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Shipping to FPO

Started this discussion. Last reply by Jonathan Losche Aug 30, 2017. 3 Replies

I wanted to send my son a Leather Man but when I added his address and the system saw the FPO address they denied it.  Has anyone had this problem. Continue

Hot water aboard ship

Started this discussion. Last reply by Randy Watson Feb 17, 2015. 3 Replies

I have a question about conditions aboard Navy DDGs  MY son is stationed aboard DDG 84 and tells me there is no hot water in his berthing area and there is no heat in general and this time of year…Continue

Tags: heat, water, Hot


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Jun 21
Jonathan Losche replied to Mike Baker's discussion General Question
"My son went in without a drivers license.  Hasn't been a big liability for him.  He's stationed in Norfolk and between taxi's, buses and UBER he gets around.  He's been in for 3 years with no real issue."
Feb 12
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Feb 12
Jonathan Losche replied to Jonathan Losche's discussion Shipping to FPO
"It was Cabelas they usually don't have a problem with FPO addresses.  A little research and USPS won't ship knives.  I did have them ship it to me and I'll label it tools instead of knife. I asked my son and he hadn't…"
Aug 30, 2017
Dale Wiles replied to Jonathan Losche's discussion Shipping to FPO
"Jonathan, Is a Leather Man a knife? Some vendors have rules about shipments and destinations and there are companies that won't ship "weapons". For example, Fed Ex seems to be the only ones that will ship firearms. Maybe you will have…"
Aug 30, 2017
NavyDads Admin (Paul) replied to Jonathan Losche's discussion Shipping to FPO
"what is the rest of the story......were you having a merchant send it?  Many will not send packages to APO/FPO addresses....."
Aug 29, 2017
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Shipping to FPO

I wanted to send my son a Leather Man but when I added his address and the system saw the FPO address they denied it.  Has anyone had this problem. See More
Aug 29, 2017
Jonathan Losche posted photos
Jul 18, 2016
NavyDads Admin (Paul) commented on Jonathan Losche's blog post ID to get on base
"Arizona- MVD Motor Vehicle Department though pretty interchangable with DMV"
May 7, 2016
NavyDads CoAdmin Jim Gramza commented on Jonathan Losche's blog post ID to get on base
"...and in Indiana it's called the BMV! Bureau of Motor Vehicles. School ID should be okay as long as it's a picture ID. "
May 7, 2016
Jonathan Losche commented on Jonathan Losche's blog post ID to get on base
"We call it DMV up here in Joisey.  I tried calling the base but they were closed.  I'll call during Business hours.  Thanks"
May 7, 2016
Navy Dads Co-Admin Tom commented on Jonathan Losche's blog post ID to get on base
"Registry of Motor Vehicles....but I believe that under 17, his School ID will suffice...."
May 7, 2016
Jonathan Losche commented on Jonathan Losche's blog post ID to get on base
May 7, 2016
Navy Dads Co-Admin Tom commented on Jonathan Losche's blog post ID to get on base
"I don't think it could probably get an ID at the RMV...."
May 7, 2016
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ID to get on base

My son is returning from deployment in July and we're going down to see the ship come in.  We both have drivers licenses that will let us get on base.  My son is 15 and only has a school ID should I get him a US passport?See More
May 7, 2016
Jonathan Losche commented on Patrick Lawrence Hogue's blog post Why the NAVY term used for Engineers is "SNIPES"
"Thanks for this article, My son is on a DDG and used this term in a letter home so I had to look it up.  I forwarded it on to him, I'm sure the origins are lost to most."
Mar 7, 2016

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ID to get on base

Posted on May 7, 2016 at 12:00pm 6 Comments

My son is returning from deployment in July and we're going down to see the ship come in.  We both have drivers licenses that will let us get on base.  My son is 15 and only has a school ID should I get him a US passport?

Shipping to the Fleet Post Office

Posted on January 3, 2016 at 4:00pm 0 Comments

I've been struggling with sending packages to my son who is on a DDG. 

It's relatively easy when you address the package yourself but using one of the online stores, it's more cross your fingers and hope.

My son's address looks something like this:

Sailor's Name

Their Division / Department

USS Bulkeley (DDG 84)

Unit 100319 Box 1* (they each have their own box number)



Drydock Assignment, What happens to the sailors.

Posted on December 19, 2015 at 8:00pm 16 Comments

When my son gets back from his deployment his ship will be going into dry dock.  I am curious as to what happens to the sailors when this happens.  Are they moved to barracks, given shore duty, assigned to other ships or do they continue on the ship and continue as usual?

