Referring to a fellow Sailor as a Shipmate is more than just a term of endearment, it is a title that embodies the highest honor and respect that one can bestow upon another in the naval service. A Shipmate is not just a fellow Sailor, but a comrade, a friend, and a brother or sister in arms. A Shipmate is someone who practice the core values of the Navy: honor, courage, and commitment.

Respect is one of the fundamental attributes of a Shipmate. A Shipmate respects others, regardless of their rank, job, sex or ethnicity. They understand that every Sailor plays a critical role in the mission and that every person deserves respect and dignity. A Shipmate treats others as they would want to be treated, with kindness, fairness, and professionalism.

Another defining characteristic of a Shipmate is their willingness to put others before themselves. In the Navy, teamwork is essential, and a Shipmate will always prioritize the needs of the team over their own. They are always ready to lend a helping hand, offering assistance and support to their fellow Sailors.

A Shipmate also takes the responsibility to train their replacement seriously. They understand that they are only part of the Navy for a limited time and that they must pass on their knowledge and experience to the next generation of Sailors. By doing so, they ensure the Navy’s success for years to come.

During times of war, a Shipmate relies on and works with fellow Sailors to protect and defend our great country. They understand that they are part of a team. They put their trust in their Shipmates, knowing that they can always count on them during stressful times.

Being called a Shipmate in the United States Navy is an immense honor, as it represents the highest levels of respect and camaraderie that a Sailor can achieve, regardless if you are on active duty, officer or enlisted, served one enlistment/contract or retired.

Have a great weekend Shipmates!

Very Respectfully,
Mario Vulcano