I'm going to be really scarce for the next few months......

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  1. bigwill51534

    bigwill51534 Saint, Church of Ryanism

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    I'm taking a 4 month cruise, courtesy of the US Navy! The most recent word is that I will leave this coming Sunday. But, that may be postponed to February 27. I am flying out to support the USS Emory S Land (AS-39 submarine tender). I will be working doing the same thing I so now, in providing radiological oversight and maintaining custody of the radioactive material. It looks like I will be gone for 4 months or so. If I leave Sunday, I will be meeting the ship in Bahrain. If I leave the 27th, I will be meeting the ship in the Philippines. It looks like a majority of my time will be spent in the Philippines either way.

    Should be a fun time! I will update you guys as other access is available.

    ~Will Courtier ~
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    Lord Kain Keeper of the Timeline Staff Member

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    Have fun with this assignment. You ever been off-shore to the Philippines?
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    Moved to NSFW because, dude, Bahrain is still an active combat zone and you got your name plastered all over the post.

  4. bigwill51534

    bigwill51534 Saint, Church of Ryanism

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    With what I'm doing, it's fine. There hasn't been much terroristic activity if any for the last 5-6 years in the port area where we will be. Already had the lengthy security briefs regarding travel through the area. The entire country isn't considered a war zone anymore. If it were, our multi billion dollar support ship wouldn't ever port there. Honestly, the greatest threat is people trying to obtain info by getting Americans drunk.... Every once in a blue moon there is a demonstration, but they haven't been violent in quite a while.

    I appreciate the concern, though!

    ~ Will Courtier ~
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    bigwill51534 Saint, Church of Ryanism

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    Ha, the budget has actually been involved in our plans. The intended date to leave was February 27th, and the date was requested to be changed. The only factor in determining whether or not I leave early is whether or not the government can justify wasting several thousand dollars to fly me into Bahrain with under 7 days notice or stuck with the plan we've had in place for the last month. The change in cost amounts to quite a bit when you consider 7 other guys are traveling with me.

    ~ Will Courtier~
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    mistawiskas kik n a and takin names

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    They're sending a sub tender/sub instead of an aircraft carrier to the middle east in order to save costs? NK doesn't have anything to do with this decision at all.
  8. MSP

    MSP Haunting a dead forum...

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    Good luck! Need me to check in on the misses while you're away? :D
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    good luck! so are you technically a nuke?
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    bigwill51534 Saint, Church of Ryanism

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    The tender is there to support the submarine's in the area which are doing the super secret squirrel stuff. There are more submarines all over the world than you would think.

    And Funkgab, I am more than like a nuke. I have been a Navy Nuke for almost 9 years, spanning two submarines and one deployment (North Pole and Mediterranean run). Yaddidamean is going through the same schooling now that I did 8 years ago too (but as an electronics technician, whereas I am a machinist mate).

    ~ Will Courtier ~
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    bigwill51534 Saint, Church of Ryanism

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    So, I am alive and well in Bahrain! After two long days of not leaving the ship, finally got a break. Hanging out at a local bafr with wifi. Battery is dead in my phone, but will update with photos tomorrow.

    Thanks for the support!

    ~Will Courtier~
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    hans5849 Serious as a heart attack

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    LOL, I just got back from my deployment today. Only one more to go!
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    ninefivezero infinite resolution

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    Cool, I'd love to see some photos. Safe travels friend.
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    that is so weird all my navy buddies are going to bahrain, even the ones on the sweepers!
    and thats pretty cool that your like a senior nuke! props man
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    bigwill51534 Saint, Church of Ryanism

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    Well, we are now in Singapore, drinking in a yacht club. No pics of Bahrain, but I got a few cool pics off of the fantail of the ship. Been quite am adventure so far! Will update more when I get a free moment.

    ~ Will Courtier ~
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    86mcss Devouring your Soul

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    playing with lady boys I'd wager ;)
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    They're comparing to see who's the bigger Willie. ;)
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    bigwill51534 Saint, Church of Ryanism

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    Here are some pics of Singapore. Will upload more as I get time (and a reliable internet connection.

    ~Will Courtier~

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    bigwill51534 Saint, Church of Ryanism

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    More pics!

    Oh, and that weird photo below is a ship sitting atop three buildings.... Kind of blew my mind...


    ~Will Courtier~

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    mistawiskas kik n a and takin names

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    A very interesting city.
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    Cool pictures man, thanks for sharing. But what the hell kind of ship is that on those buildings???
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    bigwill51534 Saint, Church of Ryanism

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    I honestly have no idea... I haven't ventured up there yet. From what I'm told, there is a pretty nice casino somewhere in that complex. This country is pretty bizarre. They take an insane amount of pride in aesthetics. There is landscaping everywhere (medians, in the ditches alongside off-ramps, etc...). It's a pretty cool place. If only it weren't so damned expensive! Beers are right around $10 each at most restaurants (for either Tiger or Heineken beer). Food costs upwards of $25 for damn near any meal at all. Cans of soda are generally around $4.50-$6.00. Their fines are insane too. A fine for littering will run you a cool $1,000. This country doesn't mess around!

    So, we're heading back out into the town again today. I had duty yesterday, and was on board the ship all day (which was a good chance to recover from the extensive hangover I had). We are going to explore an island that is home to Universal Studios Singapore as well as a bunch of other beaches and local touristy stuff. Tomorrow, we are going to Universal Studios to check it out. That should carry me out until we leave. Next, I get to make plans for our stop in Subic Bay, PI (Philippines). We're extremely restricted there as to where we can go (due to Marines getting into a bunch of trouble raping/assaulting women in other areas of Asia), but we still have a few bars and clubs we can visit. I plan on getting certified for scuba diving and doing a lot of relaxing while there.

    ~Will Courtier~
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    bigwill51534 Saint, Church of Ryanism

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    More pics!

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    bigwill51534 Saint, Church of Ryanism

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    And more pics!

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  25. mistawiskas

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    It looks like you're having way too much fun to call that a "job". ;)
    Thanks for taking the time to post pics.