Which boat? We were in St. Marys from December 1993 to August 1994, then Groton from August 1994 to 1995(commissioning), then back. 1st hubby and I were there on the Maine from Aug 1995 to when I left in October 1997. He was there until he finished up in August 1998. I remember the aymean smell well. It was certainly overwhelming in the clothing that came off the boat upon return. I remember I couldn't eat on the boat when they first took over if I took him food while he was on watch because the smell would turn my stomach. I can imagine that long term that does damage. Good luck!