Rota Journals

Sea of Opportunity

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A travel journal to Rota by CarolinaPanthers1983

Tropical Storm Photo, Rota, Spain More Photos
Quote: Journey through Atlantic Ocean, Straits of Gibraltar, Mediterranean Sea, Suez Canal, and Red Sea

Parting the Red Sea

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Sunset Photo, Rota, Spain
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This body of water is famous. As many people know, The Bible mentions it when Moses takes the Jews across this sea and defeats Ramses and his Egyptian army by drowning most of them as Moses closes the sea. If you have not read The Bible, you can watch the movie The Ten Commandments starring Charlton Heston- The movie is four-hours long, so you can fast forward to this part if you have the DVD version. Anyway, as my ship exited the Suez Canal, it entered the Red Sea. Here is an interesting fact: The Red Sea is not called it because the sea is red, but the mountains that surrounds the sea. The mountains have rocks that turn red as the sunsets.The water is calm and clear. Even so, the w...Read More

Sailing Through the Suez Canal

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Early Morning  Photo, Rota, Spain
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The famous Suez Canal is a vital body of water that many ships use every day. The canal allows for ships to travel from the Mediterranean Sea into the Red Sea; therefore, ships can quickly go from Europe to Asia by boat without traveling to the bottom of Africa. This canal saves money, time, and resources. As the three ships- USS Kearsarge, Carter Hall, and San Antonio- were crossing canal, this is what I experienced.A Tale of Two EgyptsEgypt owns and maintains the canal. One side is Egypt Proper (The one with Cairo) and Sinai Egypt (The one with Mount Sinai with supposedly Moses talking to God). The interesting part is that I could see both sides of the canal. These two sides ...Read More

Through The Gates of the Mediterranean

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Gibraltar  Photo, Rota, Spain
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After my one-day stop at Rota, Spain, the ship continued to set sail towards east. The ship’s destination was to pass through the Straits of Gibraltar and enter into the Mediterranean Sea.Straits of GibraltarThis body of water connects the Atlantic Ocean to the Mediterranean Sea. Sailing through this part of the world is an amazing and unique experience. Nowhere in the world will you be able to witness two continents- Europe and Africa- at the same time. This area of the world has picturesque views of both continents, so make sure you bring a camera if you travel through this area by boat. I had the pleasure of gaining the opportunity to see the striking difference of both conti...Read More

First Beer in Europe!

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My First Beer in Europe Photo, Rota, Spain
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Crossing the Atlantic Ocean for 30-days without touching ANY land can make a person very eager to get off the first piece of land one sees. Fortunately for me, the ship stopped in Rota, Spain- Naval Base Rota. I was very excited to stop somewhere in Europe (I have been to Europe before in few countries, but I just stayed at and left airport, so I will not count those). Unfortunately, I had only one day to get off the ship and check out the base. Even worse, this port is a working port for many US military ships, so they can resupply for the next part of the voyage.The ship ported in Rota around 10am (GMT). Because the ship had to resupply first, no one on the ship could get off the sh...Read More

Crossing the Atlantic Ocean

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Tropical Storm Photo, Rota, Spain
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As a service member of the Marine Corps, I volunteered- more like my unit volun-told me- to join on this military cruise to cross the different seas to help accomplish different missions and operations. This was an excellent opportunity for me. Even though I cruised before, I’ve never crossed an ocean. My unit was the 26th Marine Expedition Unit or 26 MEU for short. The 26 MEU had three ships to sail across this ocean: USS Kearsarge, USS San Antonio, and USS Carter Hall. I was on the USS Kearsarge, which was the main boat of all the three ships. Of all three ships, this ship is the biggest and can hold the most people. Events that would mold my mind about doing a worldwide cruise- forever!...Read More