Welcome to RIMPAC 2018 -
Twenty-five nations, more than 45 surface ships and submarines, 17 national land forces, and more than 200 aircraft and 25,000 personnel are taking part in a unique training opportunity around the Hawaiian Islands and Southern California designed to foster and sustain cooperative relationships that are critical to ensuring the safety of sea lanes and security on the world's interconnected oceans. Rim of the Pacific (RIMPAC) 2018 is the 26th biennial exercise in a series that began in 1971.
Where Eaglets Dare -
Banding the national bird at NAS Patuxent River
Spirituality, wisdom, strength, majesty, freedom: Eagles hold many different meanings among different cultures, throughout history and around the world. In 1782, Congress chose the bald eagle as the United States national bird for its beauty, strength and long life.
Always Ready -
Hurricane Season Is Upon Us
Thousands of Sailors could be affected by this year's hurricane season. If you are in a hurricane prone area and you aren't prepared, you should be.
The Wait of the World -
It's hard not to stare; it's the first thing you notice. A mass the size of a pineapple hanging from the right side of his face, pulling and stretching his eye and mouth under its weight. Harder to see though are the years of relentless torment he's had to endure, and the lonely boy lost behind the mask. That was the boy discovered by the Continuing Promise 2018 team.
Boots, Birth, Beyond -
Studying the Health of Military Children
They may not come issued with a seabag, but children are an important part of military families. Healthy, resilient children and families contribute to the readiness of individual service members.
Laying the Keel -
Developing the Backbone of our Navy
Building trust, developing leaders, and driving high performance teams are never ending tasks. For the enlisted force, "Laying the Keel - Developing the Backbone of Our Navy" sets the structure and continuous learning conditions towards those ends.
Evening Prayers: An Ancient Naval Tradition -
For some Sailors, it's a deeply meaningful religious experience. For others, the echo over the intercom, "Tattoo, tattoo." Stand by for evening prayer," is simply a sign that another day at sea has passed, and that they're that much closer to going home.
Role 2 Light Maneuver Team -
R2LM: World-class Medical Care Wherever it's Needed
The Navy's first role 2 light maneuver (R2LM) team completed its inaugural, 69-day deployment aboard the French navy's Mistral-class amphibious assault ship LHD Tonnerre (L9014), offering advanced trauma and life support capabilities while underway in the U.S. 5th Fleet area of operations. This area includes the Arabian Gulf, Gulf of Oman, Red Sea and parts of the Indian Ocean - about 2.5 million square miles of water and 20 countries.
Not Just a Man's World -
The day started off overcast and rainy on the flight deck of the aircraft carrier USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN 71), Feb. 28. The sky cleared in the late morning and rays of sunshine beamed through the clouds. Reflections of Sailors scurrying across the flight deck appeared on the surface of puddles left from the morning's rain.
Five Things to Know About PCSing to Guam -
So you just received orders to Naval Base Guam, home to miles of pristine beaches and some of the best diving locations in the world, according to Scuba Diving Magazine. You can almost feel the warm, tropical air brushing against your face, but before you pack your bags, here are a few important things to know.
Carl Vinson Strike Group on Deployment to Western Pacific -
More than 6,000 Sailors assigned to the Carl Vinson Strike Group have been on a regularly scheduled deployment to the western Pacific since January.
Building Lives Together -
The Hampton Roads Naval Museum held its 7th annual Brick by Brick Lego Shipbuilding event Saturday, Feb. 3.
Liquid Freedom -
Fueling the Fleet
Meet the men and women who know about fuel, the people for whom fuel is virtually their entire profession: aviation boatswain's mates (fuels), who serve aboard USS Reagan (CVN 76) and USS Wasp (LHD 1), among other ships.
You Stand No Watch Alone -
An Open Letter from a Veteran
Some 40 years ago, a young aviation electronic technician stood a cold and lonely mid-watch, the only sound the slap of waves against his ship and the echoing of his own thoughts. It was one of hundreds of watches Richard H. Thayer Jr. would stand over 13 years in the Cold War-era Navy, and almost 12 more in the Reserves.
On the Forefront of Innovation -
Sailor serves as catalyst for innovation movement
"Man overboard!" The unthinkable can happen in a heartbeat, and an underway can go from routine to disaster. It can take hours to find a Sailor who has gone overboard, if he or she is found at all. The cold reality is that many Sailors have been lost at sea, and it is often an unnecessary cause of death in this day and age.
The iLab -
Where Sailors and innovation meet
Like any other organization, the Navy is not perfect. Many times Sailors ask why things must be done a certain way. Often, they're convinced they know a more effective way. Sometimes, they're right. The Innovation Lab, better known as the iLab, gives Sailors a chance to take those ideas and possibly turn them into reality.
Songs From the Sea -
Behind the Music of Emay Holmes
Deep below the cold steel decks of the aircraft carrier USS Nimitz (CVN 68), Sailors moving busily around the decks stop momentarily and listen to the soft strumming of an acoustic guitar, accompanied by a somber voice singing about life at sea.
A Small Token of Appreciation -
How a surplus of holiday wreaths turned into an enduring symbol of remembrance
In 1992, the owner of a wreath company in Maine had a surplus of decorations leftover toward the end of the holiday season.
The Deployment Song -
Nimitz Airman's Original Song
Deep below the cold steel decks of the aircraft carrier USS Nimitz (CVN 68), Sailors moving busily around the decks stop momentarily and listen to the soft strumming of an acoustic guitar, accompanied by a somber voice singing about life at sea.
Ike Sailors Trade in Coveralls for Overalls -
A visit to the Ike Farm
Fifty Ike Sailors traveled to the Dwight D. Eisenhower National Historic Site, or "Ike Farm," with the mission of restoration and preservation of Eisenhower's estate, October 30.
Day of Infamy -
A Survivor Remembers Pearl Harbor
December 7, 1941 dawned an ordinary Sunday for now-retired Lt. James "Jim" Downing. He and his wife of five months had invited a few other Sailors to breakfast, and were sitting around the table when they heard explosions. Boom. Boom. Boom. They could see smoke in the distance, across the island of Oahu.
Never a Dull Moment -
Serving Aboard LCS
Littoral Combat Ships (LCS) are small surface combatant ships with specific, yet flexible, capabilities. The ships employ a system-of-systems approach through a series of modular mission packages, unmanned vehicles and an innovative hull design.
What Does It Take to Make a Holiday Meal on Deployment? -
As the holiday season approaches, the crew aboard the aircraft carrier USS Nimitz (CVN 68) prepares to celebrate on deployment. Being away from home for the holidays can be challenging, but the Nimitz crew comes together as a family to make the holidays special and memorable.
Three-Carrier Strike Force Exercise in Western Pacific -
The USS Nimitz (CVN 68), USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN 71), and USS Ronald Reagan (CVN 76) strike groups commenced a three-carrier strike force exercise in the Western Pacific, Nov. 11-14.
Whidbey Angels -
Navy Rescue Crews Save Sailors, Pilots, Civilians
The smell of crisp pine in the air, and the peaceful quietness of nothing but the rushing of emerald green glacial rivers as they flow down the side of a mountain describes most of the state of Washington. However, this heart-stopping landscape has a potentially lethal side that can claim even the most experienced hikers. But, luckily for those in northern Washington, there's a highly trained group of Sailors ready to answer the call.
Preparing To Be a Plebe -
Enlisted Sailors, Marines Excel at Naval Academy Prep School
When Indoctrination Day begins at the U.S. Naval Academy in Annapolis, Maryland, the newest batch of nervous, anxious and sweaty plebes (midshipmen 4th class) hurry around the majestic, riverfront campus from one processing station to the next. They receive a crash course in military bearing. However, about 270 of them are ready for the challenge.
Life After Serving -
Armed Forces Retirement Home Cares for Veterans
In 1811, facing a generation of aging Revolutionary War veterans, the nation made a promise. It promised to care for them, seeing to their medical needs. It fulfilled that promise with first the U.S. Naval Asylum in Philadelphia in 1834, then the U.S. Military Asylum in Washington, D.C., in 1851.
What Can You Do? -
Master-at-Arms Uses Training to Save Child
It began like any other day for Chief Master-at-Arms Joseph Pellicano: the familiar routine of waking up, putting on his uniform and getting in his car to drive to Naval Air Station Whiting Field, Florida.
Like father, like son -
Families serve together on USS Kearsarge
The crew aboard the amphibious assault ship USS Kearsarge (LHD 3) had less than 36 hours to take on supplies and personnel to assist with relief efforts in the wake of Hurricane Harvey in August. The crew has been conducting humanitarian assistance and disaster relief efforts for more than a month now, first in the U.S. Virgin Islands in the wake of Hurricane Irma and later in Puerto Rico after Hurricane Maria.
Hurricane Maria Hits Home -
Nimitz Sailor worries for his family
Three weeks ago, as Aviation Machinist's Mate 3rd Class Josue Cordero-Fernandez worked in the jet shop aboard USS Nimitz (CVN 68), Hurricane Maria was gaining momentum, churning in the Atlantic Ocean and barreling toward Puerto Rico.
I Have the Deck -
Taking Charge on Nimitz
On the bridge of the aircraft carrier USS Nimitz (CVN 68), somewhere in the Arabian Gulf, Lt. j.g. Colleen M. Wilmington, a Leon, Kansas, native, has just assumed the officer of the deck watch. Now officially in charge of maneuvering the ship, she has taken the lead of an entire watch team and is the direct representative of the commanding officer.
Running the Course: -
Every year, Plebe Summer begins with approximately 1,200 incoming freshmen shedding their civilian clothes and receiving new haircuts. 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.
Hurricane Season 2017: -
Navy, Marine Corps provide relief to Caribbean, Gulf Coast
The months of August and September saw three catastrophic hurricanes carve paths of destruction throughout the Caribbean and U.S. Gulf Coast: Harvey, Irma and Maria.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Camaraderie of the Furry Kind: -
Service dogs bring support to 2017 Warrior Games
The 2017 Warrior Games brought together more than 260 service members from across the military, as well as our brothers and sisters in arms from the United Kingdom and Australia.
Team Navy Celebrates Close of 2017 Department of Defense Warrior Games -
After all the fanfare, the crowds and the cameras, Team Navy joined their fellow competitors July 8 at a small event at Navy Pier in Chicago to celebrate the conclusion of the 2017 Department of Defense Warrior Games, hosted by the Navy.
Return to Sea Control -
Warfare tactics instructors bring the sword back to the sea
Many naval veterans will tell you ships are living creatures, the engines pumping out massive amounts of energy, allowing tons of steel to cut through the oceans.
Taps for the Fitzgerald -
Honoring the fallen
On June 17, guided-missile destroyer USS Fitzgerald (DDG 62) collided with a merchant vessel southwest of Yokosuka, Japan. Seven Sailors tragically lost their lives and others were injured as a result.
Through a Rollercoaster of Ups and Downs -
Wounded Warrior turns tragedies into inspirations
Ryan Shannon grew up like most kids from a small town in suburbia. He played sports and hung out with his friends and siblings. After high school, he did what most kids were expected to do: go to college and earn a degree in a chosen career field. However, one event changed everything.
