DD(Dad’s Diary) 60 Bahrain 2

The Island in the Persian Gulf was a very busy port , as the Navy Ships use the area to get around the World from Indian Ocean and The Pacific Ocean to the Atlantic Ocean (Sort of , in a roundabout sort of way!?). So Living there was quite  a shock for any American , as their laws are much different from ours , to say the least! While I was assigned to HC-2 in Virginia , I was deployed there  twice for 6 months each time , and had a bicycle to get around. Great for sightseeing , but rather challenging on the Roads! We think we have crazy drivers? They surely have us beat on that one! Most roads use lots of Roundabouts , as they do in Europe , but they keep the traffic flowing , but are based on you trusting the other drivers. Is the car in the far lane going to get off on the next road , as he should? There are many lanes , and you have to know how it works. When I first was Deployed there our barracks were in town , and the hi-rise was on a corner overlooking a traffic circle  , so we had a front row seat to watch the mishaps. The Middle East has always been a dangerous place for Americans , we were always forbid to display any sort of American Markings on our clothes. So when we went to work at the airport , we all wore civilian clothes , and changed into our Military Clothes just at work. We had camouflage Pants and Either a Tan Or Desert Green T shirt , we also had a Blouse for when we were going to an official Base , But since the desert climate is rather dry and hot , we worked on the  Black Top Tarmac at the Civilian Airport ,  and the Hot Jet Blast only added to the heat! The 4 H3 Helicopters were there to support the Admiral There , but also brought mail and cargo to The Navy Ships Passing through the Gulf.

More to come…