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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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Visite esta página para explorar en su idioma las oportunidades de educación y carreras para sus hijos en el Navy.




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 Wednesday

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

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.

Discussion Forum

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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 Wednesday

My sailor came through with the exact location of the Ford, so I was able to book a hotel somewhat close, but things were already filling up in the area, so not as close as I was hoping for. 

My husband shared this information about fleet week in Norfolk, VA, if anyone is interested -

Comment by Chipmunk on September 30, 2019 at 9:54pm

Anyone know of good motels near where the USS Gerald R Ford is located at? Thanks!

Comment by B'sNukeMoM⚓️MMN on September 20, 2019 at 10:08am

See the source image

Comment by Chipmunk on September 17, 2019 at 12:06pm

Good Morning all!! I have not posted much because mostly, I know my sailor has been working hard. His department is doing training and qualifications.  Hopefully, things go smoothly so that we can plan a visit to see him for his birthday soon.

Comment by B'sNukeMoM⚓️MMN on September 11, 2019 at 10:55am

Comment by Chipmunk on September 11, 2019 at 9:22am

9-11 A Day to Remember - My sailor was three years old and I was yet to be pregnant with our youngest who was born the following year at 9:11 PM. Like those who were alive during the JFK assassination - I too will always remember where I was when I heard the news. I was getting out of the car to drop my sailor off at preschool when a friend of mine said, "The Towers have been bombed" or something like that. I could not even fathom or comprehend what had happened. I had been to the top of the World Trade Center on a tour with exchange students when I was in high school.  I left my son at the Mother's Day Out and came home to turn on the news. My little girls were all in school with some of them having information flying around  them and others protected. 

The impact for our family hit closer to home when bomb threats started coming into the schools and our children were evacuated to outside in what was still a hot time for our area. High schoolers were dispersed and had no way of contacting parents, because until that point cell phones were banned from the schools.

Once again, our community faced terrorism at its doorstep, and we reached out across the miles from OKC to NYC to help a community heal, rebuild, and pay tribute to loved ones who had been lost. 

While we will never forget and always remember those lives lost, may we continue to love, support, and pray for all our military, first responders, and their family members who continue to give their lives for our freedom. May our own lives share love, goodness, and mercy with all those around us.

Comment by Chipmunk on August 31, 2019 at 8:55am

Yvonne and John -  I am sure he will enjoy that. It is a much better story  in person. 

Comment by John and Yvonne on August 29, 2019 at 9:52pm


We'll have to get your Sailor to tell us about that match! :)

Yvonne and John

Comment by Chipmunk on August 23, 2019 at 8:47pm

It was good to hear from my sailor. They had a friendly wrestling match and he was pleased to have won two matches. 

Comment by Chipmunk on August 22, 2019 at 8:45am

My son told me his rotation for duty days are ramping up and he is having to stand watches more often. Which means, I am back to just waiting for his call or text to say hi. I feel like I am back at BC again, trying to get a sense of what he is doing and when. Lots of prayers but I know that he is doing his job and I can rest in that. 


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