Together We Served (in the United States Navy)


I enlisted in the U.S. Navy right out of high school and ended up spending about twenty years in the service. It was the Navy that brought me and my family to Mayport, Florida, where we settled in Jacksonville Beach. If you are interested in reading more about my navy service, take a look at my service summary on the Together We Served website where you view a list of the the ships and other duty stations where I served. You can view some of the travel photos I shot overseas on my photo website at Al’s Navy Travel Photos. Here are a few samples-

Mt. Etna from Catania, 1976
Fatima, Portugal, 1973

Valberg, France, 1973

Valberg, France, 1973
Tour bus stopped to put on chains, French Alps, 1973
Corinth Canal (Agean to Ionian seas) 1973
Acropolis 1973
Palma, Spain, 1973, Al with his rental car

You can also check out some shipboard photos from those days in the Military section of my photo site. Here are a couple of samples-

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Heavy Seas on Intrepid (CVA-11) 1973


Heavy Seas on Intrepid (CVA-11) 1973
Arrested  Landing on USS  Intrepid, 1973


Arrested Landing on USS Intrepid, 1973
Plane Catapulted Off USS Intrepid


Plane Catapulted Off USS Intrepid
Phantom jet Launched of  USS F.D. Roosevelt 1976.


Phantom jet Launched of USS F.D. Roosevelt 1976.


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Back on the Signal Bridge

USS North Carolina (BB-55)

I spent a few days on the Carolina coast last week. I stopped at Wilmington to go aboard the battleship USS North Carolina (BB-55) which is now a memorial there. Of course, I shot a few photos of the ship. Here are several of those photos.


View from the fantail looking forward over turret 3



Foremast and superstructure. Note the ship’s callsign flags (NIBK)

As a former Navy signalman, I enjoyed spending some time on the North Carolina’s signal bridge where I shot the following photos-

Flag bag (signal-flag container)
24″ Signal Light

While I was there, while leaning on the port flag bag and using my cell phone, I called my old shipmate, Bob Stockton, and said “Stockton, this is Forrest on the signal bridge.” It was just like old times.

Looking Forward Over Turrets 1 and 2


Pilot House

I have posted more photos of the battleship on my photo site at I’d love for you to take a look.


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