DVDs in Care Packages

Posted on November 23, 2015 at 7:12am 3 Comments

I went to Amazon and sent two DVDs to my son who is deployed in the Med.  The package was refused in Il. I'm about to send him a Christmas package but now I'm afraid to send it because it contains a DVD. Any idea if it's because it came from Amazon or if it was the DVD that caused the package to be rejected?

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At 9:38am on December 2, 2014, E.G. - ND's Creator/Admin said…

Jonathan, Welcome Aboard!

My son served as an ABE aboard the USS Ronald Reagan in San Diego, Ca. and my family and I couldn't have been prouder. I created NavyDads.Com when he was in boot camp in hopes that this site would better inform new Navy Dads and Navy Families that followed behind me. I designed, built, and launched NavyDads.Com June 18, 2008, two days before his Navy graduation. I then launched NavyOutfitters.Com, our sites "Official Store" in 09'. All proceeds from the store go directly to helping fund what we do here at NavyDads.Com and to ensure our future growth for many years to come.

NavyDads provides the best community for learning about Navy life for everyone but particularly us parents. We are a place for sharing experiences with others that have gone through and are going through the same thing as you. We give you real-time information from others going through it, the sense that you're not alone, and the opportunity to help another along.

So jump right in, share concerns, join groups, share info, and show off your Sailor. I hope this site benefits you and your family throughout your Sailors journey in the United States Navy and I thank them for their service. I wish them the best in their travels and I'm glad you've found us.

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At 8:19am on November 29, 2014, NavyDads Admin, Tim said…

Welcome aboard Jonathan,

I would like to take this time to point you in some of the right directions. For starters if you haven't had the time take a look at the right side of any page you click on. There you will find some useful information for you. The links under the about this site will help you with how this site got started, navigation, P.I.R., About us, community guidelines and some links to some of the groups that beginners with a lot of questions will find very useful. There is also a link called Navy Enlisted Ratings, this link will take you to a brief description of the rates (jobs) in the Navy that you can find your sailors rate and find out some information about the rate that they are in.

First and foremost though we are all here for the same reason. We are curious about what our young sailors are getting into and for more information about the rate or job that they will be doing for the next 4-6 yrs. of their lives. I know when I first got here I had lots of questions and there was not a lot of people on this site but they all were either going through the same thing or had been through it and had sailors out in the fleet. Now this site has grown to over 9000 members, Dads, Moms, Grandparents, Aunts, Uncles, sisters, brothers, girlfriends and boyfriends. Don't be afraid to ask questions of members in here because somewhere along the way we have all had the same questions and asked. There are a lot of knowledgeable people on this site with various years of experience in the NAVY either on their own account or through their Sailors.

Again welcome aboard and BRAVO ZULU to you and your son Kent on his enlistment and please thank him for me for making the choice to defend the freedoms that my family, this country and I have and enjoy.

Navy dads Admin Tim

At 8:00am on November 28, 2014, NavyDads Admin (Paul) said…

Welcome to Jonathan! When my daughter enlisted in 2005 and left for RTC, I had virtually no knowledge of Navy life or how the Navy did things. By the time her PIR rolled around, I was starting to get the hang of things and understand some of the language and abbreviations, but still felt like a fish out of water when dealing with most topics concerning the US Navy. When my son enlisted and left for Great Lakes in 2007, I got serious about trying to learn as much as possible about the Navy. Now, several years into my journey, I’m blessed to say I have two sailors in the family - my son Eric (AM2) was on the USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN-71), was attached to Helicopter Maritime Strike Squadron 37 (HSM-37) in Hawaii, and is now joining VAW-125, the "World Famous" Tigertails in Norfolk. My daughter Kat is now a Navy veteran and was stationed on the carrier Abraham Lincoln (CVN-72) as a Mass Communications Specialist(MC3). If were around in those early days, it would have made my first days as a Navy parent much easier!

I'm sure you'll find as useful, educational and informative as I have over the past few years. Click How To Get Started for a guide on getting going in your experience! I hope you take the time to explore the site and make some new friends. Read the discussions and add your comments. Browse through the postings in the various groups or start a new one. If you have any comments, questions or concerns about your sailor and what he is going sure to post them! In my experience someone here can answer your questions or concerns or can point you in the direction to find out. And Jonathan this is a great place to brag as well! So join in, get active, and be sure to let us know how Kent is doing! Please remember that we talk about the Navy here and we must keep the security and safety of our sailors and the fleet in mind. On the right or starboard side of every NavyDads page is an area we call Key Information. Please take a minute and read through the Operations Security (OPSEC) link for some guidelines as to what we should not talk about in a public forum like

Play the following video for a brief introduction to We've made some cosmetic changes to the site since this video was made, but navigation remains the same.

Best Regards- Paul



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