The Unlikely Leader -
Volleyball coach without military tie finds herself coaching in the Warrior Games
Bailey Wagner kicks off a drill by serving a ball over the net and yelling authoritatively and enthusiastically, "Ball! Get to the spot! Nice high hands!" It doesn't take long to tell that she is a competitor, almost as if she gives as much effort coaching as she would if she were playing the game.
The Wounded Samoan Warrior -
One Sailor's journey to recovery
Even inside a gym filled with chatter and laughter, he stands out. Built like a NFL linebacker, there is no question he is an athlete. He seems a little out of place, but he lines up in formation with the rest of his team and they begin doing warm-up drills on the freshly-glossed basketball court.
Archery Coach Helps Fellow Wounded Warriors Adapt to 'New Normal' -
How adaptive sports promote healing for a coach and his athletes
While deployed to Iraq in 2005 as a wheeled-vehicle mechanic, Army Staff Sgt. Jessie White had no way of knowing the blast from an improvised-explosive device would change his life forever.
From Motorcycle Accident to Wounded Warrior Games -
A Seabee loses part of his leg and turns to adaptive sports
Life is an adventure with unexpected obstacles. The twists and turns people experience can drastically change their lives forever.
Plebes No More -
Class of 2020 Completes Iconic Herndon Climb
U.S. Naval Academy midshipmen from the Class of 2020 conquered the final hurdle of their freshman year during the annual Herndon Monument climb May 22.
Journey to Japan -
Food of the Far East
You're up for orders and there are opportunities for you to be stationed almost any place around the globe. One such place is Japan.
Journey to Japan -
A Sailor's love of martial arts
You're up for orders and there are several opportunities for you to be stationed almost any place around the globe. One such place is Japan.
Happy Birthday, Naval Aviation -
Four Key Moments in the Early History of Naval Flight
A hastily constructed 120-foot platform stretched off the hulking cruiser USS Pennsylvania (ACR 4), forming a crude runway high above the choppy waters of the San Francisco Bay.
The Suez Canal -
Five Things You Should Know
The sun hasn't yet peaked over the horizon, but ships are already busy with life readying to transit one of the engineering marvels of the sea: The Suez Canal.
Fueling the fleet
Without blood pumping, animals can't live. Without fuel, aircraft don't fly. Take a firsthand look at the "grapes" aboard USS Dwight D. Eisenhower (CVN 69) as they conduct fueling operations at sea.
The Final Test -
COMPTUEX aboard USS George H.W. Bush
Composite training unit exercise, or COMPTUEX, is the last task between a ship's crew and finally setting sail for deployment.
Convoy Security Element -
Training Together, Protecting Each Other
It's four in the morning at Camp Shelby, Miss., and Builder Constructionman Richard Starcher wakes up to beeps from his watch. He rubs his tired eyes and glances over at his gear.
Forging Ahead: -
From First Class to the Deck Plates
Being a leader is a never ending process of growth and development. In the 124 years of the chief petty officer rank, good leadership is one key to molding good Sailors.
Punching Back -
Sailor shaped by service, boxing applies mindset of fighter to life
When asked who he is, Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Benjamin Dobbs uses two words: Sailor and fighter.
Providing Aid and Care Around the World -
The floating hospital
It stands taller than a 10-story building, its towering white hull casting a shadow wherever it sails. Beneath the skin, the 894-foot vessel is virtually indistinguishable from a modern medical facility with 1,000 hospital beds and 12 operating rooms.
No Beach Out Of Reach -
Assault Craft Unit 5
The image is iconic: Marines pouring ashore, emerging from choppy waves to secure a beachhead in the name of freedom.
From Monk to Buddhist Chaplain -
Returning home to serve two nations
Curiosity led a young novice monk, Aroon Seeda, towards a site where U. S. Marines had set-up camp.
Warfighter Performance -
Improving warfighting capabilities at the Naval Health Research Center
The heat and humidity cling to the Sailor like a wet blanket, his uniform blouse soaked in sweat.
Land Stitchers -
The Navy-Marine Corps team bridging gaps at Camp Pendleton
From the earliest days of each branch's inception, to the island-hopping of World War II, the jungles of Vietnam, and still today, the Navy and Marine Corps have worked side-by-side bridging gaps between each service's unique culture and mission.
More Sweat, Less Blood -
Corpsmen undergo hyper-realistic training
"Medic! Medic! Someone help: I can't feel my legs! Help me please!"
Wet Or Dry -
Sally Ride's labs support 'super' science
Standing in the lab of the research vessel Sally Ride, Ana Sirovic and Joe Warren hunched over a three-foot-long echosounder like surgeons evaluating a patient. The yellow echosounder, resembling a cylindrical canister, had spent five months submerged under nearly 1,000 feet of Pacific Ocean and required immediate attention.
In the Jungles of Cambodia -
Looking towards the future and remembering the past
As the Seabee 75th Anniversary approaches, Builder Constructionman Glenn Vaca from Naval Mobile Construction Battalion (NMCB) 5 remembers the past and looks towards the future as they help build facilities in the Svay Rieng Province in Cambodia.
The Navy's Indoor Ocean -
Indoor Wave Pool Helps Navy Researchers Design Cutting-Edge Warships
Roaring waves from all corners of the map come together under one roof with the promise to reveal age-old seagoing secrets in the Maneuvering and Seakeeping Basin (MASK) at Naval Surface Warfare Center (NSWC) Carderock, Maryland.
5 Things You Need to Know: -
The Navy is ever changing, from command leadership to new NAVADMINs and new programs that are launched to improve not just the fleet, but individual Sailors. One such program is Sailor 2025.
Can Do In Cambodia -
Seabees help improve a community
As the Cambodian sun pours down on the already sweat-drenched Seabees, they continue to push on, knowing their efforts will not be in vain. They are on a mission to do whatever it takes to complete a new facility for the Sromo Primary School in Svay Rieng Province, Cambodia.
Improved Flame Resistant Variant Coverall, Announced and Approved -
USFF Announces Approval of Improved Flame Resistant Variant (IFRV) Coverall
Commander, U.S. Fleet Forces (USFF) announced the authorization of the Improved Flame Resistant Variant (IFRV) coverall as an approved fleet organizational clothing item Jan. 19 via ALFLTFORCOM/ALPACFLT 191900Z JAN 17.
Strength in Unity -
Sailors and Marines and Alligator Dagger
The roar of LCACs approach the desert beaches of Djibouti, Africa. Moments later dozens of Marines and equipment exit and scramble over sand and rocks away from the beach.
Together Again -
A Sailor and Marine reunite
Small towns exist all over the country, and each is as different as the states they occupy. For many small towns, leaving to serve your country after high school is a high point of pride.
The Allen Special -
More than just a haircut
For most, going to the barbershop isn't an out of the ordinary experience. Day in and day out, service members trek to the barbershop to stay within Navy grooming regulations.
All Aboard The Snowball Express: -
Christmas comes early for gold star families
Where is your dad? What does he do? Where does he live?
Men of Iron -
Continuing a family legacy beneath the waves
Heat, humidity and chlorine hang in the air like a thick blanket and the flip-flop and intermittent squeak of flip flops echo down the hall.
Embracing Change -
The pre-Socratic Greek philosopher Heraclitus once said "Nothing is permanent, but change," and mid-19th century writer Arnold Bennett said "Any change, even for the better, is always accompanied by drawbacks and discomforts."
The New Shark in the Water -
UUVs are the future of the fleet
Click, clack, snap - the cases are unlocked, revealing one of the Navy's newest technologies. With the sun peaking over the pines, this place seems innocuous, but it is the future of underwater warfighting.
Howard Powered -
Sailors live up to ship's namesake
In 1967, Staff Sgt. Jimmie Howard was awarded the Congressional Medal of Honor for the courage he displayed on the night of June 15, 1966.
Notes in a Lunchbox -
The love of a mother
Her day starts well before the sun comes up. Kids are still asleep, she moves through a silent house getting ready. The smell of coffee is in the air, her children's clothes are already laid out, and she checks the calendar one last time to make sure everything for the week is planned out.
Escape From Below: -
Pressurized Submarine Escape Trainer
This is a place where no light enters and only the creatures of the deep thrive, it is the deep, dark, cold, crushing depths of the world's oceans, this is the home of the Navy's "silent service."
Riverine Force Protection: -
Protecting the Navy's Silent Service
White waves froth as a Navy submarine cuts through the water making its way toward the open ocean. Three small boats bob in the swells, over a dozen sets of eyes are on the surrounding area, weapons at the ready to protect this multi-billion dollar Navy asset and her crew.
Senior Enlisted Academy -
Active and Reserve Duty Sailors now attend the same class
The Navy Senior Enlisted Academy (SEA) provides senior enlisted leaders education in communication skills, leadership and management, national security affairs, Navy programs, and physical fitness.
Committed to the Deep: -
Carl Vinson honors the dead in burial at sea
"We are gathered today to honor the final wishes of former service members and their families by conducting military honors for committal at sea upon USS Carl Vinson."
Eyes in the Dark: -
Navy Dive Helmet Display Emerges as Game-Changer
The once-ribbing term "four-eyes" now secures a coolness factor, thanks to a team of Navy engineers who have developed a high-resolution, see-through, heads-up display embedded directly inside a KM-37 Navy dive helmet to keep its users safer, more efficient and more effective underwater.
Navy Experimental Dive Unit: -
Testing Pools, Chambers Put Humans, Gear to the Test
On a high ledge in the corner of a 12-foot deep test pool containing some 33,000 gallons of 40-degree water sits an unfinished Sudoku puzzle.
Anchored Together: -
Military spouses earn chief anchors together
For chief petty officer selectees, completing their extensive six-week Navy and chief heritage training is reason enough for celebration, but to complete the process alongside a husband or wife is a special event not often seen during CPO 365 Phase II.
Chief Petty Officer Legacy Academy: -
History, Heritage and Tradition
The first week of August had first class petty officers on their toes with their palms sweating with anticipation, thoughts running wild and with their hearts beating faster than usual.
Warships in Hollywood -
Inaugural LA Fleet Week comes to a close
The Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Wayne E. Meyer (DDG 108), amphibious assault ship USS America (LHA 6) and 170 embarked Marines from I Marine Expeditionary Force, departed the Port of Los Angeles, Sept. 6, bringing the inaugural Los Angeles Fleet Week to a close.
A Crew's Book -
One Sailor puts the art back into documentation
For centuries, Sailors have documented their travels. From decorating sea shells and sea chests, to tattoos decorating human chests, Sailors have found a way to recall their ports of call.
Four Years at Sea -
Sailor completes five back-to-back sea tours
"Sailors belong at sea." We as Sailors have heard that phrase many times throughout our career. However the long hours, deployments, work-ups and maintenance of sea duty can take a toll on even the saltiest Sailor.
Lucky Number 13 -
MCPON Michael Stevens prepares to retire
Thirteen has been a lucky number for the Navy. As Master Chief Petty Officer of the Navy Mike D. Stevens, the Navy's 13th MCPON, gets ready to retire, the legacy he is leaving behind will continue to thrive.
A Hero with No Powers! -
A Sailor encourages children through reading
Sailors have many options to spend the little free time they get on deployment; they can play video games or watch movies, but Hospital Corpsman 2nd Class Alex Perez uses his precious minutes to make children's books for his family.
