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**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).  


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**UPDATE 11/10/22 PIR - Vaccinations no longer required.


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USS Mesa Verde (LPD 19)


Location: Naval Station Norfolk
Members: 67
Latest Activity: Oct 14, 2017

Dear moms and wives, I created this group so we could all stay current on events and get questions answered as we needed them.  My daughter has decided to get out of the Navy.  I want you and others to be able to continue using each other and this group as a tool.  Thanks for everything!  Tracy

Discussion Forum

Tiger Cruise 2014

Started by cocojazz. Last reply by sailormoma61 Sep 10, 2014. 1 Reply

Anyone considering going on the Mesa Verde Tiger Cruise ?Continue


Started by Laurie Apr 27, 2014. 0 Replies

I was wondering if there are any Navy/Marines on the Mesa Verde from KY?

USS Mesa Verde Tiger Cruise

Started by rjett. Last reply by cocojazz Nov 14, 2011. 4 Replies

My husband and I are registered for the Tiger Cruise on Aug 13, however we have not received any information as to where we are supposed to meet to catch the bus in Norfolk that will take us to N.…Continue

Tags: RJett

What is the mailing address for theUSS Mesa Verde?

Started by cocojazz. Last reply by cocojazz Oct 25, 2011. 2 Replies

Im at a loss for how to find the proper address to mail my son a care package on the Mesa Verde.  No communication is so tough.  Please help.   kim Continue

Comment Wall


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Comment by bmik09 on September 10, 2014 at 8:19pm

I was wondering how I could get information on the Tiger Cruise? If someone could please let me know, I would greatly appreciate it!

Email me please at:

Comment by ISABELLA on April 8, 2014 at 6:19pm
Hey everyone check out the mesa verde facebook it gets updated daily and they post pictures of the deployment really nice :-)
Comment by ISABELLA on April 8, 2014 at 5:36pm
Missing my sailor very much this deployment needs to go by fast
Comment by missinghimtillimkissinhim on January 17, 2014 at 3:42am
OPSEC! If you are unaware of what it is please look it up. Dates have not been made public yet therefore dates and movements should not be discussed in anyway other then in person or thru code.
Comment by ISABELLA on January 16, 2014 at 11:45pm
*looking for
Comment by ISABELLA on January 16, 2014 at 11:44pm
Hello Mrs. Kay M if you sent a message to my inbox I can give you the information your loo for
Comment by missinghimtillimkissinhim on January 16, 2014 at 8:54pm
The Mesa Verde has several groups on Facebook that have different events and such coming up. A spouses group, an Frg group and an ombudsman group are the main ones I would recommend looking into. None of these sites will have the Deployment date for obvious security reasons. The only way to get that would be to either attend a FRG meeting or speak to your sailor/Marine deploying with the ship.
Comment by LindaB on January 15, 2014 at 11:26am
You might try the Mesa Verde Facebook pages. I think the ombudsman has one. Maybe the FRG. Good luck! My son's current ship is deploying soon as well, and we hope to be in Norfolk to see them off.
Comment by LindaB on January 14, 2014 at 10:29am
Hi Kay M,
You say your son is combat cargo, so maybe that's different, but last time the Mesa Verde deployed, all the Marines and their equipment were loaded and unloaded at Morehead City, N.C. (I say all, but it could have been just most, and maybe a few Marines did go to Norfolk.) My Navy son isn't on Mesa Verde now, but he was then, and we participated in the Tiger Cruise when the ship returned. All the Marines and all their equipment were unloaded at Morehead, and then we Tigers boarded the ship and rode it to the Navy homecoming in Norfolk. I also remember when the ship left, because my son had left a few things he wanted, and I drove to Morehead City to give them to him. They were loading on Marines and their heavy equipment around the clock. Families couldn't go into the pier area. My son had to walk out through the secured gate to me me on the outside. But the ship was so big you could see it from much of the Morehead City waterfront.
Comment by LindaB on November 7, 2012 at 11:49am

Communications are often difficult when they're underway. The Internet and phones go up and down. The sailors are very busy and don't have much time to get to a computer or phone anyway. It doesn't mean they aren't thinking about you. 

TinaG is right - this will be a brief underway, and it should be a good experience rather than dangerous. They will be part of a pretty big event. 

(I don't think I'm saying too much here, since it's in the news.)

They will probably be able to communicate more easily once they're in port.


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