When your on a ship like the USS Dwight D. Eisenhower, the ocean is your own private swimming pool.

The series of incredible photos below shows members of the armed forces enjoying the great down-time tradition of “swim call.”

Basically “swim call” is when a massive ship stops in the middle of the ocean and lets the sailors and Marines jump in the water to help maintain morale.

In years past some sailors were placed on “shark watch” from a mounted .50 cal machine gun during swim call.

There’s also a SAR swimmer on call acting as a lifeguard.

The gallery below shows sailors and Marines jumping off destroyers and and carriers deployed around the world.

Have you ever been on swim call?

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