Summer Isn't Over Yet -
Summer is in full swing around the globe. From surfing the Pacific swells off the coast of Southern California to hiking across the lava flows of Kilauea Volcano in Hawaii, Sailors have endless ways to enjoy the summer weather.
Pride and Legacy -
Two generations of Navy women
In May 2015, 95-year-old Jean Marie Dorn Lowman wanted nothing more than to see her granddaughter, Midshipman 1st Class Amber Lowman, graduate from the U.S. Naval Academy and toss her cap high in the sky.
Comstock Departs the Yards on Schedule -
A team effort that led to completion
Amphibious dock landing ship USS Comstock (LSD 45) gently rocked off the coast of Southern California as the ship's crew crowded onto the mess decks.
Chattanooga Remembers -
A city's resolve strengthened in the wake of tragedy
One year ago shots cut the Chattanooga, Tennessee air like a knife as an active shooter made his way through the city's Armed Forces Career Center.
5 Things You Need To Know -
Summer is not only known for warmer weather and school vacations, it's also known as the permanent change-of-station (PCS) season, where Sailors make more PCS moves than any other time of year.
Wargames in the Pacific -
Just over 4,000 miles off the coast of California, crystal blue waters part in a wave of foam as a warship cuts a path toward a group of Pacific islands. Ships bearing the flags of Australia, Japan and many others join the U.S. in Pearl Harbor for RIMPAC (Rim of the Pacific) 2016.
Paws from the Heart -
Caring Angels Therapy Dogs
The click click of nails across the floor, dogs panting and a cheerful, yet powerful voice giving commands can be heard as you head up the stairs of a converted barn.
Warrior Games 2016 -
Grit, sweat and medals
The 2016 Warrior Games kicked off at West Point, New York, pitting wounded, ill and injured service members and veterans from all branches of the military against each other.
'Through Endurance We Conquer' -
An American officer's journey with the Royal Navy
The waves crashed and the wind howled, freezing the crew and filling the air with a roaring din which drowned out our shouts and commands. I clung to the mast with one arm whilst standing on the winch drum, pulling down the mainsail.
Around the Blind Curve -
Motorcyclist recounts story of almost losing his leg
He tries hard to think back on that day. He tries hard to remember. He knows he was heading back to work. He turned into a blind curve and there was a car on his side of the road.
Hull Technicians Hone Their Skills -
MARMC welds the Navy's finest
With sparks flying, loud bangs of steel colliding and screeches from metal grinding, a hardened chief tightens his lips, slightly resembling a smile, as he sips his morning coffee.
TOPGUN, Top School -
The Movie TOP GUN Marks 30th Year Anniversary
When you hear the term "Top Gun," you probably picture a young Tom Cruise in a flight suit, giving a thumbs-up on a movie poster. Or perhaps you remember that epic flyby or fighter jets blasting through the sky on the big screen.
SMWDC: Surface Warfare Officers' Top Gun -
The Movie TOP GUN Marks 30th Year Anniversary
Aviator sunglasses, slick-looking jets, and intense training are some of the things that may come to mind when thinking of the movie that made the young pilot, Maverick, and the Navy's elite Fighter Weapons School, (or more specifically, the "Navy Strike Fighter Tactics Instructor" program, or SFTI) famous.
Azure blue waters lapping onto warm beaches stretching a spectrum of colors, from a silky smooth pearl white to the blackest of black, stretching as far as the eye can see. Peaks of long extinct volcanoes cut through the vibrant green landscape. Welcome to Hawaii.
Flooding, Flooding, Flooding -
Flooding meets its match
Ships have an uncanny ability to either save your life or end it.
Navy Emphasizes Motorcycle Safety To Riders -
As summer approaches, some Sailors begin to dust off their motorcycle helmets and prepare to start riding again.
An increase of motorcycle riders in the warmer seasons can bring a potential increase in motorcycle accidents.
To Go Or Not To Go ... To The Senior Enlisted Academy -
Perspective from an Active Duty and a Reserve Sailor
Senior enlisted leaders blog about their experiences at the Senior Enlisted Academy.
The Fab Lab -
Repairs at sea have never been easier
Printing capabilities have been around for a long time. Pictures and documents can be produced in record time.
Workout Is Real Hit -
Sailors aboard USS John C. Stennis find a creative way to stay fit
Beads of sweat hit the deck as energetic music pumps in the background. Sailors throw a jab followed by a swift hook, all in perfect unison.
Fleet CPO Training Team Keeps Leaders on Course -
Navy takes another step in developing leaders
"If we want to have the greatest Navy in the world, we must have the greatest leaders in the world," said Master Chief Petty Officer of the Navy (MCPON) Mike Stevens.
Election Season Do's and Don'ts -
5 things every Sailor should know
As service members and representatives of the U.S. Navy it is important to understand what is appropriate behavior during election season. The following guidelines are here to help you actively participate in the political process in a way that adheres to Navy core values.
Can You Pass the Test? -
MCPON proposes changes to the PRT
Fire! Fire! Fire! Class Charlie Fire!
A Sinking Feeling -
The Dunk Tank
All at once the helicopter crashed. Water immediately began rushing in. A quickened heart rate and complete darkness led to a sinking feeling, literally - and the confusion was intense. Which way is up the pilot thought to himself. What are my options?
Navy's 6th MCPON Passes Away -
Honoring the legacy of MCPON William "Bill" Plackett
Retired Master Chief Petty Officer of the Navy (MCPON) William "Bill" H. Plackett died peacefully the evening of March 4. He was 78.
A Humble Hero -
Exclusive interview with Medal of Honor recipient
Senior Chief Ed Byers is a humble guy. He has a soft-spoken demeanor that screams "humility."
NMPS Offers Entertainment at Sea -
Movies from Millington to the fleet
Anyone who has been on deployment can attest to the fact that the ships on the water get some pretty good movies.
Nimitz Hockey -
The Old Salts
The puck drops, and the game is on. The hard rubber disc, like ice when frozen, can be a deadly projectile when shot too hard amongst the sticks on the ice.
A Cautionary Tale: -
The aftermath of a night of drinking and driving
Sailors are repeatedly warned of the dangers of drinking and driving. Sitting through briefs, whether it's aboard the ship before a long holiday weekend or before a visit to some exotic foreign port, Sailors are reminded to know their limits and use caution when consuming alcohol.
Farewell to Kyle -
Forever at sea
I've never had to bury a shipmate, but today I witnessed a crew come together and bid a heartfelt farewell to Master Chief Boatswain's Mate Kyle Sutton.
Waiting for a Rating -
One Sailor's awakening to a new calling
Bulkheads shake and rattle, the sound of jets taking off the flight deck as USS Nimitz cuts through the water leaving a white wake in its path.
Protecting the Endangered -
PMRF continues to fight for the species on Kauai
Located on the lush and quiet island of Kauai is the world's largest instrumented multi-environmental range, Pacific Missile Range Facility Barking Sands (PMRF). PMRF simultaneously supports surface, subsurface, air and space training and testing operations.
World Master Chef -
Singapore Sailor becomes one of the elites
Culinary Specialist 1st Class Sean Zugsmith was selected by the World Master Chefs Society to receive the Master Chefs Diploma of Culinary Excellence in December, becoming only the fourth active-duty enlisted service member to receive the honor in the history of the Department of Defense.
Bittersweet Goodbyes -
Last S-3 Viking leaves U.S. Navy Service
After more than 40 years of service, the last S-3B Viking in U.S. Navy service launched one last time from the runway at Naval Base Ventura County, Point Mugu, Jan. 11.
A New Home -
CNFK moves off base and into Busan
The streets are still damp with rain left the night before. As apartment lights begin to pierce the night sky, dawn is still hours away but the city of Busan is waking up.
Strength Through Separation -
Twin siblings deal with separation at boot camp
After spending 19 years together at one another's side, twin siblings Seaman Recruit Savannah Sturgis and Seaman Recruit Joseph Sturgis found motivation in their separation during boot camp at Recruit Training Command (RTC), Great Lakes.
The Away Team -
A SNOOPIE story
"This is the TAO, away the SNOOPIE team! Away!"
First in its Class -
Nimitz paves way for NAMTS future
Undergoing extended maintenance in the shipyard can be a trying time for any ship and her crew. The long days, paired with dangerous, stressful working conditions can be a challenging combination.
Training for Sea While Ashore -
Simulator keeps Bush Sailors proficient during yard period
While USS George H.W. Bush (CVN 77) (GHWB) carries on with its Planned Incremental Availability (PIA) period in Norfolk Naval Shipyard, one of the many adjustments the ship's crew continues to overcome is a sudden lack of practical, hands-on training for the navigation team aboard the now stationary ship.
Midshipmen Set Sail in Military Bowl -
Navy wins in record fashion
The U. S. Naval Academy Midshipmen squared off on the gridiron against the University of Pittsburg Panthers at the 8th Annual Military Bowl at the Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium presented by Northrop Grumman.
Women Wanted for RDC Duty -
With an increase in job openings for women, RTC needs more female role models
The Navy hasn't been quiet about its need for female Recruit Division Commanders. Since 2010 the Navy has been pushing hard for more women to make their way to Recruit Training Command (RTC) Great Lakes and into leadership positions.
MARMC's Fab Lab Helps Sailors Get Creative -
CS2 goes from kitchen creations to building an MP3 player
When Culinary Specialist (CS) 2nd Class Kirstene Edwards, assigned to Mid-Atlantic Regional Maintenance Center (MARMC), found out she was selected for Fab Lab training, she was both happy and scared.
These Tears Build Confidence -
Recruit Training Command's confidence chamber
The fear was real. Recruits have been going through the process since the early 1900s. Yet, that did not ease their anxiety.
An Unbroken Spirit -
Still part of the Navy family
It was after a snow storm when Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Laurie Wood saw her 9-year-old son outside. She peered out the window to see him scraping snow and ice from the wheel chair ramp leading up to their Norfolk home.
Balance, Bonding and Expectations -
One mother's advice for military parents
Finally, the day had come! The end of the seven month deployment was here! I was so anxious to finally pull in to see my husband and kids on the pier. I had seen all of the sappy commercials and television shows about homecomings and spent 210 days envisioning ours.
Easing Into Weapons -
The guns may be a simulation, but the effects are very real
At Recruit Training Command (RTC), Sailors are learning a skill that can potentially save not only their life but many other lives as well. That skill is learning how to aim and fire a gun. While it's hopeful that they will never have to use it, it's also a terrifying reality being in the military.
Tribute to the Fallen: Wreaths Across America -
Remembering sacrifices this holiday season
A brisk wind rustles up fallen leaves and sweeps past the marble headstones of Arlington National Cemetery.
Cutting the Light Bill -
Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickham uses solar energy to power the base
Enough sunlight hits the earth's surface in 1.5 hours to power the entire world's electricity consumption for a year.
Honor and Balsam: Wreaths Across America -
Remembering the sacrifices veterans gave to our nation
Nestled in the tiny old seafaring New England village of Columbia Falls, Maine, lies a forest of over 5,000 acres of Balsam fir trees.
On Pins and Needles -
Boot camp recruits get their immunizations during P-Days
How does your world's greatest Navy become the top nautical fighting force the world has ever seen? It all begins with a shot.
