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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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Visite esta página para explorar en su idioma las oportunidades de educación y carreras para sus hijos en el Navy.



U.S.S. Carter-Hall, LSD 50


U.S.S. Carter-Hall, LSD 50

For families and friends of sailors serving on the U.S.S. Carter-Hall, LSD 50.

Members: 37
Latest Activity: Dec 29, 2019

Discussion Forum


Started by ANTHONY'SMOM. Last reply by ANTHONY'SMOM Apr 7, 2017. 3 Replies

furniture needed

Started by denise. Last reply by denise Nov 22, 2011. 2 Replies

Which port, oh dear me!

Started by blackberrybunny. Last reply by navyswomom Apr 6, 2011. 10 Replies

Comment Wall


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Comment by meam on April 10, 2016 at 4:58pm

A sad day for the USS Carter Hall. Has anyone heard from their sailor today?


Comment by meam on March 31, 2016 at 11:34am

Hi Kimberly68, My son is an Officer and honestly I don't know his rate or even if he has a rate. He lives off the base with his wife who he met there in Virginia Beach. We are from the San Francisco Bay Area. I belong to the Northern California NavyforMoms group. We have had several get togethers and do meet every year for Veteran''s Day parade in Petaluma. I have not been out to Virginia yet. I would like to get out there this year and see the base and the Carter Hall. I like that we can see what's going on with the ship on FB. The Easter Egg Hunt was pretty sweet. My son is the oldest of my four children. I miss him a lot but love following his naval career. Whenever the ship goes out I have a yellow ribbon painted on my building and invite all military folks to write their loved one's name or whatever they want on it.

I'm wondering if anyone has ever been on the Carter Hall?


Comment by meam on March 29, 2016 at 2:23pm

Hello Navy Moms, I am new to the Carter Hall. I have been on NavyforMoms for a few years. I am in Northern California. My son has been with the Carter Hall for about a year. I am only just now getting up to speed about the ship. I only recently learned about the "Gator Navy". My family are all getting tshirts and sweatshirts with logo.I follow the Carter Hall on FB and find that usually after they have been out the post pictures afterwards.It's always fun when you spot your sailor in one of the photos.


Comment by Nanay on September 30, 2015 at 6:41am
Ty Kimberly68, his undesignated, I'm glad that ur son is much happier now, hope and praying for my son to be the same.I will tell him that his not alone on what his feeling right now, maybe it will help him.
Comment by Nanay on September 29, 2015 at 2:14pm
Hello, I'm a new mom of a Sailor, and just wondering if anyone here can help me, my son is in a shipyard and his having a hard time adjusting.
Comment by Tatty on May 28, 2015 at 10:30pm
Kim, he's a Seaman
Comment by Tatty on May 19, 2015 at 2:29pm
What a great treat it was to have my son for mother's day weekend/week but today he's back to carter hall , God bless him.
Comment by mama spence on March 19, 2013 at 9:15am

Hey everyone, what a great morning this is.  I went on FB for USS Carter Hall and saw a few pictures of my son in the photo tab, that just made my day!!!  I am so thankful for the people that takes the pictures and post them for us to see.  It makes them being away less harder. Hope everyone has a great day.  Prayers are being sent out for all military service men and women and their families.  God Bless.

Comment by rmwjcpa on March 8, 2013 at 12:46pm

Hi, If you register on this site under the Family tab, the Ombudsman will send you informative e-mails.  Recently, she sent out an information sheet on care packages.  You can e-mail her to get a copy.  Also, if you are on Facebook, Carter Hall now has a FB page and there was a posting about sending care packages.  Here is the mailing address for the ship:


FPO AE 09573-1738 21880
My son is already asking for snacks and they have not left yet - LOL.  Hope this helps and good luck.



Comment by mama spence on March 8, 2013 at 9:57am

Same here Gwen, I would like FPO address and what can be sent in care packages as well.


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