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Swimming in the Endless Blue | U.S. PATRIOT NEWS & REVIEWS

Have you ever dreamed of swimming in the ocean? To dive into deep dark blue waters of the Pacific as your rational mind, warns you of the dangers of the deep that lurk beneath? Well, the Navy has you covered, just hop onboard a naval ship and wait for the captain to announce a swim call! Events like the swim call are rare, and only happen whenever a certain amount of time in deployment has come to pass. The captain of the ship is overall in charge of the event, and it’s one of the few joys that sailors anticipate during deployment.

Deployments in the Navy are usually six months, but lately, this hasn’t been the norm. As deployments keep getting longer, swim calls become more common. The type of swim call truly depends on the vessel, especially with larger crews in mind. For carriers swim calls, sailors jump from the hangar bay into the ocean and swim a set distance back on-board. It’s no secret that sailors tend to view it as unfavorable and rather dull, but the experience is still enjoyable. After all, how often do people have the opportunity to jump off a naval carrier without calling an emergency drill? Sailors can’t do that on the pier without catching tuberculosis or hepatitis even AIDS with the amount of pollution in those waters.

But, that’s not saying nothing is caught in the ocean. The water is freezing and sailors are waiting in line for quite some time before they’re finally allowed to dive in. The organization for a carrier swim call is basically a line which creeps slowly towards the edge of the hangar bay, but with 5000 sailors on board this process can take up to a few hours and the middle of the ocean isn’t particularly warm which leads to colds. The other issue is water based predators waiting for idiots to swim in their waters. This is why they post “lifeguards” to watch out for sharks. While there are preventative measures like nets around the water and buoys, the Navy still takes measures to spot for threats such as sharks and migrating hordes of jellyfish waiting to devour a human being. However, if this happens then the swim call is called off and only those who were ahead of the line manage to have any fun. But, it’s not the same for other Navy ships…

The best swim calls are always the LHD’s these vessels have an opening which allows it to launch boats and other amphibious assault vehicles such as LAV’s. But, it also functions as a pool for the sailors during swim calls. The roof also protects the sailors from harmful UV rays, and the escape ramp is nearby in case of emergencies. I’ve heard only stories from other sailors, but apparently, they’re a fan favorite. Smaller vessels such as destroyers are also popular among sailors for allowing more time in the water than carriers. But, smaller crews tend to have overall higher morale than larger ships in general.

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Emmanuel "Dash the Bomber" Barbosa

Emmanuel Barbosa, AKA Dash The Bomber, is currently serving in the 7th fleet, and has over 8 years of experience in the military. A writer with a penchant for the humorous and informative, he loves to share his stories with those who would be willing to listen. Having served in deployments that have taken him around the world, Dash has seen and heard about many things that would be hard to believe. A loving father and a faithful husband, he is dedicated to protecting his family and country. For fun he enjoys cosplaying, videogames, and writing for online magazines.

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