An interesting blog from a career navy man.
Like you, I was constantly told during my Navy career to "wait until you get to the real Navy - the Fleet." I spent 30 years in the real Navy. It was the real thing from the first day of recruit training until retirement some 30 years later. It was filled with real Sailors, Chiefs and officers dedicated to fulfilling the Navy's only true mission -
"CONDUCTING SUSTAINED COMBAT OPERATIONS AT SEA."