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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

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**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).  


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**UPDATE 8/25/2022 - MASK MANDATE IS LIFTED.  Vaccinations still required.

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


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This group is for anyone with a sailor on the USS TORTUGA in Saesbo, Japan.

Location: Saesbo, Japan
Members: 47
Latest Activity: Aug 25, 2014


USS TORTUGA is the sixth Dock Landing Ship in the WHIDBEY ISLAND class and the third ship in that class built by Avondale in New Orleans. In April 2006, the TORTUGA replaced the USS FORT McHENRY (LSD 43) as a forward deployed naval unit in Sasebo, Japan. The hull swap was part of the Navy's long-range plan to routinely replace older ships assigned to the Navy's Forward Deployed Naval Force with newer or more capable ships. The TORTUGA was previously homeported in Little Creek, Va.

General Characteristics: Keel laid: March 23, 1987
Christened: November 19, 1988
Commissioned: September 7, 1990
Builder: Avondale Shipyards, New Orleans, La.
Propulsion system: four Colt Industries 16 Cylinder Diesels
Propellers: two
Length: 610 feet (186 meters)
Beam: 84 feet (25.6 meters)
Draft: 21 feet (6.4 meters)
Displacement: approx. 16,000 tons full load
Speed: 22 knots
Well deck capacity: four LCAC or 21 LCM-6 (on deck: one LCM-6, two LCPL and one LCVP)
Aircraft: none, but two landing spots allow for operation of aircraft as large as the CH-53E
Crew: Ship: 20 Officers, 25 Chief Petty Officers, 302 Enlisted
Crew: Marine Detachment: approx. 400 + approx. 100 surge
Armament: two 20mm Phalanx CIWS, two 25mm Mk-38 guns, six .50-calibre Machine guns, two Rolling Airframe Missile (RAM) systems
Cost: $153 million
Homeport: Sasebo, Japan

Discussion Forum

Mailing a letter to our Sailor

Started by number1fanofmyson. Last reply by number1fanofmyson Feb 27, 2013. 10 Replies

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You need to be a member of USS TORTUGA to add comments!

Comment by pamdolen on September 13, 2013 at 9:45pm

This page needs updating please as the Tortuga is no longer stationed in Sasebo!


Comment by blm on June 25, 2013 at 6:29pm

this was posted on Tortuga facebook today:

****************** POST OFFICE NOTE: USS TORTUGA MAILING ADDRESS WILL OFFICIALLY CHANGE 1 JULY 2013. Crew members are encouraged to notify family, friends, creditors, and correspondence of the address change. NEW USS ASHLAND MAILING ADDRESS TO BE USED AFTER 1 JULY 2013. ...
FPO AP 96660-1736
USS TORTUGA FPO AP 96679-1734 will continue to exist for 60 days AFTER the hull-swap and all mail received two months after the hull-swap to the old TOR address will be forwarded by the VA based TORTUGA crew back to our new ship, USS Ashland. *****************
I suppose will should change name of our group??
Comment by Navymomx2 on June 10, 2013 at 3:07pm

This has been our experience. Someone else may have experienced a similar circumstance with a different outcome.

Comment by Navymomx2 on June 10, 2013 at 3:05pm

Yes it is possible that he might get it approved but it may be too early to ask right now especially since the ship may not know if it will be deployed at that time or not. If they are deployed it is unlikely he will be able to get that time since he would have to be flown from the ship back to the base. I think they will only do that in the case of a death in the immediate family. There was a death in my family in July 2010 and they flew my son to his base and then home ( at his expense of course). He got 14 days and then had to fly back, then back to his ship which was still deployed.

Comment by Kristine (USS Tortuga) on June 10, 2013 at 11:08am

Hi ladies! I am sorry to bug everyone but I didn't know how this works. My brother put in for leave for next spring and it has been denied so he is going to try again closer to the date of my wedding and hopefully it gets approved. Do you ladies know anything about how leave works when they are deployed? I'd ask my brother but he is pretty non-communicative lately for some reason. I'm starting to worry as I'd like him to be IN the wedding. Thanks so much for any information you have - last I heard they were in Thailand (and may still be).

Comment by Mamma Marsha on June 8, 2013 at 8:40am
Yes:) im soaking it all in.
Comment by blm on June 8, 2013 at 7:53am

welcome Marsha-I see you also joined Japan moms.

Comment by Mamma Marsha on June 7, 2013 at 11:35pm
Hello all my Sailor just got his orders for this ship. Im tring to stay on top of things.
Comment by blm on May 24, 2013 at 12:08pm

I did get some emails and photos-all seems well

Comment by blm on May 21, 2013 at 9:52pm
Okiemom. Not sure you have the right ship either but this is a transport ship for marines so could be.

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