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    GSM 4124 & 4128

      I served from 92 til 98. Uss Cape Cod AD-43, and Uss Paul F Foster DD-964. I still have nightmares about the Foster, LOL. The second to last ship to leave Long Beach naval shipyard before it closed. When we Op-Tested the fuel system in the Aft engine room fuel sprayed...
    identitytwo identitytwo 36-40, M 1 Response Mar 1, 2009

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    I Was An It...

    I had served from May 2000 until July 2008. I have been stationed at the Naval War College, USS George Washington (twice), VAW 123 as a network administrator, USS Enterprise. My experience as an IT and as a woman in the Navy was negative and it was one of the reasons why I...
    lefteye02 lefteye02 31-35 Aug 23, 2009

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    Served Usn 1986-1994, Vfa-132/aimd Nas Jax

    Sea Duty: VFA-132 "Privateers", NAS Cecil Field, Fl., 1987-1990. Deployed with VFA-132 to MCAS Iwakuni, Japan as part of MAG-15, 1987-1988. Deployed with VFA-132 (CAG13) aboard USS Coral Sea (CV-43) on her sunset cruise, 1989. Shore Duty: Aviation Intermediate Maint...
    Mosstrooper Mosstrooper 41-45, M 3 Responses Jul 27, 2008

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    13 Year Veteran

    I was in the Navy for 13 years before being discharged due to the PRT.  Initially I joined in 1989 and got an honorable discharge in 1995.  After a few years out, I rejoined in 1999 and then was discharged in 2006.  While in I went to bootcamp in Orlando and on...
    arrby1234 arrby1234 41-45, M 2 Responses Mar 12, 2010

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    U.s.s. Kitty Hawk Cva 63 1964-1967

    I served aboard the Kitty Hawk in the mid 60s, our carrier air had NH on their tail and that stood for NEVER HOME. She was almost brand new when I reported onboard in Bremerton Wash. December 1964, the day I arrived there was about 6" of slush on the ground. She was in dry dock...
    Pmacphoto Pmacphoto 66-70, M 1 Response Nov 20, 2012

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    Waves And Ways

    I enjoyed being in the Navy in the communications field.  I was a Radioman when we still used the old teletype machines, the punched card system and paper tape to enter info into the giant computers.  Though there was a boot camp in San Diego and I am from Sacramento CA I was...
    rubyetuesday rubyetuesday 56-60, F 2 Responses Mar 4, 2012

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    This Is Life

    u laugh.u cry.happy mode.sad mode.u are satisfy.sometime u are not satisfied.some time u are cheated.sometime u cheat some one.u miss him/her too much.u hate him too much.u dislike him/her too much.u enjoyu are borredur time passes like secondssometime time doesnoot passu wana...
    rolex928 rolex928 22-25, M 12 Responses Mar 31, 2011

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    Was In For 12 Years

    I went to boot camp in 1995. Served on the USS George Washington, am a plankowner of the USS Pearl Harbor and also served on the USS Firebolt. I I did three deployments to the Persian Gulf a West Pac and a Med cruise.
    Walkingcontradiction93 Walkingcontradiction93 36-40, M Jan 3, 2013

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    One Hitch Was Enough

    I joined and went off to boot camp in Orlando, then PN 'A' school in Meridian "MF-kin" Mississippi. Off the ASU Bahrain (ASU = Alcoholic Support Unit lol) for a year then to the USS LaSalle, now decommissioned and sunk in the Gulf of Mexico. This was in the mid 1980s when Iran...
    CrazyWaterSpring CrazyWaterSpring 51-55, M 4 Responses Nov 1, 2011

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    US Navy 10 &1/2 Years

    I served on the USS Puget Sound AD38, USS Piedmont AD14, USS Sierra AD18, USS Vulcan AR5, USS Shenandoah AD 26, USS Orion AS18, and NAVSUPPACT Naples Italy
    DoneWEP DoneWEP 46-50, M 2 Responses Oct 16, 2007

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    Drunken Sailor

    I take offence to the statement----- "The government is spending money like a drunken sailor" I was a drunken sailor and when I ran out of money I stopped spending. Maybe the government should take a lesson from a drunken sailor!!!!
    1changingheart 1changingheart 51-55, M 2 Responses Sep 13, 2013

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    1964 Till 1970

    we decide it was best for all concerened and there officers if i just got out in 1970
    rickibrat2 rickibrat2 61-65, M Nov 3, 2011

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    A Sailor's Christmas 'Twas the night

    before Christmas, the ship was out steaming, Sailors stood watch while others were dreaming. They lived in a crowd with racks tight and small, In a 80-man berthing, cramped one and all. I had come down the stack with presents to give, And to see inside just who might...
    QuasiModdo QuasiModdo 51-55, M 2 Responses Dec 24, 2013

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    1989 Hurricane Hugo

    September 1989: USS Dahlgren DDG-43 anchored at Saint Croix, Virgin Islands during Operation Hawkeye,the relief effort following Hurricane Hugo.I went ashore here to help clean up a school.I was a Fire Controlman , those two radars in the aft where my babies.
    1changingheart 1changingheart 51-55, M Oct 25, 2013

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    I Was a Navy Corpsman(woman) :-)

    Hi to all, I was active duty 6 yrs at Bethesda, Great Lakes, Miramar, Jacksonville, Fl, & Ft. Sam Houston plus 6 yrs in the reserves as a FMF Corpsman.  
    myndsi myndsi 51-55, F 3 Responses Jun 21, 2009

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    Vxn8...pax River Nas...

