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Hi Everyone!  If I drove down to Norfolk to see my son off when he leaves on his ship, would I have time to see him for a few days?  He's not stationed in VA.  He will be transferred to Norfolk to board his ship.  Im wondering if I will have a few days with him, or it the process that he boards the ship and leaves the same day or close to that?  I guess Im asking if he will be able to have time to visit with family before he leaves.  Like can he go on and off the ship after "duty" ?  Thanks for any experience anyone has had to answer this question!!  Praying for all our Sailors!  :)

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My daughter is also attached to a ship in Norfolk but she is stationed in Washington State. When they fly the squadrons to the ship they usually only get there a day, maybe two before the ship is scheduled to leave. He will probably get liberty after his work day just like he does on his base. My daughter did get to go off the ship and out in town the two nights she was in VA., so unless there is other circumstances, I dont see why he cant visit with you before he leaves.

Is he in school now?  Will he be part of the ship's crew?  Or is he on a squadron?

If he is on a squadron, the answer is different than if he will be crew.

All I know is that as a ship prepares to get underway, it gets insanely busy.  There are more tasks to do than simply working eight hours or standing a watch.  In some cases, he will have time, but there is no way to know until he checks in and is assigned to his department/division.  He might have a few liberty hours, but I suspect he could be quite busy.



Thanks for the replies, both of you!  He's not in school. He's IT and would be part of the ship's crew.  I'm sure it will be busy.  I just want to know if I can book a hotel for a few days, would I be able to see him.  Is the departure a formal affair like you always see on TV?  I want to be there for the last wave... (starting to cry already).  Also, do ships leave on their exact date as posted, or do they change dates so the exact day would not be definite until the last minute? ugh... so many thoughts!!

The date usually stays the same unless it changes.  (Come on, laugh)

If he is the new guy, he'll be concentrating on checking in and settling in, perhaps helping with the grunt work up front.  Unlikely he'd be assigned watch, he isn't qual'd yet.  If his paygrade is low, he'll be cranking most likely.  

Departure tends to be somewhat low key in my experience, focused on the tasks involved in safely leaving the pier.  The crew is usually too busy to be up on deck for that wave goodbye, and no civilian gets to go onboard to say goodbye.  (Others may have had different experiences with different ships, times, locations, paygrades)  Homecoming is the big formal deal.  Make sure he gets you signed up with the ombudsman, in fact, google the official ship's page, and find her/his phone number. Call, and ask what departure is like. The ombudsman is the volunteer spouse who coordinates communication between families and the Navy. They can be the best source of information.

First of all, I did laugh... ha!   and you're the best!  I will certainly contact the ship's ombudsman!  And thanks for the explanation of who that really is!   I'll call and figure out the details from there.  Anything else you can impart, I will be grateful for!  Thanks again so much!
My daughter just deployed and no parents of sailors were let on base to watch the departure. they do man the rails for a while, but all the parents of sailors had to watch from a bridge not on the base. Was not good for some parents, completely disappointed. but like AntiM says, each ship is different, and its the Navy. so things may change.
Wow, thought it was a big deal when they leave too.  I'll do my best to find out.  Either way, even if it's from far away, I'd love to be there... just because!  I also hope he has time to hang out with us a few days before. Thanks for your answer!  I will definitely be there for homecoming too! Sounds exciting!
LOL, stop watching movies and TV.

LOL... oookaaayyy !    ha!


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