Politics: 21 stunning photos prove the US Navy and US Marine Corps have the best diving boards and swimming pools

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During swim calls, they are given permission to swim near the US vessel while onlookers keep an eye out for sharks.

While there may not be a lot of downtime at sea, sailors and Marines make the most of their time off with “swim calls.”

During these events, they are given permission to swim near the US vessel while onlookers keep an eye out for sharks.

We've collected 21 photos showing that the US Navy and US Marine Corps have the best diving boards and swimming pools.

A sailor from the USS Mobile Bay jumps into the Pacific Ocean.

Sailors assigned to the Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Halsey swim in the Philippine Sea.

Sailors and Marines aboard the USS Essex run into the Celebes Sea.

Plunging into the Mediterranean Sea from the USS Carl Vinson.

A sailor from the USS Antietam joins his fellow crew in the Indian Ocean.

A Marine from the USS Kearsarge dives into the waters of Aqaba, Jordan.

A sailor jumps from the USS Jason Dunham into the Mediterranean Sea.

Sailors play football in the well deck of the USS Cleveland off of the coast of Espiritu Santo, Vanuatu.

Sailors and Marines from the USS Iwo Jima enjoy the Gulf of Aden.

Sailors jump from the USS Dwight D. Eisenhower into the North Arabian Sea.

Sailors from US 7th Fleet flagship USS Blue Ridge participate in a swim call after a Crossing the Line ceremony.

Sailors and Marines from the USS Mesa Verde swim in the Mediterranean Sea.

Sailors and Marines aboard the USS Fort McHenry jump off the stern gate into the Mediterranean Sea.

Sailors jump from the aircraft carrier USS Dwight D. Eisenhower in the North Arabian Sea.

A sailor jumps off the stern gate of the USS New Orleans during a swim call in the Gulf of Aden.

Sailors during a swim call jump off an aircraft elevator aboard the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Carl Vinson into the Arabian Sea.

Sailors from the aircraft carrier USS Dwight D. Eisenhower jump into the North Arabian Sea.

Sailors and Marines aboard the multipurpose amphibious-assault ship USS Bataan dive off the stern gate during a swim call in the Mediterranean Sea.

Sailors aboard the USS Thach participate in a swim call during the Crossing the Line ceremony weekend, which commemorates a sailor's first crossing of the equator, in the Pacific Ocean.

Sailors assigned to the USS Carl Vinson swim during a swim call in the Arabian Sea.

Military personnel watch as sailors from the USS Cleveland swim near Papua New Guinea.

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