    Oceanagraphic Development Squadron Eight... The best duty you could pull...Flew all over the world in civilian clothes...including the North Pole. Those were the days...
    Hankster2 Hankster2 61-65 Jun 21, 2012

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    Us Navy 1978 - 1988 Black Shoe To A Brown Shoe

    Joinde the Navy 1978 right out of H.S. shipped off to San Deigo for boot camp from Orlando hell I didnt even know they had a boot camp in orlando. Oh well, boot camp to A school, San deigo 1978 - 1979, Orders to my first ship A FF Lots of work ups, stupid drills (remember when...
    deleted deleted 26-30 Aug 19, 2011

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    I Had Almost A Similar Experience As Cruise Ship Making News 2/14/2013

    I have been seeing on CNN's News this February Tuesday 12 - 14, 2013.Especially the trouble this CARNIVAL LUXURY CRUISE SHIP having lost its Engines and having been getting Stranded out in the Gulf Of Mexico. And needed to be tugged into Mobile, Alabama (?).This reminded me from...
    ChakraSolipsismMGP ChakraSolipsismMGP 56-60, M Feb 14, 2013

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    Leaving Before Underway Time

    I used to be in the Navy,the U.S. Navy if you want to be specific and/or picky. I also used to be married to a former sailor who had 2 children from a previous marriage. I spanked my step- children alot but that's not the main point that I am atempting to make.Every time the ship...
    gingershuman gingershuman 36-40, M 1 Response Aug 10, 2012

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    Proud Retiree

    retired from the Navy Seabees 2003 did a 11 month tour on the USS Dwight D. Eisenhower before I found out about the Seabees.   Crossed to the Bees in 1984, joined my 1st Battalion (NMCB-4) in Sept of 1985   Did tours in NMCB-4, NMCB-40, ACB-1, 31st NCR, Port...
    SEABEEMIKE SEABEEMIKE 41-45 1 Response Jan 24, 2009

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    So Long Ago

    I was in the navy for 10 years. I have another story about going from a "Black shoe" to a "Brown shoe"Any way I juined the navy on the delayed enlistment program. 15 days after i was out of H.S. Im off and in the navy we flew out to San Diego for boot camp I still remember waking...
    deleted deleted 26-30 1 Response Dec 20, 2012

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    Just a Normal 4 Year Termer

    Spent my time as an ET (electronics Technician), was specialized in the TACAN beacon system, Laser Gyro systems, INMARSAT satellite, and electronic test equipment calibration scheduling; my shop also ran and setup all network stations on the ship (about 100 stations). This was...
    dedre dedre 31-35, M 1 Response May 29, 2008

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    Was On The U.s.s. Coral Sea Cva-43 Aircraft Carrier 1973 - 1975

    I was in the Navy for 3 years. Went in of October 1972 - and left it October 1975. I served on the U.S.S. CORAL SEA CVA-43 AIRCRAFT CARRIER of April 1973 to the Time the Carrier was in Long Beach, California at the Dry Dock for refurbishing it, October 1975.  Been Overseas...
    ChakraSolipsismMGP ChakraSolipsismMGP 56-60, M Feb 26, 2010

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    I miss all my buddies on the boat

    and the experiences we had together. I haven't even been out a year and I miss it already. The Navy was one of the best times in my life.
    IAmAnElasticFirecracker IAmAnElasticFirecracker 26-30, F 2 Responses Jan 23, 2014

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    I'M Leaving In June For The Navy. Did You Guys Like It?

    I'm leaving in June or July for the Navy. Basic training only, but I am soo exited! I'm going to be doing active duty. I hope I get deployed shortly after I get out!!! :)
    IluvScotty IluvScotty 22-25, M 8 Responses Mar 15, 2013

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    I am a US Navy veteran

    and I am proud of my time serving my country
    chrisyoung chrisyoung 22-25, M 1 Response Jan 15

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    Sea Stories

    I love sea stories. I think it is a great way of putting some humor into what may have been an arduous situation. Most of us sea going types have that "gallows" sense of humor anyway.For the uninitiated reading these threads, there are fairy tales and sea stories. Fairy tales...
    deleted deleted 26-30 2 Responses May 4, 2012

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    theworldofbobby theworldofbobby 41-45, M 1 Response Dec 20, 2014

