Finding Their Bearings
Plebes' journey to becoming officers
Every year, Plebe Summer begins with approximately 1,200 incoming freshmen shedding their civilian clothes and receiving new haircuts. Then they are introduced to their detailers, senior students who will provide mentorship that both shapes and humbles in equal parts, helping pave the way for plebes to one day assume the highest responsibilities of command, citizenship and government.
Changes to CMS-ID Mean More Opportunities at Negotiation
Sailors will now get more looks at orders further from their PRD
The Navy announced in NAVADMIN 231/17, that job announcement windows and the period of time Sailors have to negotiate orders are changing within the Career Management System Interactive Detailing (CMS-ID), Sept. 18.
Beneath the Waves
Life on a Submarine
Electronics Technician 2nd Class (SS) Joshua Craig pauses for a moment to think about the question, the steady hum of machinery filling in the silence.
The Road to Anchors
Advice from a World War II-era chief
Retired Chief Photographer's Mate Joe Renteria has lived an extraordinary life, a life that began in 1917 and saw him rise up and forge his grit, leadership and determination in the throes of the Second World War. At 100 years-old, he still walks with the confidence and gait of a much younger man.
The Rockets' Red Glare:
How a war, a tattered flag and a lawyer created the national anthem
The opening notes are immediately recognizable: Played before almost every sporting event in America, it is a song rich with American history and a song that encompasses the American spirit of patriotism: The national anthem, "The Star-Spangled Banner."
A Legacy of Valor:
USS Somerset Honors Heroes of 9-11's Flight 93
Shock. Horror. Grief. The nation watched in disbelief, Sept. 11, 2001, as planes slammed into the World Trade Center and the Pentagon.
Learning the Ropes
Plebes Learn to Sail in Annapolis' Waterways
Pulling away from the pier, they backed up, turning around slowly to follow the string of boats heading for the bay in Annapolis, Maryland. Awaiting the go ahead from their instructor on what to do next, the plebes in boat No. 16 waited in silence for their next direction, their sun-tanned skin contrasting with their stark, white T's and blue Naval Academy shorts.
Plebes Learn About the Saving Facets of a Ship
Smoke fills the passageway and begins to climb up the ladder. It's a foggy, white mist that has little, almost undetectable odor. Looking down the ladder, only the top of the helmet from the person in front can be seen, as well as an orange fire hose. Pretty soon, the little glimpse of that one person down below disappears. The hose looks like it is being held by the white smoke itself.
LA Fleet Week: Habitat for Humanity
Sailors, Marines and Coast Guardsmen participated in a Habitat for Humanity of Greater Los Angeles (Habitat LA) project in Long Beach, California during Los Angeles Fleet Week 2017.
Navy Working Uniform Type III:
5 Things to Know
The Navy announced the wear rules and Fleet distribution plan for the Navy Working Uniform (NWU) Type III in NAVADMIN 214/17, Aug. 31, along with a list of approved boots Sailors can wear with the uniform.
The Grey Ghost:
Examining the Future of USS Clamagore
An American flag flies above the charcoal gray, decommissioned Cold War-era submarine, USS Clamagore (SS 343). The sub idly sits, sun-faded in the Charleston, South Carolina harbor as saltwater eats at it, causing orange rust and corrosion.
New Sailor Explores Both Halves of his Life
His pencil scratches against the paper, the repetitive motion creating shadows and adding depth to his drawing. He's putting the finishing touches on a self-portrait, one that represents both his past and his future.
Midshipmen Qualify on Small Arms
"Load! Make ready! Fire!" - These are the commands given to the new U.S. Naval Academy midshipmen during Plebe Summer at the small arms qualification course. Marksmanship training, like every challenge a midshipman faces, is overcome one step at a time.
FY 2018 Master Chief Results Released
Senior Chiefs to don the 2nd star above anchor
Congratulations to the following personnel who have been selected for advancement to master chief petty officer by the FY-18 Active-Duty Navy E9 Selection Board.
Taking the Plunge
GHWB Sailors take a dip in the Mediterranean
Clear, sunny, blue skies and equally blue seawater set the stage for Sailors aboard aircraft carrier USS George H.W. Bush (CVN 77) to take the plunge from an aircraft elevator during an all-hands swim call.
