While there may not be a lot of downtime at sea, sailors and Marines make the most of their time off with “swim calls.”
During these events, they are given permission to swim near the US vessel while onlookers keep an eye out for sharks.
In honour of World Oceans Day, we’ve collected 21 photos showing that the US Navy and US Marine Corps have the best diving boards and swimming pools.
Sailors assigned to the Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Halsey swim in the Philippine Sea.
Sailors play football in the well deck of the USS Cleveland off of the coast of Espiritu Santo, Vanuatu.
Sailors from US 7th Fleet flagship USS Blue Ridge participate in a swim call after a Crossing the Line ceremony.
Sailors during a swim call jump off an aircraft elevator aboard the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Carl Vinson into the Arabian Sea.
Sailors and Marines aboard the multipurpose amphibious-assault ship USS Bataan dive off the stern gate during a swim call in the Mediterranean Sea.
Sailors aboard the USS Thach participate in a swim call during the Crossing the Line ceremony weekend, which commemorates a sailor's first crossing of the equator, in the Pacific Ocean.
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