Well, after all these hard years of racing and training, I felt so good about CHANGE. Just send me anywhere, I'll survive!InsyaAllah!
First task... DUTY on Hari Raya! Nothing to complaint about, my new post is about planning and coordinating of all the Malaysian Armed Forces mission with the United Nations - Nation Unies. At least I can feel how my fellow servicemen felt when they are away in Dem Rep of Congo, Sudan etc etc.... But the best has yet to come!
See photo... room with a view! This is the view from my cabin, for 12 days I woke up in the morning looking out of this window and saw a lot of water. Surprise? This is in Port Klang while loading the shipments.
From Port Klang to south of Nicobar Islands/ North of Sumatera took 1 day and a half! The ship sails at 16-19 knots, among the fastest compared to most cargo ships.
Another assignment 10 days after raya, accompanying military cargo in a civilian ships from Port Klang to Beirut! No weapon, 15 crews, 3 military personnel and only God knows how many Somalians pirates are there in the Gulf of Aden. What the heck is an Air Force officer doing in a civilian ship for 12 days? Nothing much to do hahaha... sleep, eat, sh*t, throw up, watch cd, talk to the Turkish crew in English! Learn some Turkish word, now forgotten. What else can you do in a 150m long ship. Running? The captain did but I cant, scared that the wind will blow me off the ship and I have to swim back to nowhere! The world seems so round when you cant see anything around you except blue water. Watch WATER WORLD!
Strange phenomena in the sea, the meeting point of Andaman Sea and Bay of Bengal, 1km deep but the waves break as if its hitting a shore!The ship is called MV Vivien A, registered in Izmir, Turkey. We sailed pass south of Great Nicobar on 14 Oct. Nicobar and Andaman group of island was hit by tsunami in 2004.
The sea sometimes looks so calm like a swimming pool but the ship sway left and right until you feel like throw up. No choice! After 5 days, on 17 Oct everything was pushed out of my belly! Then... I felt normal, its like walking on land. Sunset in the north of Indian Ocean/south Bay of Bengal, end of the world...
Crossing from south of Nicobar Island to south of Sri Lanka took 2 days and a half. We reached Sri Lanka in the early morning of 16 Oct. Then turn up to Laccadive Sea, which is between India and Maldives.
Already passed Maldives, into Arabian Sea heading towards Socotra Island where the notorious pirates live! Pray... pray... pray... It was 17 Oct, ETA at sea lanes set by coalition navy ships near Socotra Island around 19 Oct.
In the afternoon, Gulf of Aden looks stunningly blue. No one would suspects there are notorious gangs moving around hijacking ships! A view from the bridge...
A view from the bow... 120m away! The bridge is 8 floor above the ship. That high? Believe it....
At 6 am 20 Oct, the pirates spend around 20 minutes 'accompanying' us! They were checking our speed, then they will decide whether it can be boarded or not. Smart pirates! Using fast boat, the 4 pirates then left us alone knowing that their speed cant match out ship. The speed cant drop below 14knots. Well, we are 6 knots above it. Hopefully the engine wont stopped!
Last sunset in the Gulf of Aden! 20 Oct. 12 hours to reach Djibouti. The danger was not over yet.