Tuesday, October 11, 2011

Bully II... good riddance!

This past Sunday I was invited to join Blake for the big christening of Noble Bully II.  Bully I did not have a ceremony like this so I was so excited... on many levels.. the biggest is that when Bully II (she) leaves I get my husband back and another big one is I am so proud of my husband and all the work he has done for this project that I am excited for her to start drilling and making some money.  You know I like to call these projects, the mistress, bc she gets a lot of my husbands time and I tend to get a little jealous but as soon as I meet her I am in awe of her awesomeness and largeness... Well here she is... Bully II.

We went to christen her and to get a small tour... Blake had told me before we went that I might be asked to do the christening bc a lady always does the honor.  So I was ready but his boss threw in a little extra when it came time... he said the lady always makes a speech... and I just said the first thing that came to mind".
"I can't believe we are finally here... in our house we refer to her (the Bully II) as the Mistress, bc she has gotten a lot of our husbands time and devotion.  We are proud of our men and all the workers that have done a job well done.  We are so happy to see her completed and ready to leave Singapore.  May all those that set sail on her be safe... Farewell Mistress".  There were tons of smiles (especially from the women) and some laughter... no tears just relief...

Then came the time to do the honors of breaking a champagne bottle on her... but since there is a no alcohol policy on the shipyard we used sparkling apple cider... We did the actually christening on the hole that will lead the drill into the ocean floor.

I am so proud of you babe... you are a dedicated, committed, and hard worker and deserve all and more of the praises for a job well done.

Don't you just love the PPE... hard hat, steel toe boots, eye wear and gloves...

This is the piece of equipment that has caused my hubby many sleepless nights... I am so glad she was painted red... its like the scarlet letter... or scarlet color...



Pierce would have loved to see all these flags...

I love this picture... all these men hand painting the deck and right over all the dirt...


Just so proud of my hubby... I had to take a picture of the first plaque on the wall with the title PM.  He has worked so hard for this and deserves it... we love you daddy.

The men that make it all happen... the guy in the middle is the big boss, the VP of Engineering and during this thank you speech... he first thanked the men that have worked so hard by saying they could not have done it with out them... and then he said "behind every good man is an even better woman"... got to love that part.

This piece of equipment was the most intriguing for me... a robot that can go all the way down to the bottom of the ocean and help out when and where needed and is able to fix things in case they need it.. wow...

Just a sneak peak of the shipyard... a lot of work going on...

Thanks to Stephen we have this great picture but I thought it was funny that when he posted it on facebook that a friend of mine called me "sarah palin"...

Here are some professional pics of the Bully I, which is identical to Bully II... she is massive.


Bully I and Bully II... good riddance!


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3 comments:

Michelle and Gary said...

How cool! I know the importance (on so many levels) of getting to the point of christening a boat! We are very much looking forward to the christening of Gary's sub in December. Unfortunately for me... the christening just means the mistress starts to get MORE of my hubby's time. Boo!
I think it is SO awesome that you got to break the sparkling cider! You know, with the Navy, the one who gets to christen the boats is usually some really high up woman (think Roselyn Carter for our last boat- USS Jimmy Carter)...this just shows how high up you rank! :)
So excited for you guys and congratulations to Blake- clearly he has worked very very hard and you have been his backbone through it all! Hugs!

Karen Wingfield said...

Thanks for posting the pictures! (for the wives still stateside....I may be the only one..haha!) Hope ya'll are doing well!

Renee Westcott said...

This is so cool! I can't believe you got to christen it! Great work, Blake.

 

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