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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.

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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."


**UPDATE - 2020**

Due to COVID there is no public PIR. The graduations are on Thursday, and the video of the graduation is posted on RTC's FaceBook on Friday at approx 3pm. Please keep in mind that a division may need to complete additional quarantine during training which will delay their graduation.

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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USS George Washington, USS Cowpens Aid Vessel in Distress   
By Lt. Cmdr. Dave Hecht, USS George Washington Public Affairs Officer


INDIAN OCEAN (July 8, 2011) A stranded fishing vessel in the Indian Ocean, discovered by helicopters from the nuclear-powered aircraft carrier USS George Washington (CVN73), awaits rescue. George Washington sent Sailors in rigid hulled inflatable boats and helicopters to assist the civilians who were then taken to USS Cowpens (CG 63). (US Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class William Pittman)

INDIAN OCEAN - The nuclear-powered aircraft carrier USS George Washington (CVN 73) and the guided-missile cruiser USS Cowpens (CG 63) came to the aid and support of an Indonesian-flagged fishing vessel in distress, July 8 while en route to Australia to participate in exercise Talisman Sabre 2011.

“This is an example of what the United States Navy does best,” said George Washington’s Commanding Officer, Capt. David A. Lausman. “When a fellow mariner is in need of help, it is our responsibility to come to their aid.  That’s what we did today and I’m very proud of the way our crew responded to this situation.”

While conducting a replenishment-at-sea, helicopter pilots in the air and assigned to George Washington first noticed the small fishing vessel KM Jimmy Wijaya 9. The boat appeared to be dead in the water with the crew topside, wearing lifejackets and waving to the helicopters for help. Two crewmembers from the distressed vessel jumped into the water and were rescued by search and rescue swimmers from one of the helicopters.

“No one on the boat was injured but they’ve been out here for a while and are pretty thirsty,” said George Washington’s navigator, Cmdr. Wes McCall.

The crew of the fishing vessel reported that they had been adrift for eight days without food and water.

INDIAN OCEAN (July 8, 2011) Sailors from aircraft carrier USS George Washington (CVN 73) approach a crippled Indonesian fishing vessel after transporting crew members to USS Cowpens (CG 63). (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2rd Class Adam K. Thomas)

George Washington dispatched two rigid hull inflatable boats (RHIB) to the fishing vessel and ultimately transported 25 people to Cowpens. Another six crewmembers, including the ship’s master stayed behind.  For those who remained on the stranded boat, George Washington provided several cases of fresh water and food.

“It’s a great feeling to know that we were able to go out here and help out,” said Boatswain’s Mate 2nd Class William Delancey. “I was pretty excited actually because it’s a real situation that we train for. We get to drive these RHIBs a lot but to finally put our training into action and take care of a real life situation feels really good.”

The ship’s master and crew who chose to remain aboard KM Jimmy Wijaya 9 received notice that their company was sending a vessel to assist them when USS Cowpens departed. The 25 passengers that chose to embark Cowpens were later transferred to an Indonesian Navy ship.

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