Linda Maye Adams

Ahoy to the Navy in Japan


A Navy ship arriving in Japan gives us this picture of a military woman at work:

U.S. Navy Petty Officer 3rd Class Abby Thomas heaves a mooring line as the guided-missile destroyer USS Fitzgerald arrives at Commander Fleet Activities Yokosuka in Yokosuka, Japan, Aug. 3, 2015.

U.S. Navy Petty Officer 3rd Class Abby Thomas heaves a mooring line as the guided-missile destroyer USS Fitzgerald arrives at Commander Fleet Activities Yokosuka in Yokosuka, Japan, Aug. 3, 2015.

Photos of the ship she was on are here, including one of the ship in dry dock.

I worked in a Joint Service company.  We worked with all the services, and most were easy to get along with (except the Air Force).  But not everything translated across the services.  Everyone had their own “rice bowl,” and the Navy’s enlisted rank designations were nearly unintelligible to the Army folks.  It seemed to be one of those things where you had to be there in the Navy to understand it, though I suppose they thought the same thing about our rank!

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