Sailing Party


Even the Naval Academy joined in the celebrations for the 2nd birthday of the WAVES. Here a group a sailor and WAVES go out on what the Navy calls a “sailing party” – though it looks the the boats are propelled by engines to us!

The photo comes from the National Archives and was published to coincide with the WAVES 2nd anniversary.


This is the closest many WAVES got to being on board a ship during the war. WAVES weren’t allowed to serve overseas until early 1945, a year and a half after this image was taken. It’s of WAVES on an excursion out of the U.S. Naval Academy in Annapolis. The photo comes from the National Archives.