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Tending the Side: A Navy Tradition

Rainbow sideboys render honors as Secretary of the Navy Ray Mabus arrives aboard the then future amphibious assault ship USS America (LHA 6) as it transited the Strait of Magellan, Aug. 19, 2014. America was traveling through the U.S. Southern Command and U.S. 4th Fleet areas of responsibility on its maiden transit, “America visits the Americas”. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Jason Graham/Released)

By Mass Communications Specialist 1st Class Daniel Garas Naval History and Heritage Command Welcoming dignitaries and visitors of special attention aboard ships carries with it the ancient nautical custom of tending the side. In modern age, the physical process of coming aboard a ship is as simple as walking up …

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