On 22 January 2009, I participated in a DOD Bloggers Roundtable with the Normandy’s Commanding Officer, Captain Jeffrey Thomas Griffin, USN.
I asked him what would you want Naval history to record about the Normandy’s first nine days off the coast of Haiti?
CAPT. GRIFFIN: Well, I would say, first and foremost, that we were in what we refer to as a 24-hour readiness that’s readiness for sea, which means I have to be able to get under way no later than 24 hours. And I was pretty proud of the crew that we almost halved that, especially getting the call at 2:30 in the morning when we had to recall the entire crew and get things rolling.
So I just think maybe our response that we were under way in a little more than half of our requirement to be under way, and that just shows, you know, the can-do spirit of the American sailor and how when they’re called upon for a real-world mission like this that they do what they need to do to get the ship to sea safely.
Full transcript here.
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