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When the sailors get their first orders, do you say fleet other duty station? Can anyone explain the difference. Thanks

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Comment by Anti M on January 5, 2016 at 10:20am

"The fleet" is the entire Navy.  A duty station is a specific command.  So you can say "headed to the fleet", or "at their next duty station".  You can also call it their command, as in "at their new command".

Comment by Navymom099 on January 5, 2016 at 12:45pm
Thank you
Comment by Buckeyebill on January 21, 2016 at 1:10am

Fleet means Navy ships.

Comment by lemonelephant on January 21, 2016 at 1:56am

Buckeyebill, I respectfully disagree with your answer and I support Anti M's explanation. Yes, it can mean Navy ships, but as used in the question above, it means "the Navy as a whole." For example on page 3 of the DEP START Guide, you will find this sentence: "Navy recruiters first serve in the fleet and have gained valuable experience which will help him or her explain your Navy benefits."

Comment by Buckeyebill on January 21, 2016 at 9:50am


  1. the largest group of naval vessels under one commander, organized for specific tactical or other purposes:
    "an invasion fleet"
    • (the fleet)
      a country's navy:
      "the US fleet"
      synonyms: navy · naval force · (naval) task force · armada ·
    • a group of ships sailing together, engaged in the same activity, or under the same ownership:
      "the small port supports a fishing fleet"
    • a number of ships, vehicles or aircraft operating together or under the same ownership:
      "a fleet of ambulances took the injured to hospital"


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