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**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.

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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).  


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Hello everybody! 


I don't personally have a son or daughter in the NAVY, but my husband does, and he's on the USS Carter Hall, LSD 50.   I am so very proud of him, and would be proud if he had been my OWN son.  ;-) 


I have not had a chance to read this site's guidelines yet, so without saying or giving away much, I know you guys must know where the USS Carter Hall is located right now.  My husband's son called home the other morning and it was very early (NOT that I minded it was early, but I took the call, and I do NOT have the best memory so early in the a.m.)!   Anyhow, he told me they would be returning to the US--- and he told me the exact date, but the thing is, my brother in law comes along and asks me, "Which port---Virginia, or Jacksonville?"  And I don't know!!!  OMGosh, I didn't even realize there was a choice!  I just assumed it would be Virginia!!


Does anyone happen to know which port?  I feel like such an idiot!!   And for those who might not know when they are returning to the USA, is it okay if I can tell you guys when it will be?  I don't want to get in any trouble here.... 


Thanks all.  ~Molly

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I would love to know when they are returning!! My son got his orders today that he's going out on the ship tomorrow!!!!
Am I allowed to post that information here without getting anyone in trouble? 
(Kristi, I tried to send you a message, but it said we had to be friends, so I sent a friend request.  I thought you might still be on here, but I guess you left.  As soon as I hear from you, I'll let you know when he said they would be back).
No you can not post the exact date on here. can put the month.

the month would be May


The Carter Hall has a facebook page called USS Carter Hall Frg I think.  I don't have it with me right now, but it is run by their ombudsman, who are in the know through contact with the ship or something I guess, but they have info on the ships return not the time and date of course, but info about base passes activities planed hotels and such.  I hope I have the name right.  You just go on facebook and request to be their friend, and you will start receiveing info within 24 hour at the most.

Thanks, Martha, I'll look for it. 

First, I would like to remind everyone on that it is the safety of the Sailors and Marines onboard the CARTER HALL that are at risk for passing information this way (electronically).

Whether you believe it or not, many terrorist organizations/anti-government organizations, etc scan websites specifically like this for information gathering




As for Carter Hall, she is homeported, officially in record on their website, in Virginia Beach VA.  Therefore, when she does return, that is the location.


For those posting return Months and Dates....STOP!  You are risking the lives of the people you say you love!!!!

Thanks for the help, navvswoman.  I was careful--I didn't post any dates or anything.  I came to ask IF it was okay, and was told no, so I made sure not to post any info, other than asking which port.  Thank you for clarifying the port for me.  ;-)  ~Molly

not a problem blackberry bunny


It was not targeted at you, just as a whole.  Someone posts a month here, then sends an email with a vague date there and next thing you know, anyone can find the information they want/need.  I know it seems so far fetched, but I have seen it first hand...think USS COLE.  Additionally, think the newest credit card company exposures through is possible.

I see a lot of comments about "I will email you the info" but it is still not secure communications.  The only way that the ship/Navy allows such comms is through hard mail (good old fashion snail).  That is it!


However, since CH is registered as a ship stationed at Little Creek Joint Expeditionary Base, you can safely assume that is their final destination.


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