Crossed Anchors, Dedicated Sailors
The backbone of the Navy
A loud crack shattered the tense air like a bullwhip as metal met metal. The hammer stood upright again for only a second, as if holding its breath, and fell on the pelican hook. With a final heave, the boatswain's mate knocked the stopper loose.
The U.S. Navy has had a strong presence around the world for almost two and a half centuries and though technology and ships have transformed greatly, one rate has remained unchanged over the years, boatswain's mate (BM).
One of my favorite phrases about BMs is that we're the backbone of the Navy, and it's true. We are up early, eager and hard working in any evolution we take part in."
-BM3 Spencer Norwood
Aboard the aircraft carrier USS Dwight D. Eisenhower (CVN 69), the job of a BM continues to evolve, but in many ways is still reminiscent of the trade it was hundreds of years ago. Despite modern technological advances, BMs are still essential to the Navy's mission. From dropping the anchor to refueling or replenishing at sea, BMs have always held the safety of the crew in their hands.