I Am a Navy Veteran

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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
    2 Responses May 29, 2008

    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

    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
    1 Response Oct 25, 2013

    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

    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
    61-65, F
    3 Responses Mar 4, 2012

    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
    1 Response Feb 26, 2010

    Does having served in the ROYAL NAVY,

    UK,fit in this forum ?
    deleted deleted
    26-30
    2 Responses Aug 18, 2015
    theworldofbobby theworldofbobby
    46-50, M
    1 Response Dec 20, 2014

    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

    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

    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
    7 Responses Mar 15, 2013

    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

    If I could go back in time,

    I would stay in The Navy. I miss my job (AG) but don't miss the politics. Unfortunately, the politics ended up being everywhere.
    Southsounder Southsounder
    46-50, M
    2 Responses Sep 17, 2015

    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
    4 Responses Jul 27, 2008

    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
    70+, M
    2 Responses Nov 20, 2012

    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
    1 Response Feb 14, 2013

    I recall coming ashore in Beirut.

    Everyone was shooting at someone. Hezbollah, Christians Israelis and of Course the New Jersey tossing 2 ton 16 inch rounds into the Shute mountains. Like mini Volkswagen flying by. We moved to a position close to the end of one of the outer runways at Beirut International...
    ImHungry2 ImHungry2
    51-55, M
    3 Responses Mar 6, 2015

    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
    Dec 20, 2012

    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
    3 Responses Apr 12, 2012

    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
    2 Responses Jan 24, 2009

    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
    1 Response Aug 23, 2009

    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
    1 Response Jan 3, 2013

    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

    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
    1 Response Jan 20, 2009

    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
    41-45, M
    2 Responses Aug 10, 2012

    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
    3 Responses Dec 24, 2013

    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
    1 Response Nov 3, 2011

    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

    I served from 90-95 first stationed in the UK

    (London, UK CINCUSNAVEUR) and then aboard the USS America CV-66. I loved being under way. That is what a Sailor does. Haze Grey and Under Way! We steamed primarily in the Red Sea. Providing air support in Kosovo from the Med. Sent through the ditch to Somalia and then enforcing...
    NMDewey NMDewey
    46-50, M
    1 Response Aug 24, 2015

    There are times I miss being in the Navy,

    but there is no way I could do it now.
    deleted deleted
    26-30
    Aug 3, 2015

    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
    3 Responses Mar 12, 2010

    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
    2 Responses Mar 1, 2009

    I am a US Navy veteran

    and I am proud of my time serving my country
    deleted deleted
    26-30
    1 Response Jan 15, 2015

    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
    3 Responses Oct 16, 2007

    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
    1 Response Jun 21, 2012

    I Am Afraid

    Hello, My name is of no matter i guess because i doubt if anybody will ever read this anyway. I have been trying for a long time to get some response from other vet sites but so far nothing. I wish i knew where to start but i dont because most of the time i think i have narrowed...
    3 Responses Jan 13, 2013
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