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    My Sailor.my Hero

    Hey all you Navy girlfriends, fiances, wives, boyfriends, husbands, etc!!!!!! Come on over to My Sailor.My Hero on Facebook! https://www.facebook.com/MySailor.MyHero We are a group for any and all Navy s/os and family members! We love sharing stories and pictures, answering...
    caitc91 caitc91 18-21, F Dec 9, 2012

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    From '88 To '92

    I had my time in from 1988 to 1992. I had gone in to study Interior Communications (IC). Sadly I failed out of IC "A" school, I was assigned to USS Reid FFG-30. She was stationed out at NAVSTA 32nd st. While there I served as both a Fireman then a Seaman (non-rating). During that...
    Michael820 Michael820 41-45, M 1 Response Dec 19, 2012

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    Blackshoe All The Way

    I was commissioned on July 1, 1983 and served until February 28, 2005. I did 5 sea tours that accounted for 12 years and 3 months of sea duty. My initial plan was to do my obligated service and get out. I found that I loved being on ships at sea and more importantly working with...
    deleted deleted 26-30 1 Response May 2, 2012

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    US Navy Vet

    I'm a retired Navy sailor! Spent all of my sea duty on destroyers, Grey Hounds. Spruance Class and Burke Class. The AEGIS system rocks!
    socogun socogun 46-50, M Jan 20, 2009

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    I Am A Sailor

    I am a veteran of the US Navy and god bless it for being the best time of my life. It was hard and sometimes more of a headache than it needed to be, but damn did it make me a better person. I served on the USS Ogden LPD5 and got to decommission that beautiful floating heap of...
    Rustyninja Rustyninja 22-25, M 2 Responses Apr 12, 2012

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    Related Experiences

    VA MEDICAL CENTER, COATESVILLE, PA.When I discovered that I has several "Service related" medical issues, I was declared to be 40 percent disabled and therefore, eligible to obtain...
    mrbill349 mrbill349 66-70, M 1 Response 6 days ago

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    My father served in Vietnam he came home and died at age 50 . He spent 20 yrs. in the Army then retired at SFC . My son Went in at the age of 18 and he went over to Iraq . He has...
    Wildman43055 Wildman43055 46-50, M 1 Response Jan 18

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    So first I guess I'll say the basics. My name's Nichole, I'm a freshman at DePauw University (small school in Indiana), and my boyfriend Corey is enlisted in the Navy. We have...
    Nichole1916 Nichole1916 18-21, F 2 Responses Jan 8

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    Well almost. I love the navy. Navy is life
    starbolt starbolt 13-15, F Jan 11

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    Ok so my ex boyfriend we are best friends and we're still inlove well after high school he's heading off to the navy can someone please let me know what to expect so im prepared...
    shelbel22 shelbel22 18-21, F Dec 30, 2014

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    My boyfriend of a year and a half just left to boot camp yesterday and I already miss him! We would hang out all of the time and now that he's gone and I haven't spoken to him I...
    kitasoundara kitasoundara 18-21, F Jan 6

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    Today I have seen the down fall of having the love of my life in the Navy. Today was a terrible, awful day in my life and all I wanted was him. To talk to him, to have him hold me...
    KristiMariee KristiMariee 18-21, F Jan 9

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    Something that irks me is when people make you feel bad for missing your significant other. Not one person has the right to tell you when you can or cannot miss the person you love...
    aiahlove aiahlove 18-21, F 1 Response Jan 12

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    He moved to naval base bremerton. Even though it's only over an hour from where I live now I'm having a hard time not sleeping next to him at night and coming home to him. Only...
    Karamae33 Karamae33 18-21, F Jan 14

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    My sailor. My heart. There is no difference. "It's not for me or for you, it's or us." I love him, since day one I knew he was mine. Hooyah! Go Navy!!!
    KristiMariee KristiMariee 18-21, F Jan 16

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    lucky u girls who can still talk,see,chat with ur sailor..Mine is idle I would say,since September..he said he was just off for vacation from August for three weeks,I don't wanna...
    noraihshiaron noraihshiaron 22-25, F 1 Response Jan 18

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    And it's a little crazy how every post I've seen on this site is about Navy girlfriends. I am proud to be active duty, 6 years strong.
    badpwnies badpwnies 22-25, F Jan 18

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    Any Navy girlfriends out there from Illinois? I wish I could sit down and talk to someone about all of this. I've tried talking to my friends but they really don't understand.
    Haleyraelove96 Haleyraelove96 18-21, F 4 Responses Jan 20

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    So it has finally hit me that my boyfriend will be leaving me to go into the navy, last night we talked about it so I could understand it more. He told me that he is going to get...
    cholrach cholrach 18-21, F 1 Response Jan 20

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    So last night my boyfriend officially signed up for the navy his ship out date is August 25 and im scared to death I don't want him to go but I know it's good for him I just love...
    Taylor91313 Taylor91313 16-17, F 1 Response a week ago

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    This is my first time on this site so i kinda don't know what to say or do lol I created an account cuz I saw this page and I was inspired by all of the strong women on here. I...
    Pooh1993 Pooh1993 18-21, F 1 Response 6 days ago

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