I just thought I would start this discussion as it seems things are beginning to ramp up for a possible deployment after the first of the year sometime. I know that there are many sailors that are stationed on the Bataan and others (like my son) that will become a part of the Bataan family as a result of this deployment. I know we can't talk specifics (names/dates/etc.) but thought it would be nice to have a place to post comments and questions as we move closer to its departure.
I know I am looking forward to hearing tricks and hints on the way things work with regards to the day to day happenings on the ship. I'd like to hear from those of you who have experienced a deployment or even long term separation from your sailor like mail call, communications, liberty, what they do on their "down" time between shift, etc.
As always, thanks for all the support to NavyforMoms!