Memorable Moments of 2012~ Pt 2

As the end of the year approaches we take the time to sit and remember the year as it passed. And with a 100% on watch Navy 100% of the time… we have a lot to remember.

May & June 2012

MAY: Our Sailors Become Basically Trained

By the time May rolled around our Sailors were eager to get to boot camp. While not all the pictures below specifically depict their divisions, they do represent what our Sailors experienced.

After a week long in-processing our Sailors, much like the ones below, were marched to their permanent ships.

Newly arrived Navy recruits march in formation as they head toward their ship (barracks) on April 17 at Recruit Training Command (RTC), the Navy's only boot camp. The recruits spend about one week conducting in-processing procedures before they arrive to their permanent ship for training. RTC trains more than 35,000 recruits annually. (U.S. Navy photo by Sue Krawczyk/Released)

Newly arrived Navy recruits march in formation as they head toward their ship (barracks) on April 17 at Recruit Training Command (RTC), the Navy’s only boot camp.  (U.S. Navy photo by Sue Krawczyk/Released)

NAVAL STATION GREAT LAKES, Ill. (April 24, 2012) Newly arrived Navy recruits march in formation as they head toward their ship (barracks) on April 24 at Recruit Training Command (RTC), the Navy's only boot camp. The recruits spend about one week conducting in-processing procedures before they arrive to their permanent ship for training. RTC trains more than 35,000 recruits annually. (U.S. Navy photo by Sue Krawczyk/Released)

NAVAL STATION GREAT LAKES, Ill. (April 24, 2012) Newly arrived Navy recruits march in formation as they head toward their ship (barracks) on April 24 at Recruit Training Command (RTC), the Navy’s only boot camp. (U.S. Navy photo by Sue Krawczyk/Released)

After marching to their new ships, our Sailors were assigned their new racks. The photos below show what a ship looks like to a new division and how much space they have in their rack.

 NAVAL STATION GREAT LAKES, Ill. (April 17, 2012) Chief Machinist’s Mate Jose Oterorivera, a Recruit Division Commander, assigns racks to Navy recruits on April 17 at Recruit Training Command (RTC), the Navy's only boot camp. The recruits spend about one week conducting in-processing procedures before they arrive to their permanent ship for training. RTC trains more than 35,000 recruits annually. (U.S. Navy photo by Sue Krawczyk/Released)

NAVAL STATION GREAT LAKES, Ill. (April 17, 2012) A Recruit Division Commander, assigns racks to Navy recruits on April 17 at Recruit Training Command (RTC), the Navy’s only boot camp. (U.S. Navy photo by Sue Krawczyk/Released)

NAVAL STATION GREAT LAKES, Ill. (April 17, 2012) Newly arrived Navy recruits stand in front of the racks within their compartment on April 17 at Recruit Training Command (RTC), the Navy's only boot camp. The recruits spend about one week conducting in-processing procedures before they arrive to their permanent ship for training. RTC trains more than 35,000 recruits annually. (U.S. Navy photo by Sue Krawczyk/Released)

NAVAL STATION GREAT LAKES, Ill. (April 17, 2012) Newly arrived Navy recruits stand in front of the racks within their compartment on April 17 at Recruit Training Command (RTC), the Navy’s only boot camp. (U.S. Navy photo by Sue Krawczyk/Released)

After settling in, it was all business.

NAVAL STATION GREAT LAKES, Ill. (May 22, 2012) Navy recruits march in formation during their bootcamp at Recruit Training Command (RTC), the Navy's only boot camp, here May 22, 2012. RTC trains more than 35,000 recruits annually. (U.S. Navy photo by Sue Krawczyk/Released)

NAVAL STATION GREAT LAKES, Ill. (May 22, 2012) Navy recruits march in formation during their bootcamp at Recruit Training Command (RTC), the Navy’s only boot camp, here May 22, 2012. RTC trains more than 35,000 recruits annually. (U.S. Navy photo by Sue Krawczyk/Released)

NAVAL STATION GREAT LAKES, Ill. (May 22, 2012) Navy recruits march in formation during their bootcamp at Recruit Training Command (RTC), the Navy's only boot camp, here May 22, 2012. RTC trains more than 35,000 recruits annually. (U.S. Navy photo by Sue Krawczyk/Released)

