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How long could my husband be out for deployment on a ship?

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average is 8 months

And that may be every other  year.  There are also shorter underway, drills, sea trials, exercises, and so on.  Those can be a week or more, but rarely over two or three months.  

Or he could get a ship in dry dock (for repairs), and never go to sea, just work.

11½ years of active duty and my Sailor has never been deployed on a ship.

As they sing in HMS Pinafore:

Stick close to your desks and never go to sea,
And you all may be rulers of the Queen's Navee!

Thank you all for replying to my question! I really appreciate it! Thank you again!

Navy wife for life, Cryptodad's Sailor has never been a Nuke. Anti M's reply is the most helpful in your situation.

My nephew is a nuke, and just finished his sea tour on a submarine.  He was out a lot.  Now he has orders to shore duty, prototype instructor, with a happy wife and brand new adorable baby.  Hang in there, it gets good!

I gave the usual answer for surface sailors.  Oddly, I never went to a ship, just overseas.  Women could not serve on combat ships when I was enlisted.  I still know how it works, father, husband, and acquired kid were all aviation on carriers, or ETs on amphibs.  Lots of sea time.  Loooooots of it.

Never been a nuke, but my Sailor has served 2 enlistments afloat on DDGs.You just never know how things are going to work out.

My husband will be on a ship....he's 6"1 so he's to tall to be on a submarine. But thank you all!

Anti M.  what is the best way for a nosey mom to stay up to date with what they are doing,, where they have bee, etc.  also Im wondering what they do if they aren't doing their jobs.  is there a good source for this ? I am following the USS Normandy Facebook page which is helpful.

Your sailor can sign you up with the ombudsman, and you'd get the official newsletters and updates.  Only spouses can sign themselves up without service member approval.  

found it, thanks- 

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