“Manning the Rail”

Sailors man the rail as USS Ronald Reagan (CVN 76) departs her homeport at Naval Air Station North Island. This will be the maiden deployment for the Navy’s newest Nimitz-Class nuclear powered aircraft carrier.

It’s an old Navy tradition — manning the rails of a ship as it leaves port or returns. It’s just not quite the same as when I was a sailor —a quarter of a century ago.

Has it really been that long? — When I left the Navy, Jimmy Carter was the president and the hostages were still in Tehran.

This image is cropped from a photo on the Damascus Road blog — “manning the rails” on shore as USS Ronald Reagan (CVN 76) departs her homeport at Naval Air Station North Island, Coronado, California.

Post from one of my abandoned blogs – North Farnham Freeholder – recovered from Internet Archive WayBackMachine 2/28/2011; recovered image and updated post 11/20/2017

america, american history, military, photography

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