Navy brings back torpedoman's mate rating in nod to 'heritage and pride'
After more than 22 years, the Navy is bringing a historic occupational rating out of retirement. The service is re-establishing the "torpedoman's mate" rating, according to an announcement. According to a yet-to-be-published Navy administrative message, officials expect the re-establishment of the rating to "renew the heritage and pride of the submarine TM." The Navy discarded the submarine torpedoman's mate rating in 1995, according to the release; it was merged with the machinist's mate (weapons) rating. The surface torpedoman rating held on for another dozen years before being merged with the gunner's mate rating in 2007.
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