Over at NavyTimes.com, they have put together a fascinating slide show on the uneven deployment schedule faced by Navy ships and their sailors.
Not only do different ship classes have drastically different deployments, but even among a single class of ship, time spent at sea can vary wildly.
For the three-year period, the average ship was deployed about 33% of the time, but some individual ships actually spent almost 60% of the time at sea - with crews serving at sea for more time than they have seen their families. At the other end of the spectrum, budget issues, repairs, and modifications have kept some ships in port for much more than the norm. The USS Theodore Roosevelt was only at sea for about 5% of the time - due to a lengthy overhaul.
Check out the entire article over at NavyTimes.com.