At 0500 and the selectees woke up, showered, shaved, brushed their teeth, donned their Navy Working Uniform and started sweepers.
By 0600 the selectees headed to the hangar bay for morning muster. Waiting for them were ten mentors [chiefs and senior chiefs] and one command senior chief. The plan-of-the-day was discussed and then they made their way to Anti-Submarine Warfare Naval Base in San Diego for breakfast.
The atmosphere was just as you would see friends at breakfast, talking about where they are, where they've been and how they got to where they are now - more like a family. After breakfast they head to the San Diego waterfront to the 153-year-old restored full-rigged windjammer 'Star of India' and the replica tallship 'Californian' for seamanship training.
They arrived by 0800 and were split into three groups, one group boarded the 'Star of India,' to learn the ship's history, one group was aboard the 'Californian' learning how to sail, and the last group rowed into the harbor of San Diego, singing 'Anchors Aweigh.'
"How cool is it that we are learning how to sail a wooden ship," said Chief Select Aviation Maintenance Administrationman Brien Ward.
It's like something you would see in the movies. After we're all trained up we will eventually sail this ship out into the harbor of San Diego." -AZC (Select) Brien Ward
Once training on each section was completed, the selectees head to the Maritime Museum for a short lunch.
At 1300, things kicked up a notch. The three previous groups became two and the first group boarded the Californian and started the necessary checks in order to take her out to sea.
"Avast! What's our bearing? Grab the halyard!"
Using words Sailors do not often hear, today, they were repeated as they took the ship out to sea. The team was split one on the port side and the other on the starboard side, each had a different task.
"This is exactly what it's like when they are in charge of a group of Sailors," said Taukben.
The first group was out in the harbor of San Diego for an hour and a half. The ship was close to USS Carl Vinson (CVN 70) and USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN 71) and locals on their boats and Sea-Doos stopped in awe as the Sailors controlled the sails of the 145-foot topsail schooner.
After taking the Californian out to sea, they headed pierside and team two took the sails.
1600 came and both teams have headed out to sea. With the 'Californian' moored by the Midway, the selectees formed up and marched back.
They were close to Seaport Village, a local tourist attraction, there they are met with cheers and claps. Other stopped and recorded the selects as they marched with pride.
The selectees arrived back at the Midway and sounded off with "Navy Chief! Navy Pride!" before they went on break.