This site is for mothers of kids in the U.S. Navy and for Moms who have questions about Navy life for their kids.



Choose your Username.  For the privacy and safety of you and/or your sailor, NO LAST NAMES ARE ALLOWED, even if your last name differs from that of your sailor (please make sure your URL address does not include your last name either).  Also, please do not include your email address in your user name. Go to "Settings" above to set your Username.  While there, complete your Profile so you can post and share photos and videos of your Sailor and share stories with other moms!

Make sure to read our Community Guidelines and this Navy Operations Security (OPSEC) checklist - loose lips sink ships!

Join groups!  Browse for groups for your PIR date, your sailor's occupational specialty, "A" school, assigned ship, homeport city, your own city or state, and a myriad of other interests. Jump in and introduce yourself!  Start making friends that can last a lifetime.

Link to Navy Speak - Navy Terms & Acronyms: Navy Speak

All Hands Magazine's mini-documentary series "Making a Sailor": These six videos follow four recruits through Boot Camp in the spring of 2018 who were assigned to DIV 229, an integrated division, which had PIR on 05/25/2018. 

Making a Sailor: Episode 1 - "Get on the Bus"

Making a Sailor: Episode 2 - "What did I get myself into?"

Making a Sailor: Episode 3 - "Processing Days"

Making a Sailor: Episode 4 - "Forming"

Boot Camp: Making a Sailor - Episode 5

Making a Sailor: Episode 6 - "I'm a U.S. Navy Sailor"

...and visit - America's Navy and to learn more.

OPSEC - Navy Operations Security

Always keep Navy Operations Security in mind.  In the Navy, it's essential to remember that "loose lips sink ships."  OPSEC is everyone's responsibility. 

DON'T post critical information including future destinations or ports of call; future operations, exercises or missions; deployment or homecoming dates.  

DO be smart, use your head, always think OPSEC when using texts, email, phone, and social media, and watch this video: "Importance of Navy OPSEC."


Please note! Changes to this guide happened in October 2017. There are now tickets issued, and there are no longer parking passes for PIR.

Please see changes to attending PIR in the PAGES column. The PAGES are located under the member icons on the right side.

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Sub Moms

Welcome to the deep, silent world of submarines!  If you're new to this world, start by reading the "Pages" of info found in the right-hand column, below the strip of member avatars.

We welcome your questions.  But, while you're here, maintain silence... don't slam doors or the lid on the toilet!


Group Administrator: Kaye S. Kaye S.

Members: 1271
Latest Activity: Sep 12




in the right-hand column, under the avatars ----->


These articles are the "reference library" for moms, ready to answer FAQs (Frequently Asked Questions) 24x7 (twenty-four hours, seven days a week).  You may not have to post a question after all!  Thanks, Kaye S.






Need an Ombudsman?  OMBUDSMAN REGISTRY

Discussion Forum

Dealing with emergencies

Started by WearsLargeHats. Last reply by Madre May 28, 2018. 4 Replies

Bangor, Washington

Started by Shea. Last reply by Shea May 24, 2018. 2 Replies

Submarine Decommissioning

Started by WearsLargeHats. Last reply by elizabeth77(USS SAN FRANCISCO) Mar 29, 2018. 3 Replies

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Comment by Gloria P. on October 28, 2008 at 7:03pm
Hi everyone. My son Dan started sub school yesterday. Can't wait to hear how different it is from boot camp. So glad he is nearby at Groton, CT.
Comment by Kaye S. on October 28, 2008 at 2:11pm
Welcome, Cheryl! Sub Nukes are doubly awesome. Nukes have brains and Submariners have... well, let's just say they're "brave" too ;-) Hugs, ks.
Comment by Kaye S. on October 26, 2008 at 3:22pm
No big deal... this site is all about moms sharing their "stuff!" Below is advice I posted on the discussion "Roll Call," but thought it'd be helpful here too:

Once your sailor gets to his boat, I highly recommend getting in touch with his Ombudsman (think "Team Mom"). She's the information clearinghouse between the Command and the families of the crew (this includes parents). She'll release info about deployments and arrivals. She's also the "go-to-girl" for questions you have, rather than calling the ship's office.

Each boat should have its own website, and the Ombudsman is usually found there. If not, contact the ship's office for her info. She will want to know your son's emergency contact information (just in case). There is a separate Ombudsman for the Blue and Gold crews.

Another group to contact is the FRG (Family Readiness Group). This is the informal association of crew families and is mostly comprised of crew wives. The FRG should have regular meetings where they plan social events for the crew and disseminate other information like the on-base recreation programs, continuing ed classes; plus benefits and programs offered by the Navy for families.

