This time out to sea brought my ship some redeeming factors. There's been a lot of rare evolutions, lots of missile shoots, some test platform activities, the sinking of a ship, and a movie filmed onboard. Wow. It's a lot to pack into a two-month underway, which is why we've been working so many hours each day. I was so excited about this, I thought I'd share it with you.
I'm psyched to learn that Peter Berg's next project is "Lone Survivor," an account of one of the largest Special Ops disasters in US history. If you haven't read the book by Marcus Luttrell, I highly recommend it.
So in 2012, the movie "Battleship" comes out featuring some shots from my ship, the USS Benfold. I'm looking forward to seeing my friends running around in the background as extras. I'm in some of the shots they took, but you can never be sure what scenes willl be cut. I suppose there's a chance I'll be in it as well. Woohoo! This makes movie #2 for me. My first ship, the USS Carl Vinson, was featured in the movie "Behind Enemy Lines." David Keith reenlisted me while he was on board. He signed my discharge papers, and Owen Wilson signed my reenlistment bonus check.
Also, our missile shoots were outrageously successful. At least you'll all be safe on our watch :)