USS New York BB 34, LPD 21: Generations Apart but Forever Bound -
Two Sailors talk of the difference 70 years makes
It's early December 1944. The United States has left three years of war in its wake since the surprise attack at Pearl Harbor.
The Arizona - Hawaii's Ocean Front Property -
Memorial draws more than 1.8 million visitors a year
The Seabees said it best when they sang "and we promise to remember, the 7th of December."
Make em' Laugh -
Petty Officer launches viral videos
Some of you know him as Chalee Jr. His friends and family know him as Tank. But most of his military brothers and sisters know him as the dude from the facebook videos.
Destination NSA Bahrain -
The west inside the east
It's time to transfer. The last three months have been spent in cold, wet Bremerton, Washington, and you are hoping for something different - Warm weather, nice beaches, history-rich museums, lavish shopping and the occasional sand storm.
Chaplains at Sea -
Providing for the spiritual needs of the crew
Flames flicker on clean white candles, Sailors shuffle through rows of pews to get a seat, and F/A-18 Super Hornets slam down on the flight deck ten feet above.
Team Searches for Vanished U.S. - Flagged Vessel -
Joint team searches for El Faro
Working around the clock, an ad hoc civilian-military team goes to great lengths, and depths to find the sunken merchant vessel El Faro.
Side by Side -
CTG 56.1 Dives with Bahrain Coast Guard
Explosive Ordnance Disposal technicians engage in missions that take them to all environments, and every climate, in every part of the world. They perform land and underwater location, identification, render-safe and recovery (or disposal) of foreign and domestic ordnance.
The Power of the Sun -
NAVFAC Hawaii is using the sun to heat water
Last year, over 10 million megawatt hours of energy were sold by Hawaii electric utilities and more than 46 million barrels of petroleum were imported for Hawaii's total energy use.
Electric Vehicles Produce Their Own Energy -
Navy Green Energy
With gas prices hovering around $2 a gallon and environmental concerns on the horizon, most people are looking for ways to cut back on energy and reduce fuel consumption. The Navy is no different.
Planting the Seed -
Natick tests hydroponic farming
Don Holman was raised on a farm in Michigan and served 30 years in the Navy, which makes him a perfect fit to help test whether American warships could one day grow their own fresh vegetables.
Hidden in Plain Sight -
The Art and Science of Ship Camouflage
When it comes to color on a ship these days, it's like Henry Ford's famous quip: You can have any color as long as it's haze gray.
Zom-BEES Haunt Hawaii -
Hawaii Seabees open annual haunted warehouse to service members and families
Hawaii may not seem like a very scary place to visit, but somewhere on Pearl Harbor there is a butcher wearing the dead carcass of a pig's head, and he's scaring the locals.
Great Time for a Leap -
Leap Frogs perform at K-BAY
The Leap Frogs are the U.S. Navy's parachute demonstration team.
Building Wooden Ships -
Master builder takes pride in building history
Bob Duncan has been building models since he was 10 years old. At 93, not much has changed.
70 Year Journey Home -
Search remains for fallen Airmen
On February 28, 1945, with the end of the war in Europe only weeks away, an American B-24 Liberator headed down the runway for a mission to Northern Italy. Their target was the Isarco-Albes Railroad bridge, a conduit for German forces being rushed to battle to the south.
Bridging the Gap -
Bees Build Elevated Causeway in Virginia Beach
Amphibious Construction Battalion (PHIBCB) 1 and 2 along with other Naval Beach Group (NBG) 2 Seabees, constructed a portion of the Elevated Causeway System (ELCAS) in Virginia Beach, Va.
Chief Through it All -
Legalman honored in chief pinning ceremony
Aundra Howard sat in the first of 12 long rows of folding chairs, his Navy uniform meticulously pressed, family members sitting on his left and right.
Navy Divers Salvage F/A-18 -
The aircraft was lost at sea due to mechanical failure.
Navy divers and explosive ordnance disposal (EOD) technicians assigned to Commander, Task Group (CTG) 56.1 salvaged an F/A-18 Super Hornet aircraft from the sea floor in the U.S. 5th Fleet area of operations, July 22, 2015.
Unmanned Force Protection: Iver 3 -
EOD Community Deploys Sub-Surface Unmanned Vehicles
Unmanned vehicles. It's a phrase very much of our times conjuring images of a sky filled with drone aircraft of various sizes and shapes.
Operation Hele On -
Operation Hele On defines mission readiness for youth
It's no secret that military children have anything but a typical childhood.
Walking Backward -
A Sailor Walks You Through His Typical Day at the Pentagon
Seaman Nathan Winn walks an average of five miles backward every day.
Joe Nose Stress -
Hospital employee takes "paws" to identify people in need
Ambling down the hall of his new duty station, Cmdr. Joe draws a lot of attention from patients and staff despite his best efforts to go unnoticed.
From High School Friends to Navy Chiefs -
Grade School Buddies Reunite at SERMC, Pin on Anchors
Juan Chumpitaz and Jerieric (pronounced "Jerry-Eric") Hall Pringle met in grade school, the summer before sixth grade to be exact. They can't remember exactly how they met, but think it may have been a fight.
Fitness Instructor Takes PT to Another Level -
Master Chief Kyuuca-Ali Simpson pushes his Hawaii Sailors further with Total Body Fit.
With speakers blasting the latest hip tunes in the early morning at Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam, one certified fitness instructor is taking Navy physical training (PT) to another level. But this is no ordinary fitness instructor.
The Sweet Sound of Retirement: Life After the Navy -
Retired Master Chief Musician advises Sailors on how to live a full and happy life outside of the military.
Nestled away in the little town of Edgewater, Maryland, a retired Navy musician's mate is doing the only thing he's ever known how to do and ever wanted to do, work with music.
Navy vs. Navy -
Sailors Play Sports Down Under
As he stands on the sidelines, his limber gait attempting to work a worn path into the synthetic field, the bright, white sun is gleaming through a clear, oceanic blue sky.
All Navy Sports - Another Way to Serve -
Service member, Sailor, and Soccer Player
"Why did you join the Navy?" is a question Sailors hear throughout their career. Often and in addition to "for money for school, a sense of purpose, or to do something with my life", the response is simply "to serve."
New program shows Sailors how to InterAct -
Theater opens the curtain on sexual assault
"How dare you embarrass me in front of my friends," Matt shouted at Ashley.
E-mail Phishing Scams -
5 things you need to know
You get to work, attend quarters and head to your computer. With a fresh cup of coffee you open your email.
Navy Chaplains Offer Support at Memorial -
Loss of Chattanooga Military Men Felt By Entire Community
A slow march of visitors lined around a blend of American flags, patriotic balloons, and makeshift signs with messages written to the fallen at the memorial outside the Armed Forces Recruiting Center in Chattanooga, Tennessee.
I'd Link to That -
Unofficial U.S. Navy Information and Resource Training Site
In 2001, Lt. Kelly Beamsley had a crazy idea. He decided to be a Navy Reserve recruiter in Fort Worth, Texas. But bringing a member into the Navy, he quickly realized, was the easy part. The hard part was what he could now do to support this member.
Digging Up the Past -
Salvaging CSS Georgia
Sailors from Mobile Diving and Salvage Unit (MDSU) 2 and Explosive Ordnance Disposal Mobile Unit (EODMU) 6, along with Naval History and Heritage Command and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, are diving the Savannah River to salvage the Civil War ironclad CSS Georgia.
TR Mustangs: Earning It -
Going Up in Rank the Hard Way
Rucking through the mountains of Afghanistan, scrubbing elbow deep in a scullery sink, recovering aircraft on the flight deck of a carrier in the world's greatest Navy - the life of an enlisted Sailor is filled with views from the peaks of success and even valleys of failure.
The Bootcamp Buzz -
RTC barbers at the cutting edge of boot camp
Though recruits face many uncertainties upon first arriving to Recruit Training Command, the Navy's only boot camp, there's one thing of which the males can be certain: They will get their heads shaved.
On Hallowed Ground -
CG 64 Sailors honor their ship's namesake
"We cannot escape history." Although these words were uttered by President Abraham Lincoln during his annual message to Congress on December 1, 1862, this message rang true for Sailors from the Ticonderoga-class guided-missile cruiser USS Gettysburg (CG 64) during their trip to Gettysburg, Pa.
From Murph: The Protector to USS Michael Murphy: The Destroyer -
A decade later, we still remember
"We had positioned ourselves in an area where we thought no one was going to walk on top of us," said Petty Officer Marcus Luttrell, as he describes Operation Red Wings, which took place June 28, 2005 and killed three of his teammates including Lt. Michael Murphy. "And sure enough, about two hours later, they did."
An Honest Talk About PMS -
Planned Maintenance System struggles and how you can help
BLUF: Experts are revamping the PMS process, but need review and input from experienced Sailors. They are standing by for feedback.
Flotilla of Forces in Nordic-Baltic -
The annual maritime excercie BALTOPS (Baltic Operations) is in its 43 iteration and bigger than ever. With 49 ships, 69 aircraft, and a submarine involved, naval and amphibious warfighting is back as a centerpiece of the exercise.
Xbox K9 -
NRL Video Game Could Help Dog Handlers Train for Detecting IEDs, Illegal Drugs
Adam Moses is practicing dog command gestures with an Xbox Kinect in his office at the U.S. Naval Research Laboratory (NRL). On the screen in front of him, a virtual Labrador dog obediently moves through an empty desert village; together, they're trying to locate a buried improvised explosive device (IED).
Underwater Recovery Team Searches for Aviators Lost in Vietnam War -
An underwater recovery team is in Northern Vietnam searching for the remains of two naval aviators who are believed to have crashed into the Gulf of Tonkin during the Vietnam War.
Power in Partnership -
National Guard Green Berets partner with Navy/Coast Guard
Members of the Army National Guard's 3rd Battalion, 20th Special Forces Group (Airborne) worked hand in hand with members of the US Navy and US Coast Guard while conducting training at Naval Station Mayport, Florida.
Unknown No More -
First four burials for USS Oklahoma former unknowns
Dozens of men killed during the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor are one step closer to finally going home. The first four caskets of the USS Oklahoma unknowns have been laid to rest.
SPAWAR is Changing the Game on Virtual Reality -
Turning Hollywood movie technology into the modern Sailor's reality
Standing in a dimly lit room in front of a television laid on its back, a pair of 3D glasses causes a robotic hand to rise up out of the screen. Like Tony Stark playing with his many gadgets in the newest superhero movie, the user turns the hand over with a stylus.
USNS Comfort Community Relations -
Making Smiles Through Generations
USNS Comfort's primary mission is to provide an afloat, mobile, acute surgical medical facility to the U.S. military that is flexible, capable and uniquely adaptable to support expeditionary warfare.
Racks are still available on World War II ships -
70 years later a shipfitter is reunited
In October, my wife asked me if I could help locate an old ship in Pearl Harbor as a favor for someone at work. A work associate was friends with a lady whose father served in WWII as a Shipfitter 3rd Class on a ship that she believed was still in service and located in Hawaii.
Navy Week links Trailblazers -
Different Era, Same Passion
When Mary Melson joined the Navy's Women Accepted for Volunteer Emergency Service, or WAVES, program May 4, 1944, the now 91-year-old woman wasn't thinking about blazing a trail, raising the glass ceiling or strengthening women's civil rights - she just wanted to be in the Navy.
