For over twenty years, this
sailor has stood the watch.
While some of us were in our bunks at night, this sailor stood the watch.
While some of us were in school learning our trade, this shipmate stood the
Yes, even before some of us were born into this world, this shipmate stood the
In those years when the storm clouds of war were seen brewing on the horizon of
history, this shipmate stood the watch.
Many times he would cast an eye ashore and see his family standing there needing
his guidance and help, needing that hand to hold during those hard
times, but he still stood the watch.
He stood the watch for over twenty years.
He stood the watch so that our families, our fellow countrymen and we could
sleep soundly in safety, each and every night knowing that a sailor stood the
Today we are here to say 'Shipmate... the watch stands relieved.`
Relieved by those you have trained, guided, and lead.
“Shipmate you stand relieved… we have the watch…”
"Boatswain…Standby to pipe the side...
Shipmate's going Ashore..."