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“My Navy Adventure”
was created especially for
Roy Russell Whiting
at the age 5
With Love From,
Mom & Dad
April 1, 2002
Roy Whiting was up early in Roswell, New Mexico. He was so excited! “Today, Grandad Haskamp is going to take me for a cruise on a real Navy ship,” he thought.
At that very moment, a helicopter landed in the back yard to carry Roy away on his adventure. Just as the helicopter lifted off the ground, the pilot said to Roy, “Why not invite Mike, Bob, and Wayne along.”
The helicopter flew straight to the ship and hovered until the landing officer cleared it to land. The pilot then touched down carefully on the gently pitching deck. As soon as he was told, Roy and his friends jumped out.
Roy was met by Grandad Haskamp. The commanding officer of the ship said, “Welcome aboard, Roy! We certainly do have a fun-filled day planned for you.”
Roy and the commanding officer began the tour on the main deck where the helicopter landed. While they were there, the Navy Blue Angels flew overhead in their famous delta formation.
Next they went below deck. Roy was very cautious going down the steep ladders. He saw the crew's working stations and sleeping quarters. Roy and his friends were invited to eat hamburgers, hot dogs, and french fries in the mess area.
There was so much for Roy to see and do inside the big ship! All the officers and crew were more than happy to show Roy around and answer all his many questions.
Then the commanding officer walked up to Roy and said, “Roy, would you like to steer this ship!”
Grandad Haskamp said, “Mike, Bob, and Wayne can watch you with me!”
They immediately proceeded to the ship's bridge. As they entered the bridge, they found themselves facing the steering console. It looked impossible to understand. Roy asked, “Can I really do this?”
Roy steered the ship to starboard (right), back around to port (left), and then dead ahead under the watchful eye of the skipper. It was so much easier than Roy had thought it would be.
“You did an excellent job, Roy!” said the commanding officer. “According to the radio room, there is quite a group already assembling for our return. Take us home.”
With this command, Roy brought the ship around starboard to a heading of 15 degrees. There, dead ahead, was the home port.
The tugboats came out to escort them to the pier while porpoises darted in and around the enormous Navy ship. They appeared to be racing with them.
“Roy,” said Grandad Haskamp, “look at the crowd that has come to welcome you back! With my binoculars, I can see everyone.”
Roy carefully piloted the ship to the pier. “Another great job, Roy,” said the commanding officer. “Look at all the people cheering for you!” “Wow!” Roy thought. “this is what it would be like to serve my country like all the other brave men and women of the Navy.”
The call to “colors” was sounded. As the sun set, it signaled the end of an exciting and happy day for everyone. That night in Roswell, New Mexico, the very last thought Roy Whiting had was, “Now I know what I want to be when I grow up!”
In MY NAVY ADVENTURE, you visited a ship. Do you know the meaning of the following boating terms?
a. back of a ship, stern
b. forward end of a ship
c. facing forward, the right hand side of the ship
d. facing forward, the left hand side of the ship