Future of the Fleet: eSailor Initiative -
Navy testing tablets at bootcamp
Change is happening at Recruit Training Command (RTC). Today's recruits, born into the millennial generation, are quickly adapting to this new implementation. Change is in their hands... literally.
Pulling Their Weight: Anchor and Chain -
Nimitz Sailors prove their mettle
The Boatswain's Mates of USS Nimitz (CVN 68) are making history, as they become the first team of Sailors to remove the anchor and chain of an aircraft carrier rather than contracting the work out to civilians.
Nano Satellites -
Space and Naval Warfare Systems Center Pacific (SSC Pacific) Series
Sputnik. The name alone evokes images of a bygone, atomic era: set to a soundtrack of post-war rockabilly, the world seemed to broadcast itself in Technicolor, and mankind was taking the first meaningful steps into the final frontier.
Call me a Nuclear Engineer -
The hardest training you've never heard of
Most Sailors have heard the stories about Naval Nuclear Power School and the follow on prototype training, the initial gateway through which all nuclear personnel in the Navy must pass: study hours spent pouring over intricate and complex materials, detailed and challenging written and oral examinations.
Continuing Promise 2015 -
CP-15 Crew Completes Mission Stop in Guatemala
Military Sealift Command hospital ship, USNS Comfort (T-AH 20), departed Guatemala May 1 after completing a nine-day mission stop in support of Continuing Promise 2015 (CP-15).
Keep What You've Earned -
This month and every month
Did you know that one in five heavy drinkers in the Navy has experienced serious consequences as a result of drinking ? Although April Alcohol Awareness Month is coming to a close, responsible drinking is a year-round priority for the Navy.
It's On Us to Stop Sexual Assault -
5 Things Every Sailor Should Know About SAAPM
Sea-Air-Space Expo Celebrates 50 Years -
In January, Secretary of the Navy Ray Mabus established Task Force Innovation designed to reach out to Sailors, Marines, and civilians to harness the creative energy they have. The goal was to infuse those ideas into the Navy and its operations in order to ensure naval preeminence for the foreseeable future.
Once Enemies, Now Friends -
70th Anniversary of Iwo Jima Brings Survivors Back to the Island
The Battle of Iwo Jima during World War II absorbed tens of thousands of lives. Nearly 7,000 Americans and 22,000 Japanese died in the 36 days of fighting. Although the island currently has no permanent residents, the remains of thousands of American and Japanese soldiers still inhabit the Island.
The Eyesmith -
Dotting Eyes, Crossing Teeth
If eyes are the mirrors of the soul, then Louis Gilbert is a soul maker. From his dental laboratory at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center he is busy; creating handmade, lifelike prosthetic eyes that would make any soul proud.
Retired Sailor Returns for Promotion of a Lifetime -
Boatswain's Mate advanced to honorary CPO
When retired Navy Boatswain's Mate 1st Class Jim Castaneda arrived on Ford Island at Pearl Harbor he was under the impression he and his fellow brothers and sisters in the Navy Wounded Warrior-Safe Harbor program were attending a ceremony honoring the 2015 Wounded Warrior Pacific Trials being held in Hawaii.
Developing Foreign Partnerships -
CSCS trains domestic and foreign fleets
Just south of the District of Columbia, in Dahlgren, Virginia, sits the Center for Surface Combat Systems (CSCS). Its main focus is developing and delivering surface ship combat systems training to both domestic and foreign fleets.
NMCB 4 Builds Partnerships -
Naval Mobile Construction Battalion 4's Construction Civic Action Detail consists of a small group of Sailors currently working on the Island of Cebu, Philippines.
Training for a Dream Job -
Determined Corpsmen Implement Dive Motivator Program
It's 5 a.m. and the summer sunrise is gradually warming the waterfront near Naval Hospital Bremerton (NHB) as an active group of Sailors gathered on the grass in that early morning sun, each with a dedicated sense of purpose intent on their physical training task.
Sisters in Service -
MIDN 1/C Gee Mi Jorde and MIDN 4/C Gee Yong Jorde
In the summer of 2011 Gee Mi Jorde joined the military. More specifically she was accepted to the United States Naval Academy. Three years later her sister, Gee Yong Jorde was also accepted.
SPAWAR's Laser Lab
It's easy to get lost and mesmerized amongst the spectrum of colors bouncing off the mirrors in the photonics lab at Space and Naval Warfare Systems Center Pacific (SSC Pacific). The hypnotic colors reflected are, in fact, lasers and the kaleidoscopic light show is the future of data transmission.
Patuxent River NAWCAD Purple Heart Recipient -
HM3's account of surviving an IED blast
"I remember loading up in the truck and the next thing I know I'm seeing dust at my feet, my ears are ringing and I'm seeing dust everywhere," said Hospital Corpsman 3rd Class Robert Scott Elder.
A Dream Made Real -
A Sailor's Seven Year Voyage to Commissioning
Christina was having a routine morning. Medical was a little busy because it was a periodic health assessment (PHA) day. Thirty to fifty Sailors were standing in line anxiously waiting for lab techs like Christina to draw their blood.
Pass This Copy Along -
Celebrating Two Years of All Hands Magazine Online
Budget. The sound of that word can be daunting, knowing that restrictions and tightening-up are just around the corner. For All Hands Magazine in 2011, it was a death sentence.
The Navy Reserve: 100 Years and Counting -
Ready then, ready now, ready always
"I never thought one weekend a month and two weeks a year could turn into 24 hours a day and 365 days a year so fast," said Cryptographic Technician (Technical) 1st Class Bobby Fleetwood.
Turning a Nightmare into a Good Dream -
A Sailor's Quest to Write His Own Story
It is the summer of 1997. Temperatures are in the 90s and there is a slight wind blowing. Children are playing in the streets in the city of Columbus, Ohio.
Happy 100th Navy Reserve -
Message from Vice Adm. Robin Braun to the Reserve Force
As we mark the Navy Reserve Centennial, I want to thank all of you who serve - Sailors, civilians and families. Over the past century, the Navy Reserve has made tremendous contributions in both peacetime and war.
The Battlefield Saints -
Some names omitted to protect identities
"What draws men in initially is, 'hey, ... I wanna jump, I wanna dive,'"said Chief Hospital Corpsman Danny Lang, a 2nd Marines Special Operations Battalion (MSOB) SARC.
Online 'Sextortion' Scheme Targets Service Members -
NCIS provides recommendations on how to avoid becoming a victim
While checking his Facebook account, a service member receives a friend request from a young, attractive female. The service member and female begin chatting online and subsequently exchange Skype contact information. Their online communication quickly transitions to a video chat, becoming sexual in nature...
Anchored in Service: A Hero Is Remembered -
One Navy SEAL continues his grandfather's legacy of military service
Most families have traits that are passed down through the generations. Often when people look at photos of their grandparents they can see where certain features came from. For better or worse it's usually Grandma or Grandpa who deserves thanks for some defining hallmark of appearance.
Under Pressure -
UCTs get a lesson in survival
We waded on the surface, raised our hands out of the water and made a hand gesture in the form of a peace-sign, signaling to the dive supervisor that we were ready to descend.
Naval Research Laboratory Designs Robot for Shipboard Firefighting -
S.A.F.F.I.R: Shipboard automated fire fighting robot
In both war and peacetime scenarios, fire in the shipboard environment is serious and frequently results in excessive damage and high repair costs because the fire is not detected or controlled adequately.
How the USS Abraham Lincoln Combats Sexual Assault -
Bystander intervention training
Capt. Ron Ravelo, commanding officer of Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN 72), held a two-day all hands call for Lincoln Sailors at Naval Station Norfolk, Jan. 21-22.
USS Shadwell: The Greatest Ship Never Known -
Out of the ashes into the fire
On the evening of January 24, 1945, about eight months before the end of World War II, USS Shadwell was sailing south of Siquijor Island in the Philippines when it was engaged by three enemy torpedo bombers.
USS Sampson: Replenishment at Sea -
What it takes to keep our Navy going
There are two ships running side-by-side. A fast-moving river of deep blue water rushes and churns between them. The moving ships maintain synchronized speeds and courses because pallets - stacked 5 feet high and carrying hundreds of pounds of supplies - are traveling across cables from one ship to another.
Presidential Sailor: White House Communications Agency Special Duty -
Coolest job in the Navy
Ever since reporting for duty at the White House Communications Agency, Chief Electronics Technician Tiffany Barber often finds herself retelling the moment she first met President Barack Obama.
Bradley Cooper Message to Service Members -
"What you're doing is allowing us to live the way we live"
The All Hands team got a chance to talk with Bradley Cooper, star of American Sniper, at the Navy Memorial during a Washington D.C. premiere. Check out the video from the interview and find the rest of the conversation below.
Surface Combat Systems Center Wallops Island -
The Navy's battle group in the sand
Atlantic, Va. is a zero-stoplight town. There are a few stop signs, but not much else to interrupt the bucolic setting. Small farms and even smaller businesses line the main drag, Route 679.
Donating Blood Really Can Make the Difference Between Life and Death -
The day a stranger saved my life
When I was pregnant with my second daughter, Clara, I was diagnosed with cervical cancer. I worried about my life and the life of my unborn daughter. There was never a choice for my husband and me as to whether we were going to continue on with the pregnancy, even though we knew the cancer could spread.
Part of the Search -
Sailors support the effort to search for Air Asia Flight #QZ8501
Naval Aircrewman 1st Class Joseph Jiardina, assigned to Helicopter Maritime Strike Squadron (HSM) 35, describes how he is supporting Air Asia Flight #QZ8501 search efforts and helping to bring closure to families affected by the tragedy.
Navy Cross presented to MARSOC Special Amphibious Reconnaissance Corpsman -
Corpsman lauded as hero
Heroism; bravery; valor: these are qualities which are defined and made familiar to Marines and Sailors alike upon entering the service.
Santa Delivers through Social Media -
One chief and her mission to make a difference
Chief Deidra Wright loves to bake. She bakes mostly for therapeutic purposes, which often leaves her with more food than she can eat.
Ike Sailors Aid Motorcycle Crash Victim -
Navy training lends to calm in the storm
When he tied his bootlaces and buttoned up his blouse that morning, Hospital Corpsman 1st Class Douglas M. Herbert had no idea that his seven years of rate training would be put to the test before he arrived at work.
Corpsmen Awarded for Life Saving Actions -
Sailors saving lives
Corpsmen are never off duty. They have to be ready for whatever, whenever. It was a whatever, whenever moment that came one night while two corpsmen were relaxing in their sleeping quarters.
Shift Colors: Class Offers Nimitz Sailors a New Perspective -
Arriving at the crossroads of good and poor decisions
Newton's third law of motion states that for every action, there is an equal and opposite reaction; the same might be true when it comes to making choices as well.
Navy Entomologists : More Than Just Bug Nerds -
Navy bug docs keep the creepy crawlies at bay
Bugs. Six-legged, eight-legged ... never a good surprise to find in a house. What usually induces a blood-curdling shriek from many draws a few bold, curious Sailors in like ... well ... a moth to a flame.
Documenting History Through the Eyes of Navy Photographers -
100 years, one moment
When a cook aboard USS Mississippi set foot on the shores of Naval Shipyard Pensacola in 1914, he had no idea that the photographs he took on his off-duty time would lay the groundwork for 100 years of Navy photography.
