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 full length documentary "Making a Sailor": This video follows 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. 

Boot Camp: Making a Sailor (Full Length Documentary - 2018)

Boot Camp: Behind the Scenes at RTC

...and visit - America's Navy and also Navy Live - The Official Blog of the Navy 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."

Follow this link for OPSEC Guidelines:



**UPDATE 4/26/2022** Effective with the May 6, 2022 PIR 4 guests will be allowed.  Still must be fully vaccinated to attend.

**UPDATE as of 11/10/2022 PIR vaccination is no longer required.

**UPDATE 7/29/2021** You now must be fully vaccinated in order to attend PIR:

In light of observed changes and impact of the Coronavirus Delta Variant and out of an abundance of caution for our recruits, Sailors, staff, and guests, Recruit Training Command is restricting Pass-in-Review (recruit graduation) to ONLY fully immunized guests (14-days post final COVID vaccination dose).  


RTC Graduation

**UPDATE 8/25/2022 - MASK MANDATE IS LIFTED.  Vaccinations still required.

**UPDATE 11/10/22 PIR - Vaccinations no longer required.


Please note! Changes to this guide happened in October 2017. Tickets are now issued for all guests, and all guests must have a ticket to enter base. A separate parking pass is no longer needed to drive on to base for parking.

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 Ashland LSD-48

Whidbey Island-class dock landing ship of the US Navy. group for mom, wife, fiancee, girlfriend, family, friends, & shipmates of this ship.

Location: Norfolk
Members: 25
Latest Activity: Feb 28, 2020

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Comment by AustinsMomShip03Div157April15th on October 30, 2016 at 10:39pm

So my son is heading to USS Ashland after he finishes A School.  Is anybody still here in this group?  

Comment by Mamma Marsha on April 13, 2015 at 8:26am
Hi Katie.- welcome aboard. My Sailor has been in Japan since July 2013.
Comment by Katie.courtney on April 13, 2015 at 7:54am
Hi moms! My son is about to head from Great Lakes to the USS Ashland (we don't have a date yet and he'll be able to visit on leave first). Just looking for info and support - thank you all! Very exciting!
Comment by blm on April 10, 2014 at 5:55pm

Yes I follow the Ashland facebook page also and have seen my daughter a few time-always a thrill to see her face!

Comment by Dee on April 10, 2014 at 12:48pm

Hello all, I see no one has posted on here in awhile. Our sailors are busy on Deployment as of this comment.  They have been trying some things that have never been done on an LSD before which is kinda cool. They do have pictures on their face book page as you all probably know.  My son has been over in Japan for a little over a year now.  He loves the culture and his job.  He just received an achievement medal as did some of his other ship mates.  So just a bit more proud today.  Check out the face book page for recent pictures of all our sailors aboard the USS Ashland serving and making us proud


Comment by Janai'sMom on December 5, 2013 at 2:58pm

Thanks Mamma Marsha.  So far, so good.  She had to get a different phone, but now has internet so we have been able to talk.  She's waiting for the ship to come back from the Philippines, and is very happy.

Comment by Mamma Marsha on December 5, 2013 at 1:44pm

Welcome Janai'smom my Sailor has been in Japan (The Ashland) since July 20 and loves his job as HT and he is also Flight deck crew.

Comment by Janai'sMom on November 17, 2013 at 10:27pm

Hi percussionvalentine, my daughter will be a Hull Technician (HT).  I'm already on the facebook page for the Ashland, I'll look into the one for the US 7th Fleet as well, and the Ombudsman page.  The more information I can get, the better I am (aren't we all?).  Once they are on board the ship, how is the communicaton?  How is your son doing? Is he enjoying Japan?


Comment by Janai'sMom on November 17, 2013 at 9:34pm

Hi Moms, I'm new to this group.  My daughter is departing on Dec. 2nd from Sacramento to board the USS Ashland.  She's a bit nervous, this is her first tour.  She graduated from A School in GL about a month ago as a HT.  I'd love to have some new friends to share this experience with, this site sure was a godsend for me while she was at BC.  

Comment by Dee on November 6, 2013 at 1:57pm

Hello all........ my sons PIR date was 2-1-13 and he went directly to the Tortuga now on the USS Ashland.  He is busy learning his job every day as he went in undesignated so he could make a choice about his job before jumping in to the unknown, He is in damage control any other moms out there or dads with son's on the Ashland in damage control.  Maybe chat sometime?


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