May 28

Free Time!

Thursday, May 28, 2015 12:20 PM

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As I search through the USNI Archives and Navy.mil for photos I am struck by the truth of “the more things change the more things stay the same.” From onboard entertainment to onshore sight seeing today’s sailors continue to follow in their predecessors’ footsteps. Beginning with Liberty,

Sailors returning from Liberty to the USS Wisconsin while deployed to Asia ca. 1903

Sailors returning from Liberty to the USS Wisconsin (BB-9) while deployed to Asia ca. 1903

 

Sailors aboard the nuclear-powered aircraft carrier USS Nimitz (CVN 68) line up to go on liberty during a port visit to Hong Kong on April 3, 2008. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class David Mercil (Released)

Sailors aboard the nuclear-powered aircraft carrier USS Nimitz (CVN 68) line up to go on liberty during a port visit to Hong Kong on April 3, 2008. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class David Mercil (Released)

It appears that touring ancient ruins is still popular

Sailors spend time enjoying the ruins of the Parthenon in Greece, ca. 1920.

Sailors spend time enjoying the ruins of the Parathion in Greece, ca. 1920.

 

Sailors and Marines assigned to the aircraft carrier USS Enterprise (CVN 65) take pictures of ancient fort, Qal’at al Bahrain, during a morale, welfare and recreation tour in Bahrain on May 21, 2012 (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Gregory White/Released)

Sailors and Marines assigned to the aircraft carrier USS Enterprise (CVN 65) take pictures of ancient fort, Qal’at al Bahrain, during a morale, welfare and recreation tour in Bahrain on May 21, 2012 (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Gregory White/Released)

Sailors even find time play sports

Sailors from the USS Wisconsin (BB-9) playing football while deployed to the Far East ca. 1903.

Sailors playing football while deployed to the Far East ca. 1903.

 

Sailors assigned to the guided-missile destroyer USS Oscar Austin (DDG 79) play in a friendly soccer game against members of the Seychelles People's Defense Force on April 20, 2015 in Port Victoria, Seychelles. (U.S. Navy photo by Ensign Kirsten Krock/Released)

Sailors assigned to the guided-missile destroyer USS Oscar Austin (DDG 79) play in a friendly soccer game against members of the Seychelles People’s Defense Force on April 20, 2015 in Port Victoria, Seychelles. (U.S. Navy photo by Ensign Kirsten Krock/Released)

There is still onboard entertainment.

Without the USO and quick transportation the sailors of the early Twentieth Century relied on themselves for entertainment. For example, the dramatic club of the USS Wisconsin (BB-9) ca. 1903, performing for an audience.

The sailors of the early Twentieth Century relied on themselves for entertainment. For example, the dramatic club of the USS Wisconsin (BB-9) ca. 1903, performing for an audience.

Country music artist Jason Michael Carroll performs for the crew of the aircraft carrier USS George H.W. Bush (CVN 77) on May 11, 2014 somewhere in the Arabian Sea. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Joseph R. Vincent/Released)

Country music artist Jason Michael Carroll performs for the crew of the aircraft carrier USS George H.W. Bush (CVN 77) on May 11, 2014 somewhere in the Arabian Sea. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Joseph R. Vincent/Released)

Dancing competitions,

Square dancing on the USS Wisconsin (BB-9) while deployed to the Far East ca. 1903. Sailors were creative then.

Square dancing on the USS Wisconsin (BB-9) while deployed to the Far East ca. 1903.

 

Ship's Serviceman 3rd Class Patrick Williams, from Makin, Ga., takes part in a dancing competition held aboard the aircraft carrier USS Ronald Reagan (CVN 76). on September 8, 2013 in the Pacific Ocean. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Timothy Schumaker/Released)

Ship’s Serviceman 3rd Class Patrick Williams, from Makin, Ga., takes part in a dancing competition held aboard the aircraft carrier USS Ronald Reagan (CVN 76) on September 8, 2013 in the Pacific Ocean. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Timothy Schumaker/Released)

And of course, “swim call”.

Diving into Castelli Bay, Dalmazia, Austria ca. 1920. The sailor is diving from top of the chart-house.

Diving into Castelli Bay, Dalmazia, Austria ca. 1920. The sailor is diving from top of the chart-house.

 

Yeoman 1st Class Margaret Royal from Quincy, Ill., participates in a command swim call aboard the Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Halsey (DDG 97) on September 27, 2014 in the Philippine Sea (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialists 3rd Class Bradley J. Gee/Released)

Yeoman 1st Class Margaret Royal from Quincy, Ill., participates in a command swim call aboard the Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Halsey (DDG 97) on September 27, 2014 in the Philippine Sea (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialists 3rd Class Bradley J. Gee/Released)