The Ticonderoga-class guided-missile cruiser USS Antietam (CG 54) frocked 31 Sailors and pinned two senior chiefs to their new pay grade during a frocking and pinning ceremony at-sea on the ship’s flight deck, May 29.
The frocking ceremony is a historical tradition that dates back to the 1800s and authorizes Sailors the right to wear the rank, insignia and assume the responsibilities of their next pay grade. Frocked Sailors do not receive the pay of their new grade until actually promoted.
In addition to on-the-job training, Sailors put many hours in studying bibliographies, in-rate manuals and instructions in order to advance. Sailors made time throughout the busy day to study.
Antietam is on patrol in the U.S. 7th Fleet area of operation supporting security and stability in the Indo-Asia-Pacific region.
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