Sailors assigned to USS Halsey (DDG 97) participate in a command swim call. U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialists 3rd Class Bradley J. Gee/Released. Navy.Mil

Steel Beach Picnic - Navy Tradition

Bowfin Museum

We thought we might share a little information about the Naval tradition, “steel beach picnic” or “steel beach party”. ⁣ ⁣

A steel beach picnic is just as it sounds, a picnic topside of the submarine. The cook will bring out a grill and cook up some burgers and hot dogs and the crew will eat on top of the submarine and relax in the sun. For the most part, while out to sea, the Navy maintains a no alcohol policy. However, when a ship or submarine has been out for over 45 days, the captain can request a ‘beer day’, which can be held on the same day as a steel beach picnic. ⁣ ⁣ A swim call may also be allowed. During a swim call, submariners enjoy fresh air, sun, and a dip in the open ocean.⁣