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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USS Denver LPD-9

Anyone with a loved one aboard the USS Denver

Members: 23
Latest Activity: May 24, 2014

Discussion Forum


Started by jvillenavymom. Last reply by jvillenavymom Dec 9, 2013. 2 Replies

My son has orders to join the USS Denver in Feb. 2014.  I am so new to all of this.  Does he need to buy a phone when he gets to Sasebo or does he take his phone from hear.  Also, can he take a Ipad…Continue


Started by jvillenavymom. Last reply by cameronleigh Dec 7, 2013. 1 Reply

My son has orders to join the USS Denver in Feb. 2014.  I am so new to all of this.  Does he need to buy a phone when he gets to Sasebo or does he take his phone from hear.  Also, can he take a Ipad…Continue

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Comment by proud_mom_diana on May 24, 2014 at 9:59am

Hi all I just joined this group. My son is currently serving on the Denver in Japan.  Per the Denver fb page, the official decom ceremony is scheduled for August 14 in Pearl Harbor Hawaii.  They are offering ship tours around that date. I'm struggling about going. The sailors cat take time off but "should" have some free time in the eve and maybe weekends depending on workload. I'm struggling about going. Would be coming from Baltimore MD. Is anyone considering going?l

Comment by MyKidIsInNavy on February 24, 2014 at 8:23pm

So has anyone heard what the impact is on their Sailors with the Denver set to decommission??

Comment by His Dream on December 7, 2013 at 4:38pm

Hi USS Denver moms. I have a son that left for the USS Denver almost 2 weeks ago. Other than a quick phone call to let us know he arrived safely we've been communicating through facebook or skype. He was in Great Lakes, Illinois prior to that. He is currently undesignated. So far he hasn't been able to get out and explore the area yet. I miss him, but so excited for him to get to see Japan. His dad and I are hoping to make it there to see him. How far in advance do they know if the ship is in port or at sea?

Looking forward to sharing stories and supporting each other through this site.

Comment by MyKidIsInNavy on October 10, 2013 at 8:39am

OK, looks like orders are in and there will be C school before headed to the Denver.  A whole for me to learn but a few more months in the US..I'll take it

Comment by MyKidIsInNavy on October 7, 2013 at 11:58pm

Between govt shutdown and whatever.....still waiting for final orders...all we heard was now heading to C school before heading to the now we are back in waiting  uugghhh

Comment by soccerbearu10b on October 3, 2013 at 11:54pm

Ok new navy moms I might be able to help out some.  My son left for Japan in June and e took very little with him.  So do not worry about packing a lot.  Get use to sending care packages from the post office because if you send it from anywhere else they will tell you they can not send it and there is a form to fill out with the package so you are aware for customs.  My son and I keep in contact a lot by facebook messages back and forth daily.  He can at least have access that the most.  When on land they can get Wi-Fi so they can facetime or call out through other sources and they will message u on how.  As the other moms have posted there is a lot o pictures and updates on facebook.  So far the ship has been t several different areas besides Japan just to keep you aware they go to sea a lot.  Yes it is suppose to decommisoned next year in Hawaii as of the last update.

Comment by Ryguysmom on October 2, 2013 at 1:37pm

Hi all,I am new to this so please bare with me.. My son leaves for his 1st deployment in a couple of days to Japan for 3 years... As a mother I am struggling with all sorts of emotions, worry being the biggest one... LOL...How did you guys deal with it? I know he will be fine and the Navy will take good care of him, but he is going to be in a foreign country and soooo far away from home... Also does anyone have any suggestions as to what to pack that they dont have access to in Japan? 

Comment by MyKidIsInNavy on September 27, 2013 at 8:40am

Hi everyone, brand new here....My Sailor just got his orders and is headed to the Denver in a couple weeks.  Any ideas since its being decommissioned 9/14 where these Sailors go comes then?

Comment by jenniferzcrazyplace on September 14, 2013 at 1:34am

My son is on the USS Denver too. I am so happy they have been posting photos on facebook.  make the time go by faster,

Comment by soccerbearu10b on August 2, 2013 at 4:00am

Well I guess we are in Australia now at least that is what my son has texted me.  He has been on this ship since June, but I never could remember which one until I recently I to start shipping care packages.


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