If I am inclined to doubt, steady my faith; if I am tempted, make me strong to resist; if I should miss the mark, give me courage to try again. Guide me with the light of truth and give me strength to faithfully serve Thee, now and always. Amen. — Chaplain’s Center, US Naval Academy, Annapolis, Maryland.
In the navies of English-speaking nations (and the United States Coast Guard), the term “shipmate” is used among sailors as a generic moniker. It is used in the third person by a member of a ship’s crew to describe another member, or in the second person when referring to any other Naval service member.
A sailor is someone who works on passenger ships, freighters, and tanker ships, navigating sea-going vessels and assisting with the maintenance, operation, and service of these vessels. Today, sailors may work for the military or private companies in all aspects of marine employment.
Now I lay me down to sleep, I pray the Lord my soul to keep, Grant th at before I wake, No other sailor my shoes and socks will take. Lord w atch over me in my slumber, And see th at my hammock stays on its number; See th at no clews or lashings break, To let me fall before I wake.
other words for sailorman/ woman bluejacket. boater. mariner. mate. middy.
matelot ( slang , British), Jack Tar, seafaring man or woman or person, lascar, leatherneck ( slang )
Navy Motto “Non sibi sed patriae” (Not self but country) is often cited as the Navy’s motto , however.
“The Navy study found that sailors were on duty 108 hours a week, exceeding their weekly on-duty allocation of 81 hours ,” the study found. “This on-duty time included 90 hours of productive work — 20 hours per week more than the 70 hours that is allotted in the standard work week.”
Flight Deck Crew on Aircraft Carrier These jobs are considered the most dangerous classification of jobs in the US Navy. Accidents on flight decks can range from crew members falling overboard to a crew member being too close to an engine intake and ending up hurt or killed by being sucked into the aircraft engine.
Sailors had to accept cramped conditions, disease, poor food and pay, and bad weather. Men working at sea had much to endure; cut off from normal life on shore for months, even years, they had to accept cramped conditions, disease, poor food and pay. Above all, they faced the daily dangers of sea and weather.
“ Fair Winds and Following Seas ” is a gesture of good luck to those we will miss and sailors who have served with honor and courage. The combination of phrases implies that a vessel will have good winds , and not have to pound into the waves.