NAVAL STATION GREAT LAKES, Ill. (May 22, 2012) Navy recruits march in formation during their bootcamp at Recruit Training Command (RTC), the Navy’s only boot camp, here May 22, 2012. RTC trains more than 35,000 recruits annually. (U.S. Navy photo by Sue Krawczyk/Released)

NAVAL STATION GREAT LAKES, Ill. (May 22, 2012) Navy recruits march in formation during their bootcamp at Recruit Training Command (RTC), the Navy's only boot camp, here May 22, 2012. RTC trains more than 35,000 recruits annually. (U.S. Navy photo by Sue Krawczyk/Released)

NAVAL STATION GREAT LAKES, Ill. (May 22, 2012) Navy recruits march in formation during their bootcamp at Recruit Training Command (RTC), the Navy’s only boot camp, here May 22, 2012. RTC trains more than 35,000 recruits annually. (U.S. Navy photo by Sue Krawczyk/Released)

Meanwhile… IN THE FLEET…

SAN DIEGO (May 3, 2012) The Military Sealift Command hospital ship USNS Mercy (T-AH 19) transits San Diego Harbor as the ship departs for Pacific Partnership 2012. Pacific Partnership is an annual U.S. Pacific Fleet humanitarian and civic action exercise designed to work with and through host nations to build partnerships and a collective ability to respond to natural disasters. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Eva-Marie Ramsaran/Released)

SAN DIEGO (May 3, 2012) The Military Sealift Command hospital ship USNS Mercy (T-AH 19) transits San Diego Harbor as the ship departs for Pacific Partnership 2012. Pacific Partnership is an annual U.S. Pacific Fleet humanitarian and civic action exercise designed to work with and through host nations to build partnerships and a collective ability to respond to natural disasters. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Eva-Marie Ramsaran/Released)

ATLANTIC OCEAN (May 4, 2012) Sailors man a fire hose during a flight deck training exercise aboard the aircraft carrier USS George H.W. Bush (CVN 77). George H.W. Bush is in the Atlantic Ocean conducting carrier qualifications. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Brian Read Castillo/Released)

ATLANTIC OCEAN (May 4, 2012) Sailors man a fire hose during a flight deck training exercise aboard the aircraft carrier USS George H.W. Bush (CVN 77). George H.W. Bush is in the Atlantic Ocean conducting carrier qualifications. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Brian Read Castillo/Released)

ST. JOSEPH, Mo. (May 5, 2012) Aircrew Survival Equipmentman 1st Class Thomas Kinn, assigned to the U.S. Navy parachute demonstration team, the Leap Frogs, flies an 800-square-foot American flag above Rosecrans Memorial Airport during the opening ceremony of the Sound of Speed Air Show. The Leap Frogs are based in San Diego and perform aerial parachute demonstrations supporting Naval Special Warfare and Navy recruiting. (U.S. Navy photo by James Woods/Released)

ST. JOSEPH, Mo. (May 5, 2012) Aircrew Survival Equipmentman 1st Class Thomas Kinn, assigned to the U.S. Navy parachute demonstration team, the Leap Frogs, flies an 800-square-foot American flag above Rosecrans Memorial Airport during the opening ceremony of the Sound of Speed Air Show. The Leap Frogs are based in San Diego and perform aerial parachute demonstrations supporting Naval Special Warfare and Navy recruiting. (U.S. Navy photo by James Woods/Released)

SANTA RITA, Guam (May 11,2012) Fire Control Technician 2nd Class David Toone hauls a line from the harbor tug Quipuha aboard the Los Angeles-class attack submarine USS Louisville (SSN 724) while mooring in Apra Harbor for a routine port visit. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Jason Swink/Released)

SANTA RITA, Guam (May 11,2012) Fire Control Technician 2nd Class David Toone hauls a line from the harbor tug Quipuha aboard the Los Angeles-class attack submarine USS Louisville (SSN 724) while mooring in Apra Harbor for a routine port visit. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Jason Swink/Released)

ARABIAN GULF (May 19, 2012) Aviation ordancemen move ordnance on the flight deck of the aircraft carrier USS Enterprise (CVN 65). Enterprise is deployed to the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility conducting maritime security operations, theater security cooperation efforts and support missions as part of Operation Enduring Freedom. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Scott Pittman/Released)U.S. Navy

