A Navy Christmas Card

December 2008


Sea and sky provide the canvas on which man brushes light. For most of the year, what is produced is secondary to the task at hand – but as the Christmas season approaches the imperative turns more and more to the artistic. So, just as the average homeowner across the country adds festive lights to their homestead, the crews of ships in port, be it at home or overseas, also turn to and apply their creative talents, often with dazzling results. And yet, in other areas of the globe the chance to rest, relax and celebrate the season must perforce, be grasped in brief snatches and stolen moments because of the tasks at hand. For a globally deployed and operating force whose mission is at sea cannot swing at anchor in safe harbor all the time and remain an effective force. So as you enjoy the sights and sounds of the season, pause, reflect and give thanks for our Sailors, Marines and Coast Guardsmen who are at sea this holiday, doing our nation’s bidding.

Christmas Lights – Navy Style

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  • Byron

    It’s amazing how beautiful these ships of war can be, even without the lights. It’s pretty cool, too, when sailors decide to go all out with the lights. I remember at Mayport back when we had the old minesweeps and yard tugs, that they were the winners of the lights contest almost every year. Was way cool to see a tug all light up and moving slowly around the basin.

  • We never get tired of photos like these. We dug through our USNI photo archive and put together a similar show that’s running continuously for visitors here at USNI. ADMIN is looking into dropping it into this location for you to enjoy, too.

  • Awesome write-up, really! I really love this time of the year!