We generally cross train, although the real expenses come in the capital acquisition costs ($1500 percolators, $100 mugs).
On bridge watches, it was usually the junior quartermaster who was the duty CPO (coffee petty officer). It was his responsibility to keep the charred tar sailors refer to as 'Joe" flowing. Real sailors were always thought to drink their coffee black. I caused a minor revolution when I showed up with some french vanilla flavored creamer. Caught a whole ration of crap from the rest of the watch team. Funny
thing was, I discovered a couple of bottles of flavored creamer stashed away in the chart room on our next cruise
The funniest coffee story came a little later on when I was an engineer
in charge of all the auxiliary systems. The main coffee maker broke, and we couldn't get parts
. The Navy
has a casualty reporting system (CASREP) for reporting when mission critical things break. Write a CASREP, your problem gets priority. I CASREP'd the coffee maker.
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