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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.

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USS Antietam (formerly USS Cowpens)


USS Antietam (formerly USS Cowpens)

Members: 25
Latest Activity: Nov 14, 2019

Discussion Forum

Moms with Antietam Sailors

Started by barefootie Dec 31, 2018. 0 Replies

hello. Any moms out there with Antietam sailors?:)Continue

son will be station in japan

Started by Gina Jun 10, 2014. 0 Replies

Hi there my son will be leaving for Japan next week.other than being away to bc 3 mos ago this will be the very first time for him to be away from home. I'm pretty sure that he'll be ok. But I would…Continue


Started by Sw33tTee826. Last reply by Elane L. Apr 26, 2014. 3 Replies



Started by R&BCook Jul 14, 2011. 0 Replies

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

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Comment by Robin on May 27, 2015 at 1:42pm
Well he was only in Japan for a couple of days and poof.. they are underway.. Does anyone have he address for the ship? Will they get letter/packages? Yes, this is our first time at this, he is pretty fresh from PIR.
Comment by Cheryl-TedsMom on May 11, 2015 at 11:29pm

Robin - now that he's on his way keep us in the keep posting to keep us in the loop. Just remember to share. Questions & concerns are why we're here. Also if this is his first deployment - Navy is not the only resource available. I have gotten great advise from these ladies....Take care

Comment by Robin on May 10, 2015 at 3:23pm

After 2 weeks home, my son leaves and heads towards the Antietam tomorrow morning.   ughh...  He seems excited.    

Comment by Robin on April 20, 2015 at 8:50am
Thank you Elane and Cheryl!!! Good info. He comes home for a couple of weeks before heading over to the Antietam. I hope he will get out and explore the country when he has time!! We are looking forward to visiting him at some point. He thinks he will be there 3 years.
Comment by Elane L. on April 19, 2015 at 4:38pm

my son spent 26 months on the Antietam.  when he went over I put his Verizon phone on military hold.   no charge for unlimited time...  He got a japanese phone there, they have different type of sim card so the US ones don't work without expensive Int'l national plans on them .. They can get phones with plans for reduced rates for stateside calls or get the wi-fi on them.  If they have a computer the option of skype, facetime, etc does exist.   Although mine IS NOT a I am glad he is back stateside.  be sure to look up the facebook page for the ship, also get connected with the ship's Ombudsman fb page and there are a couple of others pages that post pix.   If your's is a socializer will be easier for him to make friends and explore the country.  I did get to go visit mine there, it was a fantastic experience. 

Comment by Cheryl-TedsMom on April 17, 2015 at 1:11pm

Robin - my sailor "suspended" his Verizon cellphone acct. when he left the States. That means when anytime he comes back they can simply re-active that line/number. He bought a new one when he got to Yokosuka - though he says service is not the best. The Live Stream notice and link was posted on the Antietam's FB account, but I have not receive a Viper Friday for over a month. I think they lost a PR crewmember so it may no longer be available. There are some really interesting pictures on their FB for a "Tiger" cruise they just completed. 

Comment by Robin on April 16, 2015 at 10:00am
Great! Thank you for the Response. We are very excited for him to have the opportunity to experience Japan. His grandparents were stationed at a nearby Air Base and his uncle was born there. Do they take their phones there and just get a new plan there and cancel the one here? So many questions.... where is the Live Sream?
Comment by Cheryl-TedsMom on April 15, 2015 at 8:58pm

Robin my son has been assigned to the Antietam since Sept. They just got back to their home base in Yokosuka Japan. It's 60 KM south east of Tokyo. He loves it over there and has embraced the culture. The Antietam has a Facebook Page and that can give you an idea of what activities our sailors participate in on and off duty. This winter my sailor participated in a volleyball tournament, they also post pictures of their parties, charitable events, ship activities and sailor accomplishments. In the past they have live streamed their weekly crew meetings - Viper Fridays (11 PM on Thursday for us) Welcome on board.

Comment by Robin on April 15, 2015 at 9:02am
Anyone out there? My son just got orders for Japan and the Antietam.
Comment by Elane L. on August 23, 2014 at 8:26pm

sorry Cheryl-TedsMom, don't have experience with any of the Airline credit cards.   I did get to go to Japan to visit my son in March on the Antietam.  before they went out to sea.  flew Delta...they treated us very well.  fed us several times, video screen on the back of every seat for entertainment for the lengthy flight.   but the plane was full, not a lot of leg room. Glad I went,  tickets were booked several weeks in advance but had to be changed due to ships schedule.  cost about 1300$ each round trip (Omaha to Narita airport in Japan). 


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