ARABIAN GULF (May 19, 2012) Aviation ordancemen move ordnance on the flight deck of the aircraft carrier USS Enterprise (CVN 65). Enterprise is deployed to the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility conducting maritime security operations, theater security cooperation efforts and support missions as part of Operation Enduring Freedom. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Scott Pittman/Released)
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ARABIAN SEA (May 25, 2012) Sailors participate in a pipe-patching relay during a damage control olympics event aboard the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN 72). Lincoln is deployed to the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility conducting maritime security operations, theater security cooperation efforts and support missions as part of Operation Enduring Freedom. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Karolina A. Martinez/Released)

ARABIAN SEA (May 25, 2012) Sailors participate in a pipe-patching relay during a damage control olympics event aboard the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN 72). Lincoln is deployed to the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility conducting maritime security operations, theater security cooperation efforts and support missions as part of Operation Enduring Freedom. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Karolina A. Martinez/Released)

JUNE 

At boot camp, training carried on. Our sailors gained skills in swimming, weaponry, firefighting, and basic marlines pike.

Sailor Recruits learning firefighting skills (photo credit: US Navy Recruit Training Command)

Sailor Recruits learning firefighting skills (photo credit: US Navy Recruit Training Command)

They worked hard to stay fit. Each one had to pass the Navy’s Physical Fitness Assessment (PFA).

(Sep. 19, 2012) Recruits run the Physical Fitness Assessment test at Recruit Training Command, the Navy's only boot camp. (U.S. Navy Photo by Mindy Valle/Released)

(Sep. 19, 2012) Recruits run the Physical Fitness Assessment test at Recruit Training Command, the Navy’s only boot camp. (U.S. Navy Photo by Mindy Valle/Released)

(Oct. 04, 2012) Ships' officers, Recruit Division Commanders and staff perform curl-ups during the 2012 Cycle 2 Physical Fitness Assessment at Recruit Training Command, the Navy's only boot camp.

(Oct. 04, 2012) Ships’ officers, Recruit Division Commanders and staff perform curl-ups during the 2012 Cycle 2 Physical Fitness Assessment at Recruit Training Command, the Navy’s only boot camp.

Then came Battle Stations!

Once they passed Battle Stations 21, THEY OFFICIALLY BECAME SAILORS!

GREAT LAKES, Ill. (Sep. 07, 2012) Recruits wait to trade out their "Recruit" ballcaps for "Navy" ballcaps and earn the title of Sailor after completing Battlestations at Recruit Training Command, the Navy's only boot camp, on Sep. 7. (U.S. Navy Photo by Lt. Liza Swart/Released)

GREAT LAKES, Ill. (Sep. 07, 2012) Recruits wait to trade out their “Recruit” ballcaps for “Navy” ballcaps and earn the title of Sailor after completing Battlestations at Recruit Training Command, the Navy’s only boot camp, on Sep. 7. (U.S. Navy Photo by Lt. Liza Swart/Released)

GREAT LAKES, Ill. (Sep. 07, 2012) Recruits wait to trade out their "Recruit" ballcaps for "Navy" ballcaps and earn the title of Sailor after completing Battlestations at Recruit Training Command, the Navy's only boot camp, on Sep. 7. (U.S. Navy Photo by Lt. Liza Swart/Released)

GREAT LAKES, Ill. (Sep. 07, 2012) Recruits wait to trade out their “Recruit” ballcaps for “Navy” ballcaps and earn the title of Sailor after completing Battlestations at Recruit Training Command, the Navy’s only boot camp, on Sep. 7. (U.S. Navy Photo by Lt. Liza Swart/Released)

GREAT LAKES, Ill. (Sep. 07, 2012) The Navy's newest Sailors stand tall after replacing their "Recruit" ballcaps with "Navy" ballcaps and completing Battlestations at Recruit Training Command, the Navy's only boot camp, on Sep. 7. (U.S. Navy Photo by Lt. Liza Swart/Released)

GREAT LAKES, Ill. (Sep. 07, 2012) The Navy’s newest Sailors stand tall after replacing their “Recruit” ballcaps with “Navy” ballcaps and completing Battlestations at Recruit Training Command, the Navy’s only boot camp, on Sep. 7. (U.S. Navy Photo by Lt. Liza Swart/Released)

Shortly after this…. comes GRADUATION! Everyone is excited for the Navy’s Parade in Review!

