As the Navy prepares for a new generation of ships and aircraft, it faces a growing literacy problem among its sailors. Fewer recruits, such as those pictured above en route to their Battle Stations exercise prior to graduation, are entering the service with the necessary reading skills to operate and maintain these advanced systems.
I awoke at 0245 to the general alarm's persistent, wailing BONG, BONG, BONG echoing throughout my stateroom. My chief's voice came a moment later on the IMC: "Fire, fire, fire! Class Charlie fire in number one LPAC!"