Troy in the hangar bay

In the hangar bay. The guy who took this actually took two and both were way out of focus. This one was the better of the two.


We drove 180ft from USNS Bridge for five hours and got 1.5 million gallons of jet fuel, 237 tons of food and a ton of mail!


I don’t think I can convey just how cool it was to be launching aircraft while driving alongside another ship transferring stores and fuel.

Dueling Monitors

One night when I was in my office writing an e-mail to Bethany the screensaver came on the laptop. The lines would cross back and forth across both monitors as if they were one really wide monitor. In the dark it looked especially cool.

[My husband Troy is in the U.S. Navy. He's on a six-month deployment right now, and thanks to the wonders of the internet it's easy to stay in touch. We email daily, and occasionally he'll send me photos. Just like when I first started blogging (as I explain on my About page) I'm posting photos here so our friends and family can keep tabs on what Troy's up to halfway around the world. Troy and his ship are both on Twitter, if you want to follow them. And you can add Troy as a Flickr friend, too....We hope you enjoy this glimpse into the life of a Navy officer. ---Bethany]

7 Responses to “Troy on deployment: UNREP & dueling monitors”

  1. mamalang says:

    Cool post. I love the idea of them cruising alongside the other ship, and the screensaver would be really cool :)

    I can’t imagine dealing with these deployments even 10 or 15 years ago, without all of the contact we have now!

  2. Sonja says:

    237 tons of food?! Wowza.

  3. mamalang, You said it! We’ve never had to do a deployment without email. Even so, I think about how the email system worked 12 years ago and I have to laugh at how primitive it was compared to now. Life comes at you fast. :-)

  4. nicole says:

    I never realized your husband was on an aircraft carrier. My husband and I just toured the midway in San Diego and have become obsessed with watching “carrier” about life on an aircraft carrier. You are an incredibly courageous woman to be without your husband for such long stretches. Blessings to you and little A.

  5. BeachMama says:

    Although I could never to the military thing, it sure sounds cool when Troy shares his Navy life.

  6. karen says:

    I shared this post with Chris and our kids – so neat to see a bit of life on a ship! We also went to see Troy’s Flickr and the USS Nimitz homepage to learn more about Troy’s ship, which Chris already knew was the first nuclear powered ship in our Navy. Thanks for giving us something fun to look up together tonight!

  7. Kimberly says:

    Thank you, Troy. Thanks for the pictures and thanks for all you do in our Navy for our country. You look great.