Orion Recovery a Success -
Highly integrated team of professionals recover crew module
After 42 years, NASA and the Navy are at it again. The Orion space capsule was recovered by Navy divers assigned to Explosive Ordnance Disposal Mobile Unit (EODMU) 11, Mobile Dive and Salvage Company 11-7 and the USS Anchorage. This is the first launch of this kind since the Apollo 17 mission more than four decades ago.
Navy Lauds Civilian Employers -
Job flexibility allows Reservists to thrive
Members of the civilian business community received a unique opportunity to witness firsthand the capabilities of the Navy during the 2014 Navy Employer Recognition Event (NERE), held at Joint Expeditionary Base (JEB) Little Creek.
The Sound of Music -
Navy Band is entertaining, educating and hiring
Musicians have a proud tradition and a rich history in the Navy. Starting in 1798 when the first ship was put to sea with a fifer and a drummer to present day, where Navy music has grown to 11 fleet bands, the Navy has kept pace to music.
In COD We Trust -
Celebrating 50 years of service to our country
A 6,000 foot runway is usually an adequate landing space for aircraft that weighs less than 200,000 pounds - and the C-2A clocks in at just fewer than 58k.
Only In America -
One man's journey from Hot Coffee to Scrambled Eggs
I was born in a small town called Hot Coffee, Miss. My father had five children by five different women; some of these children were older than my mother. My father, a hustler, was abusive. My mother would escape my father's abuse by visiting my grandparents' house to do laundry. One day, she decided to stay permanently.
The New Navy Standardized Addressing Format -
Four things you need to know
The Navy is changing mailing addresses for ships, afloat units, and ashore FPOs to improve service, reduce costs and get mail to service members more efficiently. The modifications will ultimately make the military mail system more compatible with the U.S. Postal Services management system. Here's what you need to know.
Concert for Valor -
A musical salute in our nation's capital
Sailors and military veterans were among the swarm of music fans who packed the National Mall in Washington, D.C., Tuesday for a free Veterans Day concert, bouncing to Rihanna, head-banging to Metallica and cheering anthems from Bruce Springsteen, Dave Grohl and other artists.
Miss Veteran America 2014 -
Navy vet takes top honors
Last fall, I received a phone call from a close friend prompting me to investigate the Ms. Veteran America competition. Initially, I disregarded his comments due to the objectification that typically accompanies beauty pageants.
Cooking for a Crowd -
CS1 cooks for the Rachael Ray show
When Culinary Specialist 1st Class Stephanie R. Cooper, USS Forrest Sherman, got the call the day before Halloween, she wasn't sure if it was a trick or a treat. Did Rachael Ray really want her to appear as a guest cook on her show?
Catching Lightning -
An F-35C Lightning II carrier variant Joint Strike Fighter (JSF) conducted it's first arrested landing aboard the USS Nimitz (CVN 68) Nov. 3
Navy test pilot Cmdr. Tony Wilson, assigned to Air Test and Evaluation Squadron (VX) 23, landed the F-35C test aircraft CF-73 at 12:17 p.m. on board Nimitz.
GW Chief Receives Bob Feller Act of Valor Award -
2nd annual award recognizes strong leadership
Senior Chief Aviation Electronics Technician(AW/SW/EXW/IDW) Carl M. Thompson of the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS George Washington's Aircraft Intermediate Maintenance Department could not have even dreamed that he would receive an award for simply living his life.
Bold Alligator 2014 -
What Google doesn't tell you
When I first checked onboard USS Kearsarge (LHD 3), I knew absolutely nothing about amphibious assault ships. I had never heard the term "Gator Navy," and I kept hearing about something called "Bold Alligator." To be honest, I wasn't all that interested.
Man's Best Friend -
Navy K-9 warrior talks about the bonds of war
They deployed together. Max and Salazar were a team. Though war brought with it incredible lows, these two stood side by side, Salazar on two legs, and Max on four.
Nuking It -
Navy lieutenant finds out what life is like in the nuclear field
Don't Nuke It. The phrase is often used by Sailors as a way to say stop over thinking things in the way a nuclear officer might. Don't dissect everything down to its nuts and bolts. Just stop thinking. But that's the thing; Sailors who are part of the nuclear Navy can't stop. They have no choice but to nuke it.
I Am Unconquered -
Invictus Games 2014
Every story is important, but sometimes, one can count themselves lucky to get assigned a story that resonates so intensely that it can change your outlook on life. In July I was chosen to be part of a team covering the Invictus Games taking place in London, England from Sept. 10 to 14.
A Fleet Made of Bricks -
A former naval architect uses Legos to get kids excited about STEM
Wilbert McKinley has always had an interest in ships. Growing up on the East coast, he was fascinated by every vessel that caught his gaze.
2014 Warrior Games -
Emphasizing capabilities, not disabilities
Thirty-nine seriously wounded, ill and injured Sailors - who hail from across the country - landed in Colorado Springs, Colo., for the fifth annual Warrior Games, which kicked off at the Olympic Training Center Sept. 28.
Hawaii CPO Selects Take On Kaneohe's FMF Challenge -
Course designed to encourage camaraderie and teamwork
"Are you a lifter or are you a leaner?" bellowed Command Master Chief Christopher Aldis, U.S. Marine Corps Forces, Pacific, as he stared down eager chief petty officer (CPO) selects.
Chief Fire Controlman Christopher Roberts, USS Benfold (DDG 65) -
Profile of a Navy Energy Warrior
Chief Roberts discusses Benfold's offensive capabilities and an innovative energy competition he started onboard.
Nine Months to Live -
Creating a legacy of hope
In the span of nine months, one's life can have a drastic change - a pregnancy, finding out what orders you've been selected for, or maybe something financially happens to you that can alter your life.
3 Things to Know about the RAND Military Workplace Study -
Have your voice heard to help ensure a safe and professional work environment
On behalf of the Department of Defense (DOD), the RAND Corporation is conducting a Military Workplace Study that includes a survey of Sailors and is projected to conclude Sept. 24.
Fastest Sailor in the Fleet -
YNSN Martin is an Olympic sprinter who has transitioned from team USA to team U.S. Navy
The boots are cleaned and polished. The feet inside, however, betray a secret. They belong to Yeoman Seaman Rodney Martin, and are arguably the fastest in the Navy.
Roving in Colombia -
Southern Partnership Station 2014
Navy divers from Mobile Diving and Salvage Unit Two (MDSU 2) are in Colombia working with divers from the Armada de la Rebublica de Colombia as part of Southern Partnership Station 2014.
The Surface Warfare Medical Institute - SWMI -
Combat Medical Training
Situated in San Diego the eighth-largest US City - an area known as the birthplace of California and most recently as a healthcare and biotechnology development center - is a facility designed to provide advanced training to a select group of already highly skilled U.S. Navy, allied and joint personnel.
A Sailor, A Shipmate, A Leader -
Lincoln Sailor Receives Military Times 2014 SOY
Chief Cryptologic Technician (Collection) Jeremy T. Crandall was recognized by the Military Times for doing something that comes naturally to him: putting others first.
Beating the Storm -
USS San Diego Sailors Save Scientists
It was an early August morning when Sailors from the amphibious transport dock ship USS San Diego (LPD 22) got the call. Three National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) scientists needed to be evacuated from Hermes Atoll, a small island chain in the Pacific Ocean.
Lincoln Sailors Save Woman -
ABH2 Devon Bishop and ABH3 Jessica Jusino Recognized by Mayor
Driving back to work after lunch that Wednesday afternoon was anything but ordinary once Jusino and Bishop saw a plume of smoke rising above the tree tops a few blocks away.
USS Peleliu on IMAX Big Screen -
U.S. Navy to Show its Sea Power
The amphibious assault ship USS Peleliu (LHA 5) was the scene of yet another film production involving the U.S. Navy, only this time it's not, "The Last Ship," nor will the ship be fighting alien life forms with decommissioned battleships, instead the film is a documentary shot for Image Maximum (IMAX) to show the Navy's true, "Sea Power."
Frogmen Falling From the Sky -
The Navy Parachute Team celebrates 40 years
You're plummeting through the air at 120 miles per hour. The Earth is rushing up faster than any person should be comfortable with. Yet, you're cool, calm and collected. For the Navy Parachute Team, this is just another day at the office.
Partners in the Water -
Southern Partnership Station 2014
Navy divers from Mobile Diving and Salvage Unit Two (MDSU 2) have just wrapped up two weeks in Guatemala working with divers from the Fuerza Especial Naval (FEN) as part of Southern Partnership Station 2014.
Preserving the Torah -
Reagan Sailors restore priceless religious artifact
His heart was racing. The shouts and echoing boot stomps of Gestapo officers grew louder as they stormed the streets and raided nearby homes. It was 1938 and the Jewish society of Eastern Europe was considered an enemy of the German state.
Same Vic, Different Day -
Seabee's Get a Warm Welcome From Old Friends
The relationships formed during war are everlasting. Through bombs and battlefields, bonds become forged; spending countless days together in all conditions, just hoping that the pressure doesn't become too much, relying solely on each other for support.
Lighting the Fuse -
EOD techs work with the Belize military during Southern Partnership 2014
Navy explosive ordnance disposal technicians from Explosive Ordnance Disposal Mobile Unit (EODMU) 3 conducted a joint demolition training evolution with members of the Belize military as part of Southern Partnership Station 2014.
Peer-to-Peer File Sharing -
5 Things you need to know
Peer-to-Peer (P2P) file sharing on your government computer is prohibited, bad for the network, and jeopardizes the mission.
Jumping out of Planes -
Coolest Job in the Navy
Ask your average Sailor to describe their commute to work. You're likely to hear something like "Traffic, looking for a parking spot ..."
Medicine on the Move -
Southern Partnership Station 2014
U.S. Navy medical professionals are traveling to rural areas with local doctors and nurses in Belize, Central America, to help with the patient load and observe how the local medical system operates.
Diving the World Over -
Southern Partnership Station 2014
Navy divers from Mobile Diving and Salvage Unit (MDSU) 2 are in Belize working with divers from the Belize Coast Guard Service as part of Southern Partnership Station 2014.
Lessons Learned From the Show -
Sesame Street teaches children about living in a military family
Sesame Street and the USO have teamed up to bring military families a fun interactive way to address the challenges of having a parent in the military.
On Course -
Los Angeles native keeps GW's helm in good hands
A Los Angeles native, steered by his search for greater adventure and opportunity, now does the steering aboard the U.S. Navy's forward-deployed aircraft carrier USS George Washington (CVN 73).
Permanently Dry Docked -
Sailors serve aboard USS Desert Ship
There may not be ocean-front property in Arizona, but there is a ship in the middle of the desert in New Mexico. It's made of pure concrete and never leaves port, but this landlocked ship (LLS) provides launch facilities simulating shipboard conditions for Navy surface-to-air weapons testing.
Launching Rockets for NASA -
Coolest Job in the Navy
All Hands is starting a new feature series entitled Coolest Jobs in the Navy. We begin the series with Gunner's Mate 1st Class Brenda Reis, White Sands Missile Range, New Mexico, who launches rockets for NASA!
