Hi, just got my first draft. Got Hms Edinburgh which is going on a Caribbean deployment in May for 6 months. I was wondering where this deployment will take me. what Countries do we go? And what kit do i need to take onboard with me..
You will probably go to Barbados, St Lucia and possibly Puerto Rico.
Bring shorts and a towel.
If you've never dived before have a try dive in Carlisle bay in Barbados. It's awesome for beginners as there are about 5 decent wrecks that are very shallow. The duty watch bar is Harbour Lights, Carlisle bay also has some top beach bars etc. Have a tour of the Mount Gay Rum distillery if you get the chance.
St Lucia is nice but it's more of a honeymoon destination, so less chance of trapping an Essex slag on holiday. There is a KFC outside the dockyard which is always a winner. They have a big street market in the evening which is worth a look, don't eat any of the scran on offer unless you fancy losing a few stone through your arse. If you can blag your way into the yacht club there is a chance to trap some posh birds and you get the occasional high class hooker in there.
Puerto Rico was the site of the best brothel on Earth, the Black Angus bar, but some fcukers burned it down. If they have rebuilt it you have to go. Also have a tour of the Bacardi factory, bottles of 151 cost about $4US. Otherwise it's a bit of a dump. There is a Hard Rock Cafe which is pretty cool.
If you rent a jet ski anywhere, be careful you don't smash it up, as the rental guys on the beach will close ranks and bum rape you until you buy them a new and much more expensive jet ski.
Your Longcast (available from your DepCo) has all the details you need. Go speak to him, probably better via your Div SR or DO and remember the details of the trip are OPSEC related! (as just shouted out by your new XO)
Enjoy the trip as 2DD says; try diving or anything else rather than just pi$$ it up, its not often you get to some of these fantastic places (Anguila, Tortola, Grand Turk etc....) make the most of it.
Get in with some of the old lags too, such as your CPO(AWT), they've been about and will give you lots of good gen!
... and if he doesn't he shouldn't be afraid to ask for one - should be a standard enclose with every joining letter.
When he receives it, he should also note that it will have the ship's programme on it, but not the ship's name (iaw current Fleet Security guidance). This is so that if lost in the post, left in the pub, or copied and pasted to Rum Ration or wiki-leaks, it still wont publicise which ship is going where.
Never, ever got either on any of my 5 ship drafts. First sea draft was to Illustrious which was in Guzz - a day after we had arrived down there to join her. Taxi driver at the train station knew that she was due in a day later than the official info the Regs had supplied us.
Hope things are more organised now that the fleet\flotilla is smaller ...