Captain's Log: Wednesday, February 19, 2020

Submitted by Campbell on Wed, 02/19/2020 - 13:35
ship from the air
map of gulf stream


Good morning, Followers –

Last night, I received an email from LCDR Chris Hooper, from Air Station Miami in Opa Locka, Florida.  Earlier in the day, Chris had flown over the TS Kennedy as we made our way up the coast of Florida.  He included two great photos that are being circulated both here on the ship and back on campus.  Although we’ve had talented photographers take drone footage of our ship departing Buzzards and transiting the Cape Cod Canal, this may be the first time the TS Kennedy has been photographed from the air while she was at sea.  Chris’s email was especially appreciated because he was a 2007 graduate of the Academy. 

After seeing the helicopter fly over the ship and later admiring Chris’s photos, I overheard cadets talking about Air Station Miami.  A few First Class described some of the high-profile missions that Air Station Miami has been involved in, including transporting survivors following an Eastern Airlines plane crash in the Everglades in 1972 and rescuing over seven hundred displaced men, women, and children following Hurricane Katrina.  One cadet pointed out that Air Station Miami even played an important role in the Deepwater Horizons oil spill cleanup.

I will ask that LCDR Hooper's photos of the TS Kennedy be shared here. 

I have received a few emails from students asking if the TS Kennedy will follow the Gulf Stream on our way back to Buzzards Bay.  Yes, we will take advantage of the push for some of our trip up the coast.  While in the Gulf Stream, we will experience a negative slip. 

When I mentioned a “negative” slip, you probably assumed that I meant the Gulf Stream would cause something bad to happen to us.  After all, negative comments from a classmate are hurtful – and no adult wants to learn that their bank account has a negative balance.  There is no need to worry, however.   A negative slip is actually advantageous.  Thanks to the Gulf Stream, the actual distance recorded by the TS Kennedy in one day will exceed the distance recorded by the ship’s propeller.  Typically, the ship travels eighteen feet with each turn of the propeller.  With the Gulf Stream pushing the TS Kennedy along, it is possible for us to gain additional “free” miles each day.  This is one time that a negative is a positive.

Of course, I will be watching the weather very closely.  Following the Gulf Stream the whole way could be counterproductive.  Getting out of it in heavy seas and inclement weather can be quite challenging.   

I will ask that some information about the Gulf Stream be included with this log when it is posted. 

Have a great day at school – or a relaxing vacation day.

Captain Michael J. Campbell

gulf stream poster



ship from airplane
old gulf stream map