Southern Partnership Station 2014 -
Signs on the Ground
Navy explosive ordnance disposal (EOD) technicians from Explosive Ordnance Disposal Mobile Unit (EODMU) THREE are in Belize working with the Belize Coast Guard SEALs as part of Southern Partnership Station 2014.
Wounded Warrior Team Navy Trials- Parks -
Airman Brett Parks
Lying on the ground, he made a deal with himself. He wasn't going to fall asleep until he got to the hospital. When he finally arrived and allowed himself to close his eyes, he slipped into a coma.
Bees in the Seas -
Seabee Divers Complete Deep Water Mooring Inspections
Daily rainsqualls, howling winds, intense heat and crystal clear water. These were some of the conditions encountered by Underwater Construction Team TWO's, Construction Diving Detachment CHARLIE (CDD/C) during the second stop of a six-month deployment in the PACOM Area of Responsibility.
Reading Matters -
United Through Reading helps ease deployments
What is this organization about? United Through Reading (UTR), a nonprofit organization, eases the fear, uncertainty and anxiety felt by children in military families by offering military parents who are away from their families the opportunity to be video-recorded reading storybooks aloud to their children at home.
Running in Their Honor -
30% Physical, 70% Mental, All Heart
The sun was just peeking over the Atlantic Ocean and already it was way too warm for running. No matter, Senior Chief Hospital Corpsman Chris Cwiklinski laces up his running shoes and heads out to begin day one of his four-day journey.
Setting Up Pressure -
US and Belize divers work together to set up a transportable recompression chamber
Navy divers from Mobile Diving and Salvage Unit Two (MDSU 2) are in Belize as part of Southern Partnership Station 2014. The MDSU divers will be working with divers from the Belize Coast Guard Service.
Working from Home -
How one Sailor serves her country from her hometown
The author Thomas Wolfe wrote that you can't go home again, meaning home is a fixed place in time ... a memory, an ideal.
Crows to Anchors -
2013 Sailor of the Year Recipients
The 2013 Sailor of the Year winners were meritoriously advanced to Chief Petty Officer during a ceremony held at the Navy Memorial, May 22.
Never Miss a Thing -
Navy App Adds Push Notifications Functionality
The official U.S. Navy App added new features that will help Sailors be the first to get important stories and leadership messages.
A Place to Call Home -
One Sailor's lessons learned
USS Zumwalt (DDG 1000) -
An inside look at the Navy's newest destroyer class
An ever-present hum, intermittently interrupted by the clanging of Sailors and contractors putting tools, alarms, and diesel engines through their paces, reverberates off the walls enclosing Naval Surface Warfare Center Philadelphia's Land-Based Test Site (LBTS).
Blue Thunder -
A Sailor's Life-Long Passion for Cars
The sun reflected off the car's polished sky-blue metallic paint job. Inside the vehicle, a custom made wood centerfold extended from the back seats to the dashboard.
When My Ship Comes In -
Celebrating Homecoming Three Years Late
Under the Seas -
One class shows what it takes to be a Navy SCUBA Diver
Navy Divers handle most of the underwater jobs in the Navy, but there is a small group of Sailors from other rates who get the opportunity to qualify as Navy SCUBA Divers.
The Navy's Newest Anti-submarine Warfare Asset -
P-8A Poseidon participates in annual Fleet Challenge competition
The Defender -
Honoring MA2 Mark Mayo's Sacrifice
The Costly Gift -
A True Holiday Story
Aviation Structural Mechanic 1st Class William H. Joyner shares his story of a night that he will never forget.
Calling the Red Light Ugly -
Commands are doing a better job of handling sexual assault cases
When I was an E-4 on board a ship, I remember sitting across from my command master chief, who has long since retired, during a holiday party committee briefing and him sliding an envelope across the table and asking me to look inside.
The Guardian's Guardian -
Mineman risks his life for USS Guardian shipmates
Sailors know their ship. The constant hum of machinery, the pitch and roll of the ship as it rides the waves, and the routine announcements over the ship's 1MC (public address system) all become sounds of normalcy and provide a sense of comfort to Sailors at sea.
A New Home -
Navy sets one Nigerian on path to the American Dream
"There is still a very strong belief in the rest of the world that America is the land of opportunity," said Petty Officer 2nd Class David Oba. "It is the belief that there are always greener pastures, and I was raised to always aspire to do better and to seize any opportunity for a better life."
The Gift of Life -
Sailor Meets Bone Marrow Recipient
Eric Priest carefully removed the paper wrapping from a small box and wordlessly inspected the pewter clock inside and the words engraved on the surface: "Eric Priest, Thanks For Adding Time To My Life. Phil Jones July 4, 2012."
121 Years of Excellence -
MCPON's Birthday Message to the Mess
Happy 121st Birthday Chiefs!
From Snow to Sunshine -
A Beautiful Day at SPAWAR
Sailors and Navy civilians specialize in a wide variety of jobs, many of which are unknown to the public. One of the often heard about, but little known commands in the Navy is the Space and Naval Warfare Systems Command (SPAWAR), which seemed to me like a grown up science fair on steroids.
Seeing Red -
A Sailor's Journey to Mars
A manned mission to Mars has long been thought to only be possible in science fiction films. But for one Sailor, it could soon become a reality.
The Oscars: A Night with the Stars -
One Sailor's Perspective of Covering the Oscars for AFN
Man, what a blur. Ten hours down on the red carpet, dodging rain and crammed with more than 200 photographers and broadcasters into what seemed like a can of Pringles. I have never felt more like a sardine in all my life.
PCU Somerset -
Courage Through Adversity
September 11, 2001, the U.S. came under attack when four commercial airliners were hijacked and used to strike targets on the ground.
Seabees Rescue Heshikiya Community from Boulder -
For the past year, commuters traveling along the primary access road that connects the Heshikiya community to the White Beach Naval Facility in Okinawa, Japan, did so at their own peril.
SCRA Reconsidered -
How SCRA Really Works
Last week, All Hands featured an article titled "Show Me the Money; SCRA is Saving Sailors Thousands of Dollars.
Got a Question? Call NAVY 311. -
Your Navy. Your Needs.
It was midnight in the Indian Ocean with a storm bearing down; poor timing to lose access to the carrier's Intelink website. An information systems technician 3rd class petty officer (IT3) called NAVY 311 to find an expert who could quickly troubleshoot the problem.
CSCS(SS) Derrick Davenport -
Find out how CSCS(SS) Derrick Davenport feels about being an enlisted aide to the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff
The Way Ahead -
Navy Senior Enlisted Talk Top Issues
The Navy's top enlisted Sailors held an enlisted leadership roundtable at the 26th Annual Surface Navy Association (SNA) Symposium in Arlington, Va., Jan. 14.
Making the Connection -
Warrior Canine Connection Pairs Support Dogs and Wounded Service Members
With a new generation of warriors returning from Afghanistan and Iraq, the military is investing many resources into medical research to care for wounded warriors.
Pop Some Tags -
NMCRS Thrift Shops Help Sailors in Need
Life is full of uncertainties, especially for those who choose to serve their country in the Navy and Marine Corps. Some of these uncertainties can place unnecessary burdens on Sailors and Marines.
Finding Tomorrow's Sailors -
The Benefits of Recruiting Duty
FC2(SW/AW) Brian Whitaker saw recruiting duty as a chance to be close to home. With a three-year-old daughter and coming off four-and-a-half years of sea duty aboard USS George Washington (CVN 73), he wanted a chance to spend some time focused on his family.
Peter the Painter -
A Sailor Gives TR a Splash of Color
In the ship's foc'sle stands a portrait of a brawny Sailor, with his cover cocked to the side and a pipe in his mouth. He controls the helm as fierce emerald waves crash behind him. Despite the chaotic scene, the mighty Popeye stands strong and proud over Deck department's space.
The Best Present Ever -
Five Daughters Get Their Christmas Wish
"What do you want from Santa this Christmas?"
A Benefit of Service -
How Sailors Can Take Advantage of TSA's PreCheck Program
In an effort to thank Sailors and other service members for their service to the nation, the Transportation Security Administration announced free enrollment in its PreCheck expedited screening program for air travel in the U.S. starting on or after Dec. 20.
A CPO Legacy: ATC Justin Kramer -
One Sailor's Path to Chief
This is a story about family, both personal and Navy. The chief petty officer mess is, at its core, about family. When you earn your anchors you become part of something bigger than yourself. You become a member of the CPO family.
Water Wars -
Fighting to Conserve Water at Sea
Bells signal the start of cleaning stations, and Sailors aboard the U.S. Navy's forward-deployed aircraft carrier USS George Washington (CVN 73) pause as the ship's executive officer informs the crew that the self-service laundry is being closed due to a potable water shortage on board.
All Hands Magazine Holiday Cover -
Showcase your command today
All Hands Magazine online is asking commands to put their creative talents to use and come up with an All Hands holiday cover.
Moving to the Music -
Rhythm of Life
Chief Machinist's Mate Edwin Garcia has a rhythm that can't be heard on your local radio station or even heard from your television. He has it in his heart.
Adoption - It Makes a Difference -
There's Something Special About a Family that Chooses You
For some people, family consists of blood relatives. For others, the Navy is the only family they've ever known.
Honoring Service and Baseball -
Navy Chief Wins Inaugural Bob Feller Act of Valor Award
With three warfare pins, numerous qualifications and thousands of volunteer hours documented during his 27 years of naval service, Chief Hospital Corpsman Garth R. A. Sinclair is humbled and honored to be recognized alongside baseball legends Justin Verlander, Yogi Berra, and Bob Feller.
The Other Day Job -
Can you work for the reserves?
Across a conference room in Port Victoria, Seychelles, sits a sea of professionals: an FAA inspector, the president of a consulting firm, a pilot with a regional airline, a medical assistant, and a chief financial officer of a logistics firm.
Lending a Hand -
USS George Washington Delivers Relief to a Thankful Village
In the small village of Guiuan, located in Eastern Samar province, villagers lined up outside the gate of a runway awaiting food, water and medical supplies to be delivered by helicopters from the George Washington Strike Group (GWSG) in support of Operation Damayan.
F-35 Country -
The tip of the spear for the future of Naval Aviation
Just north of the white sandy beaches of the Emerald Coast of Florida's panhandle, a group of Sailors are working hand-in-hand with technical expert civilians to bring the Navy's fifth-generation fighter to the fleet.
5th Fleet in Action -
Service members and civilians in 5th Fleet form a team that is truly making a difference
The Kingdom of Bahrain is host to the U.S. Naval Forces Central Command (NAVCENT), U.S. 5th Fleet, Combined Maritime Forces (CMF). Bahrain is an island nation of more than 1.2 million people, of which 8,000 are U.S. Department of Defense personnel and families.
Seabees Overcome Harsh Jungle Training -
Building New Friendships Based on Blood, Sweat and Sacrifice
Deep in the Northern Training Area of Okinawa, Japan, Seabees assigned to Squad 1 complete the first third of the wet maze and they stop for a break. Exhaustion blankets them.
Front and Center -
Chief Hospital Corpsman Weathers Super Typhoon During Iloilo City Family Visit
The memory of his father wasn't blown away, but all around him nearly everything else was.
Making the Most of Minimal Resources -
Navy Orthopedist Helps Bring Medical Care to Afghans in Need
The Tarin Kowt district of Afghanistan is mired in poverty, wracked by warfare, and beset by a host of concerns such as lack of available medical care.
