Time to Revisit the Stance on Women’s Service Aboard Subs?

by Tim Flanagan on September 28, 2009

Well I just got back on the boat from having a fantastic Mexican food dinner out in town with some of the crew. Although we were only out at sea for 8 days, site when you are underway it feels like a month. It’s nice to feel stable land beneath my feet and wear clothing that isn’t well…blue. lol There seems to be an energy surging through the boat. All of the crew members were anxious to get off the boat for some well deserved liberty even if it is only for the evening. Let me tell you, medical this is a hard working group of Coasties. It has been nice to see everyone let their hair down for a little bit and be a little bit more relaxed.

Good vibes here in Bellingham, stuff Wash.
I can’t believe my trip here with these guys is coming to an end tomorrow. It went by so fast and yet I feel like I have known them forever. That is one of the most important things I have learned while underway, is that everyone is like a family. They truly are. Everyone looks out for one another and when one is needing to be picked up, there is a ‘shipmate’ there to help. The camaraderie is great and it definitely is different on a boat.

I hope I was able to leave a good impression and I can’t wait to come back do this all over again with them. Well guys, I hope you had fun. Thanks for having me on board and allowing ‘the PA3′ to become a part of the Fir family. I look forward to going through 800 photos, writing a story and putting together a video so I can share with the rest of the Coast Guard and everyone else what it means to be on a buoy tender. ‘No bar too rough, too tough, too far!’

Oh, and for giggles, as a request from multiple members on the crew, including the XO…here is a picture of ‘Sway.’ From what I have been told she is quite the comical relief on the boat. Take a look at the photo and decide for yourself.
Fair winds and following seas guys.

-PA3 Molle

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