We have a five week gap in our schedule this year and don’t get underway again until mid December. Earlier this week we had our USCG C.O.I. inspection. Yesterday we were supposed to shift our ship from the University dock ( our homeport) to Lake Union drydock, just around the corner. During the required dead ship portion of the C.O.I. inspection, some electrical component failed on on the starboard z-drive and the shift didn’t happen until today. We are only supposed to be here a few days as they clean and touch up the bottom and replace a transducer. The entire bottom will get redone a year from now when she goes to the ship yard for her midlife refit.
The way the watch bill (schedule) was written I was able to get off at 0800 yesterday and go home for a night and return at 1600 today. I missed the whole shift evolution.
It was nice to unwind, get a hair cut, do a few maintenance items for my wife and have a nice dinner with my family.