Only in Chile…
…would 3 American women end up aboard a US Navy ship.
Our officer-friends, Pete and Michael, gave us a tour of a their ship, the USS Underwood. This was not your boring 5th grade field trip tour. We were privileged to a ~3 hour behind the scenes view of the ship. Touring the ship was certainly a highlight of our trip to Chile. SO cool!
The USS Underwood was commissioned in 1983 (an excellent year, if I may say so). This thing was HUGE. I would get lost on there. The guided missile ship is 453 feet long and houses a helicopter! It also has machine guns and torpedoes. I felt like I was in a 10 year old’s fantasy land. 🙂
Here are a few highlights:
Clockwise, Left to Right: Captain’s coffee mug, the surf board the Captain keeps in his office/room, radar room (in additions to enemies, they have to watch for whales!), the Chilean ship parked next door, view of Valparaiso from the deck, look out, weights so they can work on their fitness, us posing with a machine gun, staring down the barrel, the on-board helicopter, us IN the helicopter, the flag in the back of the boat
Fun fact of the day: Navy men are fans of Beachbody. During our tour we ran across a group of guys doing one of the Insanity DVDs! I wanted to join them, but didn’t have the right attire. *sigh*
The Captain knew about my food obsession and offered to let us take a peek into the ship’s kitchen. It would be so hard to live on their diet – they can’t keep a lot of fresh fruits and veggies on board because it goes bad after a few days at sea. The chef, Livingston, was nice enough to let us intrude as he was preparing for dinner.
We finished up the tour at the front of the ship. One fun fact: the bell you see in the middle-left pic below doubles as a baptismal pool. If you are assigned to a ship when your child is ready to be baptized, the bell is turned upside down and filled with water for the baby to be dunked in. Afterwards the baby’s name is engraved inside – it remains there for the life of the ship!
To our friends aboard the USS Underwood: Thank you so much for your hospitality, and for your service. We wish you the best on the rest of your journey!
The ship’s motto:
“Whensoever hostile aggressions . . . require a resort to war, we must meet our duty and convince the world that we are just friends and brave enemies.” -Thomas Jefferson, Letter to Andrew Jackson, December 3, 1806
On an entirely different note, please click here to hop over the Lindsay’s blog, The Lean Green Bean, today and check out my guest post. While she’s vacationing in the sunshine, I’m home baking these no-sugar-added, gluten-free Banana-Maple Zucchini Muffins:
There is a vegan option, of course. 🙂
Recaps = over! Back to your regularly scheduled food blog.
What is you favorite type of muffin?
Can you imagine trying to find something to eat aboard a ship for months at a time? Poor guys!