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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.

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USS Gerald R. Ford CVN78


This group is for friends and families with sailors aboard the USS Gerald R. Ford (CVN78).

Official website:

USS Ford

Ford Ship FB page:

location: Norfolk, VA

Members: 4
Latest Activity: on Friday

IMPORTANT:  Read and follow these Operational Security (OPSEC) guidelines.  N4M is an open website that can be read by non-members; and not all members are necessarily what they seem.  Be smart and keep yourself and all our sailors safe.  Keep YOUR safety in mind too.   It's human nature to trust and want to share, but don't provide personal information to others.  Great and lasting friendships are made on, but use common sense and caution before proceeding. Online chat safety tips


In the event of an emergency within the sailor’s family, where you feel the sailor must be notified and considered for Emergency Leave, you must notify the American Red Cross through the national headquarters in Washington, DC (1-877-272-7337) or via their website

What are The Ten Rules of OPSEC?

1. Don't discuss current or future destinations.

2. Don't discuss current or future operations or missions.

3. Don't discuss current or future dates and times of when Sailors will be in station or conducting exercises.

4. Don't discuss readiness issues and numbers.

5. Don't discuss specific training equipment.

6. Don't discuss people's names and billets in conjunction with operations.

7. Don't speculate about current or future operations.

8. Don't spread rumors about current, future, or past operations or movements.

9.. Don't assume the enemy is not trying to collect information on you; he is.

10. Be smart, use your head, and always think OPSEC when using email, phone, chat rooms, and message boards.

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Comment Wall


You need to be a member of USS Gerald R. Ford CVN78 to add comments!

Comment by Chipmunk on Friday

WonderGeekWoman - FYI I sent you another message.

Comment by Chipmunk on Thursday

WonderGeekWoman - See if what I sent is helpful.

Comment by Chipmunk on Thursday

WonderGeekWoman - I sent you a private message!

Comment by WonderGeekWoman on Thursday

Awww, cool! I'd love to see that picture and search for my Waldo!

Comment by Chipmunk on November 13, 2019 at 11:30pm

So, I had an email from my sailor - I had found a picture posted on the ombudsman page of the ship and everyone on it. (Instead of Where's Waldo, Where's your sailor!!) I copied the link planning to email it to him when - Low and behold! he had emailed the picture to me.

He said it was the first day he had seen the sun in 7 days. "The captain has a good sense of humor and told the ship beforehand all of RX department would be squinting. I got on the flight deck and was like 'darn it he was right!' "

My son has a great appreciation for his captain who he has called awesome! Unfortunately, he was working when they had the burial at sea on Veteran's Day, but he was glad they were able to do it.

Comment by Chipmunk on November 12, 2019 at 4:02pm

WonderGeekWoman - The Veteran's Day pictures I saw on the main FB page, so you should be able to view them. FB is goofy in my opinion, so I am constantly refreshing to get it to pull up new things or bring back something I had just noticed.

Yes, I hope our boys got to be a part of it as well. There was one picture that showed some of them there, but it did not look like the entire crew. There were about 20 pictures posted.

Comment by WonderGeekWoman on November 12, 2019 at 3:30pm

<3 <3 <3 Hopefully my son will respond to the Ombudsman's email soon so I can get in that group. I did see an article that it happened, but it only had one pic. I hope our boys got to see it happen and weren't working. So cool. <3 <3 <3

Comment by Chipmunk on November 12, 2019 at 1:55pm

I just looked at the USS Ford's FB page and evidently they had a Veteran's Day burial at sea for 30 veterans yesterday. Some very moving pictures. One showed a grandson, currently serving on the Ford, carrying his grandfather's ashes. Touched my heart and made me think of my father. 

Comment by Chipmunk on November 11, 2019 at 8:06pm

Just came home from watching Midway with my husband and son on this Veteran's Day afternoon!  Having a sailor out on a carrier puts this war movie, its predecessor and all others in a brand new light!!  

May I never forget the sacrifices that have been made by so many, including those in my family.

Comment by Chipmunk on November 11, 2019 at 9:39am

Thoughts and prayers for all of our sailors aboard the USS Gerald R. Ford on this Veteran's Day. Each and everyone of them are becoming a part of a few Americans as they serve our country and later will be the ones wearing their uniforms at the various community Veteran's Day services. 

May their underway training continue to strengthen their skills and prepare them to be a part of our Nation's mighty fleet! May all be safe as they undertake each new task and skill. And may we not forget the lives, service and sacrifice of other military brethren recently lost.


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