? asked in Politics & GovernmentMilitary · 1 decade ago

What is the rotation for navy sea duty? Is it 6 months at sea, 6 months at home or what?

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  • 1 decade ago
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    When you say "rotation", it could be explained a couple of different ways...

    Most sea duty assignments last anywhere from 3 to 5 or more years, depending on what your paygrade is and what your rating is. If you're an E-4 or below, count on probably being stationed on your ship for 5 years. More senior paygrades (E-6 and above) generally have 3 to 4 year assignments. Some ratings are more sea duty intensive, meaning you'll spend more time at sea than someone in the same paygrade but with a different job.

    Now, during your sea duty stint, you'll probably do at least 2 deployments, maybe as many as 4. They typically last 6 months, but can be extended if necessary. In 2003, the USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN 72) was on its way home from a six-month deployment when Operation Iraqi Freedom started. They turned around, went to the Persian Gulf, and finally got home 9 months after they left. I was on the USS Carl Vinson (CVN 70) during this time. We left on a supposed one-month long "training period" in January. We got back home 8 1/2 months later.

    When you're not on deployment, that doesn't mean you won't go to sea. You'll spend time in homeport but that's usually because the ship has maintenance and repairs going on. Once all that is completed, you'll usually go out to sea for a week here and there or a month here and there for training and operations getting ready for your next deployment.

    Source(s): Retired US Navy veteran
  • 1 decade ago

    Its 4-5 Years Sea 2-3 Years shore.

  • 1 decade ago

    You are assigned as ship's company (a permanent crew member) for a period of 3-5 years depending on your rating. After that you typically go to 3 years of shore duty. During your years of sea duty you can expect to make two major cruises of 6-8 months. When you're not on cruise the ship is still your place of work every day. The ship participates in shorter duration cruises and exercises; might go into the shipyard for a few months or go to places for disaster relief. But in general, you are always preparing for the next 6 month cruise with time inport and underway.

  • Mrsjvb
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    1 decade ago

    3-5 years at sea/ you could be underway 300 days a year, or not at all.

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