NAVAL STATION GREAT LAKES, Ill. (May 18, 2012) Recruits prepare to march into the USS Midway Ceremonial Drill Hall during the Pass-In-Review (PIR) graduation ceremony at Recruit Training Command (RTC), the Navy's only boot camp, here May 11. RTC trains more than 35,000 recruits annually. (U.S. Navy photo by Sue Krawczyk/Released)

NAVAL STATION GREAT LAKES, Ill. (May 18, 2012) Recruits prepare to march into the USS Midway Ceremonial Drill Hall during the Pass-In-Review (PIR) graduation ceremony at Recruit Training Command (RTC), the Navy’s only boot camp, here May 11. RTC trains more than 35,000 recruits annually. (U.S. Navy photo by Sue Krawczyk/Released)

NAVAL STATION GREAT LAKES, Ill. (June 29, 2012) Recruits prepare to march into the USS Midway Ceremonial Drill Hall during the Pass-In-Review (PIR) graduation ceremony at Recruit Training Command (RTC), the Navy's only boot camp, here June 29 where just over 875 recruits graduated. RTC trains more than 35,000 recruits annually. (U.S. Navy photo by Sue Krawczyk/Released)

NAVAL STATION GREAT LAKES, Ill. (June 29, 2012) Recruits prepare to march into the USS Midway Ceremonial Drill Hall during the Pass-In-Review (PIR) graduation ceremony at Recruit Training Command (RTC), the Navy’s only boot camp, here June 29 where just over 875 recruits graduated. RTC trains more than 35,000 recruits annually. (U.S. Navy photo by Sue Krawczyk/Released)

NAVAL STATION GREAT LAKES, Ill. (June 29, 2012) Recruits prepare to turn around and face the guests during the Pass-In-Review (PIR) graduation ceremony at Recruit Training Command (RTC), the Navy's only boot camp, here June 29 where just over 875 recruits graduated. RTC trains more than 35,000 recruits annually. (U.S. Navy photo by Sue Krawczyk/Released)

NAVAL STATION GREAT LAKES, Ill. (June 29, 2012) Recruits prepare to turn around and face the guests during the Pass-In-Review (PIR) graduation ceremony at Recruit Training Command (RTC), the Navy’s only boot camp, here June 29 where just over 875 recruits graduated. RTC trains more than 35,000 recruits annually. (U.S. Navy photo by Sue Krawczyk/Released)

Our Sailors graduating on June 29th.

Our Sailors graduating on June 29th.

NAVAL STATION GREAT LAKES, Ill. (June 29, 2012) Recruits recite “The Sailor’s Creed” during the Pass-In-Review (PIR) graduation ceremony at Recruit Training Command (RTC), the Navy's only boot camp, here June 29 where just over 875 recruits graduated. RTC trains more than 35,000 recruits annually. (U.S. Navy photo by Sue Krawczyk/Released)

NAVAL STATION GREAT LAKES, Ill. (June 29, 2012) Recruits recite “The Sailor’s Creed” during the Pass-In-Review (PIR) graduation ceremony at Recruit Training Command (RTC), the Navy’s only boot camp, here June 29 where just over 875 recruits graduated. RTC trains more than 35,000 recruits annually. (U.S. Navy photo by Sue Krawczyk/Released)

NAVAL STATION GREAT LAKES, Ill. (June 29, 2012) Recruits from the staff division’s state flags perform during the Pass-In-Review (PIR) graduation ceremony at Recruit Training Command (RTC), the Navy's only boot camp, here June 29 where just over 875 recruits graduated. RTC trains more than 35,000 recruits annually. (U.S. Navy photo by Sue Krawczyk/Released)

NAVAL STATION GREAT LAKES, Ill. (June 29, 2012) Recruits from the staff division’s state flags perform during the Pass-In-Review (PIR) graduation ceremony at Recruit Training Command (RTC), the Navy’s only boot camp, here June 29 where just over 875 recruits graduated. RTC trains more than 35,000 recruits annually. (U.S. Navy photo by Sue Krawczyk/Released)

For more posts about boot camp don’t forget to check out the Boot Camp Category!