The ALABAMA's FRG and Ombudsmen send me a monthly newsletter which has an article by the Captain, notices of command changes, a calendar of upcoming events (official and social), crew birthdays, greetings and farewells to crew members, new baby notices, promotions, etc., etc. It's unclassified, so I email it to the grandmothers and aunts. It's so helpful, that I email it to Son! He's said, "I don't get it... Mom isn't even in the Navy and she knows more about what's happening on my boat than I do."

Funny story: I got a call from the Blue crew's Ombudsman yesterday, verifying all the contact information, etc. on record and we wound up talking for 30 minutes about stuff. She giggled when I told her Son is wigged out 'cuz I'm getting to cyber-know the wives of his commanders. While we were in Texas, my husband had a name for the ability of moms to network quickly and widely, and use that network to keep tabs on each other's kids. He called it "The Mama Mafia." When Son freaked that I knew his Master Chief's wife, I told him, "The Mama Mafia has gone global. You only thought you were getting away from me. Now I can find out what you're up to anywhere in the world!"

Another mom in the discussion group “Roll Call” didn’t know where to find the info I mention above, so I helped her out by doing some Googling:

1. I Googled "uss columbia" - and found a link to "USS Columbia SSN-762"; those containing "" are official USN sites. So, I clicked that one...
2. On Columbia’s page, I clicked "Commanding Officer" - and read about the Captain.
3. Then I clicked "Home" to see what the home page was - it took me to “Commander, Submarine Force of the US Pacific Fleet” page, and wrote down the phone number at the bottom of the page.
4. Then clicked on "squadrons and submarines" at the top of the page - discovered that the Columbia is in Squadron 7, and wrote down that phone number
5. Then clicked on "Information" at the top of this page, but found a dead end - BUT I FOUND 2 PHONE NUMBERS THAT MIGHT BE HELPFUL...

6. So, next I Googled "USS Columbia Ombudsman" - and saw a link for "Commander, U.S. Pacific Fleet" (this would be the boss of the Pac Fleet Sub Commander); I clicked that ( and hit PAYDIRT! On his page, found the link to "Welcome Aboard" which is tons of helpful hone numbers for new arrivals and family members. Also, found "Contact Us" which has many phone numbers of duty officers, etc.
7. The next step is to start calling phone numbers and asking for the contact info of your sub’s Ombudsman (and Family Readiness Group, if they have it).

If the first call isn't very fruitful, keep going. (Don't forget that Chaplains are on your side too). Eventually, you'll ferret out the contacts you're looking for… be tenacious and you'll get what you need. And in the process, I learned alot about the Columbia and the Pacific Fleet - including the Wikipedia article on her!
Comment by Kaye S. on October 25, 2008 at 11:55pm
Also, moms if you Google your son's sub, you'll find lots of info about it... most have Wikipedia articles about them with links to other sites. You'll also most likely find a sub patch/emblem that you can copy to a file for use on icons, stationery, address stickers, etc.

I'll boast a little: The USS Alabama had a fictional movie made about it ("Crimson Tide" with Denzel Washington), so the Wikipedia article about it is very robust!
Comment by Kaye S. on October 25, 2008 at 12:08am
Here's another one that's good:

You can virtual-tour a fast attack sub, and there are descriptions of sub life written by submariners.
Comment by Kaye S. on October 24, 2008 at 4:49pm
Hey, Sub Moms! Here's a page on the Discovery Channel's website about "How Submarines Work." There are 8 topics, with videos, about subs and I learned alot!
Comment by Kaye S. on October 22, 2008 at 12:41am
Hey Sheila! Welcome... my son is a MM3 on the Alabama! He's Blue crew. What's yours? Mine just got switched from Gold 3 weeks ago after being on that crew since April... surely they know each other.
Comment by Kaye S. on October 17, 2008 at 12:21am
For those who have someone on a boomer, here is an UNCLASSIFIED cutaway view of what they look like inside:

This is so helpful when Son is talking about his boat!
Comment by Kaye S. on October 8, 2008 at 6:05pm
What's BESS? My kid is a nuke, so we didn't have that.
Comment by Paulette,Rob's Mom on September 29, 2008 at 5:15pm
Hi Karolee. My son Robert's PIIR is 10/10 then he is going for missile tech also. Was Patrick in CT all that time after bootcamp or did he go someplace after CT. This is all new to me, I have a cousin that was in subs in the 70's but I don't know much about what he did.
Rob's dad and I are planning on going to PIR. It seems liek forever since we have seen him.
Good luck to Patrick and you.
Paulette (sub-mom-in-training)

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