I had my second and last duty shift last night. I was one of the Rovers…and basically that means that we walk the halls, the training command area (several buildings), check the gauges (not entirely sure what they are all for), lock doors for the night, etc. I was paired up with one of my shipmates from November Company. We were talking about it…and it is so weird, because we get paired up for everything. We are on the same squad, on the same team within the squad, were paired up on both duty shifts, and stand next to each other in the height line. It’s unreal! We work well together I believe…so that makes it fun. I hope I'm not talking his ear off!
Doing the shift was hilarious because the other rover and the officer of the deck kept up this banter and it made me laugh so much. I’m so sleep-deprived…that may be the reason I find everything funny! Anyway, I really enjoyed working with them.
Basically…our job as rovers is to make sure everything is okay. It’s funny too, since each time we leave the quarterdeck (aka lobby), we have to sign the log book in a very specific way…and when we are coming on or going off the shift, we have to say this little thing…and I thought it was hilarious. This is what we say...the on-coming officer says “I am ready to relieve you.” The off-going officer says “I am ready to be relieved.” The on-coming says “I relieve you.” The off-going says “I stand relieved.” It feels absolutely ridiculous to say! My partner was joking about how creepy it sounds when you whisper it…and it does sound creepy! Got to love the Navy and all their rules!