Meanwhile… IN THE FLEET…

NORTH SULAWESI, Indonesia (June 1, 2012) Dr. Robert Baxt, a Project HOPE volunteer, applies sutures after removing a six-pound tumor from the back of an Indonesian woman aboard the Military Sealift Command hospital ship USNS Mercy (T-AH 19). Mercy is participating in Pacific Partnership 2012, an annual U.S. Pacific Fleet humanitarian and civic assistance mission that brings together U.S. military personnel, host and partner nations, non-government organizations and international agencies to build stronger relationships and develop disaster response capabilities throughout the Asia-Pacific region. (U.S. Navy photo by Kristopher Radder/Released)

NORTH SULAWESI, Indonesia (June 1, 2012) Dr. Robert Baxt, a Project HOPE volunteer, applies sutures after removing a six-pound tumor from the back of an Indonesian woman aboard the Military Sealift Command hospital ship USNS Mercy (T-AH 19). Mercy is participating in Pacific Partnership 2012, an annual U.S. Pacific Fleet humanitarian and civic assistance mission that brings together U.S. military personnel, host and partner nations, non-government organizations and international agencies to build stronger relationships and develop disaster response capabilities throughout the Asia-Pacific region. (U.S. Navy photo by Kristopher Radder/Released)

BALI SEA (June 4, 2012) U.S. Navy visit, board, search and seizure team members assigned to the guided-missile frigate USS Vandergrift (FFG 48), subdue role players aboard the Corvette Class KRI Sultan Iskandar Muda during a training evolution with the Indonesian navy. The event is part of Cooperation Afloat Readiness and Training (CARAT) Indonesia 2012. CARAT 2012 is a nine-country, bilateral exercise between the United States and Bangladesh, Brunei, Cambodia, Indonesia, Malaysia, Singapore, the Philippines, Thailand, and Timor Leste and is designed to enhance maritime security skills and operational cohesiveness among participating forces. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class N. Ross Taylor/Released)

BALI SEA (June 4, 2012) U.S. Navy visit, board, search and seizure team members assigned to the guided-missile frigate USS Vandergrift (FFG 48), subdue role players aboard the Corvette Class KRI Sultan Iskandar Muda during a training evolution with the Indonesian navy. The event is part of Cooperation Afloat Readiness and Training (CARAT) Indonesia 2012. CARAT 2012 is a nine-country, bilateral exercise between the United States and Bangladesh, Brunei, Cambodia, Indonesia, Malaysia, Singapore, the Philippines, Thailand, and Timor Leste and is designed to enhance maritime security skills and operational cohesiveness among participating forces. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class N. Ross Taylor/Released)

KAMPONG SALONG, Malaysia (June 10, 2011) Lt. Barak Wray, left, and Hospital Corpsman Jared Myers extract a tooth during a Cooperation Afloat Readiness and Training (CARAT) Malaysia 2011 medical civic action project. CARAT is a series of bilateral exercises held annually in Southeast Asia to strengthen relationships and enhance force readiness. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Robert Clowney/Released)U.S. Navy —

KAMPONG SALONG, Malaysia (June 10, 2011) Lt. Barak Wray, left, and Hospital Corpsman Jared Myers extract a tooth during a Cooperation Afloat Readiness and Training (CARAT) Malaysia 2011 medical civic action project. CARAT is a series of bilateral exercises held annually in Southeast Asia to strengthen relationships and enhance force readiness. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Robert Clowney/Released)
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Point Mugu, Calif. (June 13, 2012) Construction Mechanic Constructionman James Hayden, a Seabee assigned to Naval Mobile Construction Battalion (NMCB) 5Õs convoy security element, stands watch on a stairwell during training in the 31st Seabee Readiness Group Urban Skills Training class. Convoy security element Seabees with NMCB 5 learn advanced techniques in the class to improve knowledge ranging from weapons, tactics and how to eliminate hostile threats. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Ace Rheaume/Released)U.S. Navy

Point Mugu, Calif. (June 13, 2012) Construction Mechanic Constructionman James Hayden, a Seabee assigned to Naval Mobile Construction Battalion (NMCB) 5Õs convoy security element, stands watch on a stairwell during training in the 31st Seabee Readiness Group Urban Skills Training class. Convoy security element Seabees with NMCB 5 learn advanced techniques in the class to improve knowledge ranging from weapons, tactics and how to eliminate hostile threats. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Ace Rheaume/Released)
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Flag Day parade with (photo credit us navy)

Flag Day parade with the USS Constitution (photo credit us navy)

To Be Continued….

Memorable Moments of 2012~ Pt 3

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2 thoughts on “Memorable Moments of 2012~ Pt 2

  1. Wow! You did a really beautiful job of creating a timeline that both informs and inspires. The images you chose were wonderful. It was an amazing 2012 and I wish you all a Happy New Year and all good things for 2013!

    • Thank you Gina! That coming from you means a lot. We also thank you for the wonderful mention in your latest blog post! I’m super impressed and excited that you had such an opportunity. Keep carrying on, and again thank you.

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