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 Dubuque LPD8 " The Mighty 8 "


USS Dubuque LPD8  " The Mighty 8 "

A place were loved ones can come and talk about there sailor on the USS Dubuque

Location: San Diego California
Members: 36
Latest Activity: Jun 15, 2012

Discussion Forum

Hooray, They're home!!!!!

Started by chopperdad. Last reply by Julie Dec 17, 2010. 12 Replies


Started by chopperdad. Last reply by Julie Dec 9, 2010. 1 Reply

Mail deadline

Started by chopperdad Oct 25, 2010. 0 Replies

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Comment by USMCWife on December 1, 2010 at 1:17am
No he doesn't get to come home...the Marines that don't have anyone joining them for the Tiger Cruise still have to stay on the ship. I already asked him if he could request to fly home from the last port and they were immediately denied...I just don't understand it. This deployment has been 100 times more difficult than my friends that have guys deployed in Afghanistan. They talk to them every day, and Skype with them at least weekly. At least that way, they know they are okay. This has been tough! But I know it has just been just as hard on him too :)
Comment by USMCWife on November 30, 2010 at 10:19pm
Wow, I am so jealous that you ladies get to go on the Tiger Cruise with your Sailors. They set SUPER strict requirements for the Marines Tiger Cruise guests. You have to be a blood relative of the same sex as the Marine. So no Mom's allowed to join the Marine men! There have definitely been some big rule differences on board! I know it all comes down to their Commands. Have fun ladies. Boy do I wish I could go :)
Comment by chopperdad on November 16, 2010 at 9:13am
Free signs!
This is a good thing to have when you are dockside and your sailor or marine is disembarking and trying to find you. I have done business with this company three times and they are good reliable people to do business with
Comment by lvenglishteacher on November 13, 2010 at 3:53am
Finally heard from my son today. It had been 12 weeks and 6 days since we have heard anything. I'll sleep better tonight!
Comment by lvenglishteacher on October 24, 2010 at 1:48am
Thanks for the kind welcome, I've been lurking for a long time. I've really enjoyed reading your posts. They really were helpful. This our 1st deployment.
Comment by chopperdad on October 23, 2010 at 8:20pm
Tiger Cruise! I was all set to go when my son was on the USS Boxer. Bought $600 worth of plane tickets, etc and then there was an outbreak of swine flu on board, and the whole cruise was canceled! The plane ticket was non refundable so I lost out big time, and so did many others.
Moral of the story-1) buy refundable tickets because anything can happen (you know how much tension there is between S Korea and N Korea and they will be going right past there). 2) don't buy the tickets until the Navy gives their final approval and final dates, 3) don't count on the cruise until you are on the boat!

Otherwise, See you there!!
Comment by lvenglishteacher on October 23, 2010 at 5:54pm
We haven't heard from our son for 9 weeks today. I guess he's just to busy to write.
Comment by chopperdad on October 20, 2010 at 7:20pm
My son just got released from a one month long "river city" communication restriction. I hadn't heard from him for a month. Maybe your son too, Julie?
Comment by pam j on October 6, 2010 at 7:54pm
Shirley. The person who sings it is Radney Foster. Yes I spelled it correctley. Lol. The name of the song is. Angel Flight. Makes me sad to listen to it cause it could be any of our sailors some day.
Comment by pam j on October 3, 2010 at 6:53pm
Have u guys heard the song "Angel Flight" my Marine husband plays it all the time. Its a beautiful song and it makes me cry. I also cry at the national anthem when it is played.

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