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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 Wyette on August 1, 2011 at 2:46am

Hello Everyone! I do miss this group as well. My sailor took leave for 3 weeks after he left USS Dubuque (at the end of June) to travel with me before he joined his next command. His ship is currently deployed. It was really nice to be with him all day and to sleep and wake up next to him just like before he joined the Navy. We took an international trip to visit our own families... we split the time up and visited my family first, then his. This was the first time he met the majority of my family members. (We've been together for over 5 years.) I knew that I would cry when it was time to leave my grandparents, but I didn't expect him to cry with me. (He never cries!) At that point, I was reminded that no matter how hard it is to be in this military relationship, at the end of the day- we're just two normal people loving each other, who are there for each other, who share the joys and sadness in life together...and it wouldn't matter if we we're on the opposite ends of the earth- the way we care for each other is just so strong. I have to admit- in a weird way, I have to thank the military for our closeness. The military has taught us patience, understanding, resiliency, strength in ourselves individually and in unity. Right when we got back to the U.S. form our trip, he immediately left to catch up to his ship.... Now, I'm back to where I was when I joined this group - patiently waiting for my Sailor to come home. : ) 

Shirley, you are very right.... I haven't found a group that feels like this one. I feel more at home here. I encourage everyone to stay and visit once in a while to share how they are coping with the military life or to announce news worth celebrating...etc.


The Dubuque still lives in all of us and in the Sailors that served her.


Comment by chopperdad on July 1, 2011 at 12:00pm
Comment by Wyette on May 16, 2011 at 12:49am
My fiance is still on the DUB until the decommissioning. He was also supposed to go to the USS Carl Vinson, but they ended up reassigning him. He says that work is really slowing down on the DUB and I'm glad that it is since they all deserve a break. It's too bad that my fiance is getting deployed again after the decomm. : ( At least he has shore duty when he gets back from this next deployment. I'm very grateful for everyone on this page as I "was" new to this whole navy thing during the DUB's last deployment and needed to be able to relate to people. I'm glad that we all went through the last deployment together. THANK YOU, THANK YOU, THANK YOU!
Comment by janis USS DUBUQUE on April 10, 2011 at 7:30am
I have something I want to mail my son and cannot find the address!. All i know is to put FN before his name, any help! Thanks, Janis
Comment by chopperdad on March 26, 2011 at 11:00am

According to this, the decomissioning will take place on June 30th. I have seen a number of different dates, don't know which one to believe.



Comment by janis USS DUBUQUE on March 13, 2011 at 8:16am
Thanks again Diane. I wish he'd call!
Comment by janis USS DUBUQUE on March 13, 2011 at 7:38am
Does anyone know the where abouts of the ship today! Are they back at  home port?
Comment by janis USS DUBUQUE on March 11, 2011 at 10:47pm
My son got his orders 3 days ago. After the Dubuque  is decommissioned he is heading to Japan.USS  Denver
Comment by Anti M on March 11, 2011 at 2:02pm
Probably just headed into deeper waters as a precaution, CNN said they'd been near Catalina.   Moving the ship to where it can ride out waved better is sensible.
Comment by jkp on December 6, 2010 at 7:33pm
About the tiger cruise...I was told no women are allowed at all on the Dubuque. And only same sex were allowed since its an all male ship. Is this different for officers or something?

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