Navy's pinning ceremony anchored in tradition

Chief selectees from USS Mahan sing "Anchors Away" as they march to their pinning ceremony held at the end of the pier in Norfolk, Va., on Sept. 13, 2013 .

Courtesy of the U.S. Navy

By STARS AND STRIPES Published: September 17, 2013

Navy commands across the seas last week pinned about 4,600 sailors selected for E-7 to the rank of a chief petty officer.

The pinning ceremony is the culmination of a six-week intense training program to prepare selected sailors for their new responsibilities as senior noncommissioned officers.

In the Navy, the rank of E-7 carries unique and additional responsibilities and privileges that do not appear in print, but exist because of 200 years of naval heritage.

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Chief Petty Officer Gabriel Martinez, a boatswain's mate, has his new cover place on his head during a chief petty officer pinning ceremony at Camp Lemonnier, Djibouti. Navy commands world-wide pinned about 4,600 sailors selected for E-7 last week to the rank of a chief petty officer.
Eric Dietrich/U.S. Navy


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