Paying it Forward, One Computer at a Time
Sailor teaches, gives out computers to less fortunate families
In the 1990s computers became popular because they were cheaper and smaller than ever before. There was a computer in most households across America. Adults and their kids would use them on a daily basis. However, not everyone could afford a computer or had a chance to use one until later in life. Sonar Technician Surface 1st Class Reynaldo Reyes, stationed aboard USS Freedom (LCS-1), and his family were among them.
Coping with Stress and Trauma
Navy social worker demonstrates techniques during Pacific Partnership
Somewhere in the world, disaster strikes. Perhaps it's a terrible hurricane in Central America, a shattering earthquake in Asia or a catastrophic tsunami in the Pacific. Thousands die. Millions lose their homes, their livelihoods, their families. Then, disease sets in.
Serving With Forward Deployed Naval Forces
5 Things You Need to Know
Sailors looking to get the most from their career will find exciting opportunities and rewarding work while serving as part of Forward Deployed Naval Forces (FDNF) overseas. Comprised of ships, submarines, and aircraft squadrons, FDNF units are located in Japan, Guam, Bahrain, Spain, and Italy.
Building on the Boat
Sailors take body sculpting to the next level
"You haven't had a carb in three days, and you haven't had a sip of water in 12 hours, but you've got to have confidence while you're up there. You've got to feel like the 'baddest' man out there. We're all friends until we step on that stage. When I'm up there, it's me against everybody."
Navy Announces New Distribution Policy for Senior Enlisted Supervisors
Navy releases NAVADMIN 192/17
The Navy announced Monday in NAVADMIN 192/17 that it is implementing a new distribution policy for active component (AC) and full time support (FTS) senior enlisted supervisors (E7 - E9) designed to improve manning levels at sea and other operational units.
FY18 Active Duty, SELRES and FTS Chief Results
Chief results are out!
FY-18 active-duty and SELRES chief selection board results have been released!
Training the Best for the Worst
A Look at Navy SERE School
A loud snap in the distance makes the Sailor immediately drop into a low crouch, his eyes wide and heart racing; the noise could have been anything - deadfall from the dry tree branches, a desert fox or mountain lion, or perhaps even the enemy stalking him.
An Exchange of Perspective
A Sailor's trip aboard a New Zealand ship
Excitement and mystery flooded their system. They had found out just days before about the trip to an unknown platform. The step-by-step preparations only made them more anxious to find out what lay in further waters.
75 Years of Navy Women:
17 Things You Should Know About the WAVES
Early in World War II, confronting enemies on two fronts, the U.S. military faced a serious manpower shortage. It turned, somewhat reluctantly, to women. As yeoman (F) in the Navy during World War I, women had already proved themselves capable of taking over support and administrative jobs, thereby freeing men for combat.
Fire Aboard Ship:
Remembering USS Forrestal Fire, 50 Years Later
Fire! Fire! Surrounded by water, but with nowhere to go, no way to escape, Sailors on USS Forrestal (CVA 59) watched in horror for one split second as flames began to engulf their ship, July 29, 1967. They jumped into action, but then came explosion after explosion, fireball after fireball.
U.S. Navy Underwater Construction Team:
In the Republic of Korea
U.S. Navy Seabees from Underwater Construction Team (UCT) 2 spent a couple of weeks in Jinhae, Republic of Korea (ROK), training in underwater construction techniques with their ROK navy counterparts as part of Exercise Foal Eagle 2017.
The Power of a Single Story
Cadets preserve veterans' history
The date was May 28, 1959, and the Cold War was simmering. Russia boasted of missile superiority over the U.S., and Fidel Castro had risen to power in Cuba. Spies on both sides were everywhere.
To Meet the Sea Once More:
USS Constitution prepares to leave dry dock
The pages of history continue to turn for the U.S. Navy's oldest commissioned warship, USS Constitution. She will soon exit the historic Dry Dock One at Charlestown Navy Yard, Boston National Historical Park in Charlestown, Massachusetts.
One Hundred Years in the Making:
The Birth of Military Sea Transportation Service
In 1946, the new chiefs of the Navy and Army, Fleet Admiral Chester Nimitz and General of the Army Dwight Eisenhower, sat down to discuss a situation that had plagued their commands throughout the Second World War.
From Ballcaps to Dixie Cups
United States Naval Academy Induction Day 2017
The sun rose on a warm, midsummer morning in Maryland. As the humidity climbed, so did the tension and excitement. The future leadership of the United States Navy and Marine Corps waited, one after another, to enter Alumni Hall and begin their long march toward becoming military officers.