Finding Our Focus -
A Family's Refusal to Give Up on Their Adopted Son
Anton's problems started within the first six weeks of his life, when profound neglect altered the way his brain developed.
Drawing the Line -
The Fusion of a Sailor and Artist
More than 20 years ago, a young boy from Lowell, Mich., picked up a pencil and unknowingly found his purpose and changed the course of his life.
Our Battalion -
Decommissioning of NMCB 24
"I hate to see it go. This has been a fantastic command for me and for many of the Seabees who have served here, but it's a force wide change and something we all have to get used to," said Capt. Ronald D. Gruzesky, Commanding Officer of Naval Mobile Construction Battalion Two Four.
Starting as a Team, Finishing as a Team -
USS Makin Island Races to the Finish Line
Between the deafening scream of air wrenches, teams of Sailors participate in timed organized chaos. Seconds tick away - and every second counts. As Sailors perform their assigned task, the sweat builds, each Sailor careful not to waste time wiping it away.
Angels In Blue -
Blue Angels Announce Full 2014 Air Show Season
The U.S. Navy Flight Demonstration Squadron, the Blue Angels, will return to its full schedule for the 2014 air show season.
Tropical Storm Karen -
Projected to make landfall this weekend with sights set on the Gulf Coast
What You Need To Know -
How the Shutdown Affects Sailors
Editor's Note: This page will be updated as All Hands Magazine receives more information. Please check back often for the latest on how the government shutdown is affecting Sailors, their families, and military installations around the world.
Earning the Title -
Becoming a Seabee Combat Warfare Specialist
A Petty Officer 3rd Class is seated before a group of seniors. His hands clasped together and his brow furrowed as he strains to remember the answer to a question he has been asked.
Fulfilling Dreams While Inspiring Others -
A Cameroon native's success through hard work and sacrifice motivates others back home
A medical physicist who joined the Navy Reserve last year says the day he received his selection letter was the most meaningful day of his life. But for his family back home in Africa, his example of success through hard work and sacrifice gives inspiration to those who want a better way of life.
Finally Recognized -
Sailors are now able to get eligible benefits for their same-sex spouses
In the Spotlight -
Combat Systems Six Keeps George Washington on Track
The room is dimly lit by blue lights accompanied by the glow of orange and red buttons, and green-colored screens that display information useless to anyone who doesn't know what to look for.
An Honor and a Privilege -
A unique ceremony for three Navy leaders
"We the people...," "I will support and defend...," "...bear true faith and allegiance...,"
Career Orientation Training for Midshipmen 2013 -
NROTC midshipmen start summer training around the fleet
Midshipmen, Marines and officer candidates from the more than 60 Naval Reserve Officers Training Corps (NROTC) units trained at U.S. Naval bases, ships, submarines, squadrons and commands around the country.
Official Navy App is Now Available for Download -
New mobile application provides Navy information on-the-go.
To upload the App to your device, please follow the links below:
LCS Tags in Blue Crew -
Gold Crew Flies Home after Successful Deployment
When the Littoral Combat Ship Freedom's gold crew returned home from deployment, it was on a plane, not a ship. Freedom remains deployed, swapping crew members instead of platforms.
Got a RAD Idea? -
Navy Encourages Sailors to Become Part of the Solution
With tight budgets and even tighter timelines for what can seem like endless administrative requirements, the Navy launched a website in July that allowed Sailors and Navy civilians to share ideas for cutting down on the tasking and processes that have kept the fleet from putting war fighting first.
Resurrection of a Bee -
The story of how one construction battalion brought a naval icon back to life
The Bee's Knees - Excellent, of Highest Quality. Although there is no hard evidence to prove it, the phrase is said to have come from the process in which bees carry pollen back to the hive in sacs on their legs. The phrase alludes to the concentrated goodness to be found around a bee's knees.
NAS Oceana turns 70 -
70th Anniversary Celebrates History, Heritage of Oceana
In 1943, Franklin Roosevelt was president, the Pentagon was completed, first class stamps were 3 cents, the U.S. was in the middle of World War II, future rock star Mick Jagger was born, and on Aug. 17 of that year, Naval Auxiliary Air Station (NAAS) Oceana was commissioned to support the flight training of naval aviators heading off to war.
Still Flying High -
A look at how the Blue Angels are still playing a key role in their community
Across America on most weekends between March and November there is a similar scene in at least five cities. Airports shut down and park 10,000 cars in the dirt. Military bases open their gates wide and ask the public to come on board. At the beach, there's something louder than a speedboat.
Finding His Roots -
Reserve Sailor Returns to Roots in Philippines
The soles of his polished black boots hit each rung of the accommodation ladder with a clank. Each step is heavy with anticipation. He is departing from the submarine tender USS Frank Cable (AS 40) to a place he hasn't been in 42 years and wasn't sure if he'd ever return to at all.
Training Part of the Triad -
Navy trains Sailors supporting America's nuclear deterrence force.
A vital component of the nation's nuclear deterrence watch is the E-6B Mercury Airborne Command Post. Its main mission is to provide a survivable communications link to the Navy's fleet of ballistic submarines.
One Team One Goal -
We are all in this together
The Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS John C. Stennis (CVN 74) entered Dry Dock at Puget Sound Naval Shipyard and Intermediate Maintenance Facility (PSNS & IMF) June 27, to begin its scheduled Docking Planned Incremental Availability (DPIA).
Talking to No One -
The story of one naval aviator who helped land the first autonomous unmanned aircraft aboard a carrier
Three and a half seconds. That's about the time it takes for the average person to put on their seatbelt and start their car.
Pinning History -
USS Maine Officer Receives Piece of Submarine History
When Lt. j.g. Laura Martindale, one of the first women to qualify in submarines, completed her submarine warfare qualifications earlier this year on USS Maine, she knew she had earned the right to wear the traditional "dolphins" of a submariner.
Talisman Saber 2013 -
More than 20 Ships, 100 Aircraft and 27,000 Personnel Participate
Henry Ford once said, "Coming together is the beginning; keeping together is progress; working together is success."
Every Day in the Navy -
Teeth and Tiaras -
Navy Dentist Boasts Brains and Beauty
As the daughter of a dentist, and as one herself, Lt. Corinne Devin, Orthodontist, U.S. Naval Hospital (USNH) Yokosuka knows how important it is to take care of your teeth.
Not a Day Off -
Furloughed Dahlgren Employees Volunteer to Help Family in Need
Microbiologists trimmed the hedges, naval engineers installed shelving in the garage and scientists organized the basement.
UCAS Demo Timeline -
How Unmanned Aviation Arrived to Where it is Today
After six years of steady progress toward fulfilling the U.S. Navy's goal of unmanned carrier integration, the Navy Unmanned Combat Air System (N-UCAS) program completed its carrier demonstration July 15.
The Aftermath -
Sailors respond to devastating EF5 tornado
Senior Chief Christopher Owen had just placed his most prized possession, his daughter, into the cramped 3 ft. x 6 ft. tornado shelter dug into the floor of his garage, when he heard the television say "IF YOU'RE NOT IN A SHELTER, YOU'RE NOT GOING TO MAKE IT!"
2012 Stan Arthur Logisticians of the Year -
Military and Civilian Award Winners
Every Day in the Navy June 2013 -
When Disaster Strikes -
The story of two Sailors on leave in the wrong place at the right time.
When Cryptologic Technician (Collections) 2nd Class Arturo Guerra and Religious Program Specialist 3rd Class Sean Kelley traveled to Moore, Okla., on leave in May, they never imagined they would be providing life-saving assistance in the wake of one of nature's most destructive forces.
Where Quiet Comes From -
Lake Pend O'Reille provides the perfect spot for acoustic research.
Face of Defense -
Hero Corpsman Reunites With Afghan Soldier
When Navy Petty Officer 3rd Class Stanley Maculewicz visits Camp Shorabak in Afghanistan's Helmand province to advise the Afghan army's 215th Corps Mobile Strike Force Kandak medics, he usually is welcomed with hugs and handshakes from his counterparts.
Happy Father's Day to the Nation's Warfighters -
We Salute You
America's Away Team in the War on Drugs -
HSL-60 'Jaguars' Use Nighttime Force Against Drug Runners
Darkness won't stop a bullet.
A Brother's Salute -
Academy Graduate Welcomed to Fleet by Deployed Brother
With 7,000 miles between them, they were face to face. One dressed in a uniform he'd been wearing for years, and the other dressed in a uniform he'd only just earned the right to wear.
Plebe No More -
A look at how the Naval Academy builds teamwork in first year midshipmen.
The Naval Academy Class of 2016 completed 14 continuous hours of rigorous physical and mental challenges, May 14, during the academy's annual "Sea Trials" training exercise.
Up For The Challenge -
How one Marine Transitioned from Aerial Navigation to Navy Nursing
Ensign Shauna Ralston, a labor and delivery nurse with the Women and Children's Department at Naval Hospital Pensacola, Fla., loves challenges. Why else would a straight "A" student with a full scholarship decide to enlist in the United States Marine Corps?
Protecting Our Own -
Navy Helicopter Squadrons Help Extinguish Fires in Southern California
Welcome Back -
A Look at How the Navy Assists Sailors Returning from IA Duty
Tuition Assistance, Furloughs, and Platforms -
What the Navy's Budget Means to You
With sequestration and the continuing resolution affecting the budget, the Navy is enduring some rough financial seas. Regardless of the decisions that Navy leadership have made, programs like Tuition Assistance, Sailor's pay, and Permanent Change of Station moves have remained unaffected.
Dollars and Sense -
The Department of the Navy submitted its FY2014 budget
The Navy unveiled its piece of the 2014 Presidential budget April 10. This graphic is a snapshot of the anticipated costs in these priority areas. This is important to Sailors because how the Navy chooses to spend taxpayer dollars is the Navy Sailors are serving in today and tomorrow.
Sea Air Space Expo -
Navy and Industry Explore Affordable Future Capabilities for Sailors
There and Back Again -
A Navy Chaplain Reunites With His Past
I approached the ATM, saw the screen, and immediately turned to Chaps.
Two Cultures, One Crew -
A perspective from Capt. Jon P. Rodgers, USS Ponce commanding officer
USS Freedom Departs San Diego on First LCS Deployment -
The Navy is deploying its first littoral combat ship, USS Freedom (LCS 1), from her homeport of San Diego, March 1. The ship is deploying to Southeast Asia and Singapore for approximately eight months to conduct maritime security operations with regional partners and allies.
Rough Seas Ahead -
How the Continuing Resolution and Sequestration Impact the Navy
The Navy is looking down the barrel of some serious budget shortfalls that are going to affect every Sailor in one way or another. To deal with the issue, the Navy has a plan in motion to make the money last through the end of the fiscal year.
Preserving the Legend of USS Enterprise -
"We Are Legend." USS Enterprise (CVN 65) Sailors have undoubtedly grown accustomed to hearing the words comprising the motto of the world's first nuclear-powered aircraft carrier during their time aboard the ship.
HSM 77 Maintainers - In a League of Their Own -
The day after Helicopter Maritime Strike Squadron (HSM) 77 was named the recipient of the Phoenix Award it was business as usual for the squadron.
DDG 1000 -