Weston repeats Freyberg's order that LAYFORCE "cover the withdrawal", but adds to it: "a message would be sent to us by the embarkation officer on Sphakia beach when we could retire".
11.40 pm-12.15 am: Laycock, Graham, Waugh and others hurry back to the beach but find no embarkation officer. Even by "hot footing" it back to Sphakia, as he did, Laycock could not have reached the beach until after midnight.
It set us up for success with using this technology for follow on operations," stated Chief Warrant Officer 5 Gene Rose, the II MEF senior embarkation officer on site.
Personnel from the II MEF included embarkation officers who assisted with planning the load and the Port Operations Group, which is equivalent to an Army Port Support Activity.
Clifton is a KC-130 Hercules copilot and VMGR-152's embarkation officer
From Put Out More Flags onwards some patterns are replicated whenever Waugh's soldiers embark: ant-like lines of men handling stores; backbreaking loading of equipment that will eventually be unloaded and reloaded "tactically"; the fact that the ship cannot put up with so many men and so much equipment; contradictory orders that get the embarkation officers
muddled up, and keep them anxious about pointless bureaucracy while none ever thinks of providing food for the boarding troops; the dubious adequacy of a former liner and its crew to perform military duties; and the last-minute addition of assorted and incongruous personnel to the expedition.