We took some great photos both on the way up the 177 steps and of the beautiful view from the top.
Check out the Rescue Swimmer School here; http://www.netc.navy.mil/nascweb/aeats/arss/arss.htm
Shore Excursion: Land Survival School with Master Chief Mark Curley
Warning, men and women of a nervous disposition, with a heart and or soul defect should not look directly into the eyes of Rick Astley, as these images are not suitable for television broadcast in 191 countries, or indeed gazing upon in general! This blog contains uncensored exposure to the one hit wonder, which may cause irreparable harm to the innocence of young children.
Yesterday in Pensacola a young group of AXPs ageing from 12 to 14 to the barbaric and macabre act of “rick rolling”. At approximately 21:17 yesterday evening, a shroud of terror fell upon Pensacola’s white sands. A rendition of Rick Astley’s “Never gonna give you up” could be heard o’er the comms; the very same felicitly genial bars that have plunged millions of innocent YouTubers into delirium. For the fortunate few of you who are not familiar with “Rick Rolling”, it is a form of cheap humour for a sadistic few over YouTube. It entails oneself being subjected to the horror that is Mr Astley at climatical moments during their favourite YouTube videos. The control group aboard Ambition, successfully preformed a ‘Rickroll’ on those in the cockpits under the guidance of OPSO O’ Rear.
Over the last two days, this was just one of the many incidents which successfully shattered the monochrome monotony of foreign acronyms and a tight schedule. But life aboard the ambition, especially these last two days, have been far from that! This is because it has been these last two days that have allowed our group to fully acclimatise to everything American; from the N.F.A. experience, to their world renowned southern hospitality. Acronyms such as J.I.C and J.O.C., which were once so alien to us, have become second nature recently. We hope that these feelings of familiarity are mutual among our American piers.
These last two days have been exciting and eventful to say the least! Apart from rockin’ the J.O.C., the last two days have included watching the world famous “Blue Angels” in the N.F.A.’s air field, and even attempting some (we’ll admit rather sketchy) formation flying of our own in the simulators. As we have been settling in, it has been becoming possible to attempt more and more elaborate forms of flight. The air rally we took part in over Tampa Bay was the most intricate to date. This air race stands as a testament to the opportunity the N.F.A. has given us to accelerate our learning curves; especially concerning the S.T.E.M. program. Though tomorrow will be our last full day aboard Ambition, we are sure that all that we have and will learn in the N.F.A. will have lasting effects on everyone attending it…
Enjoy our photos from the Blue Angels Practice at NAS Pensacola.
Visit http://www.historicpensacola.org/ to learn more about historic Pensacola. What a fantastic way to spend an afternoon!
St. Michael’s Church. Learn more about their cemetery restoration project here; http://www.stmichaelscemetery.org
Check out the National Flight Academy on Facebook here; http://www.facebook.com/NationalFlightAcademy
Like the page and you can see daily photos from Ambition. Here are some photos of the Aviator of the Future Ambassadors from Day 2. Enjoy!